How To Prepare A Floor For Screeding
Floor screed preparation is the key to a successful flow screed flooring. Here at Flow Screeding Services, we strive to ensure that all of our installations follow a proper procedure.
Step 1: Make Sure The Building Is Watertight
We must ensure that the building is weather tight. The roof and all of the external doors and window openings must be fitted with their final fixtures or a weather proof fixing, in order to ensure the building is completely sealed.
Step 2: Exposed Edges
We have to install a temporary formwork to door opens or any other changes in level.
Step 3: Installing A Membrane
Well taped joins in DPM. Isolation strip and well pinned heating pipes.
We then install a polythene or similar separating membrane to the floor insulation or to the concrete substrate (depending on the build type). Any joints are overlapped by a minimum of 100mm and joined with 50mm tape for the entire length of the joint.
The joins are well taped in DPM. Isolation strip and well pinned heating pipes.
All of the creases are stretched, being careful not to puncture the membrane. The floor screed should never be allowed to come into direct contact with foil covered insulation.
An 8 – 10mm isolation strip is also fitted at the wall-floor junctions and around any stairs, columns, pipe work etc.
Step 4: Underfloor Heating
Heating pipes or cables are then securely fixed down with good quality clips pinned through the membrane. All warm water pipes are filled prior to application of the floor screed to minimise the risk of the pipes floating when the screed is being poured.
Flowing screeds have a high flexural strength, which means they can be laid much thinner than a traditional floor screed, with an increase in overall strength. Piped underfloor heating systems are usually laid to 50mm thickness.
Cross-section diagram of
A Floor with underfloor heating
ready for flow screeding