When should screeds be used over concrete?
Our concrete experts share their top tips on why liquid screeds can be preferred to ready mix concrete
Liquid screeds have huge benefits in all kinds of construction projects. Whilst concrete is a big favourite for large-scale, often outdoor projects, the flowability and smoothness of screeds presents a good option for smaller indoor projects. Check out our top reasons for choosing screeds in your project.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of screeds is that they can be used in conjunction with underfloor heating. Liquid screed will flow around your heating pipework perfectly, meaning that there are no air gaps for heat to escape into. Heat can rise from your heating through liquid screed a lot more effectively than it can through concrete, making it perfect for indoor projects.
A smoother finish
Liquid screed is completely self-evening. It doesn’t crack or curl at all, it doesn’t need sealing and it can be used on dry and wet areas. Whilst ready mix concrete is used for all kinds of construction projects, like pathways, driveways and even conservatories, screed flooring doesn’t leave lumps and bumps, making it better for projects that you’d like a smoother finish on.
You'll be pleased to know that screed has a quick drying time. If you’re running your project to a tight deadline, then screed will be ready between 24 and 48 hours. This means that’s there’s little disruption whilst the screed is being installed; the drying time will depend on the depth and size of the project.