Is your floor damaged?

By Ellyn Peratikou

Most people hate home improvement projects. But all of them love the end result. Chic colour combinations, freshly painted walls, shiny floors, and improved indoor air quality are just a few benefits of renovating your home.

When should you remodel your home? Although there is no exact date for starting a home improvement project, don’t wait until it’s too late.

For instance, cracking, buckling, softening, or cupping (curving at edges) are all signs of a damaged floor. Unfortunately, many home owners are completely unaware of the fact that most floor problems result from underlying issues with the screed, which are usually caused by:

  • Moisture – Most screeds include a sealer, which protects the floor from moisture. However, the groundwater contains hygroscopic salts, which affect the sealer and causes the screed to become porous, turning it into a wick that draws moisture upwards. Over time, moisture degrades both the screed and the floor.
  • Inadequate protection – A screeder should take all the necessary precautions to prevent water from reaching screeded areas. Special sealers and damp-proof membranes (DPMs) can help isolate the screed from the concrete base.
  • Application errors – Some contractors fail to mix screed properly before using it. Others install flooring before screed layers dry properly. As well, an uneven sub-floor can lead to irregular floor surface. The screed must also have a minimum thickness of 65 mm; if it’s too thin, it can crack and crumble under heavy furniture. All these factors can affect not only the screed, but also the finish floor, whether it is made from sheet or tile vinyl, stone or ceramic tile, laminate, solid hardwood, or engineered wood.

Even if the screed is in good condition, structurally sound, level, and smooth, your floor will eventually show signs of wear in areas of heavy usage. In this case, only a professional screeder is able to provide expert advice on your particular situation. Sometimes, epoxy resins and several layers of fast-drying screed can solve the issue; other times, the entire screed must be removed and replaced.

About the author.

At HomeScreed, the younger sister of CSC Screeding Ltd, a team of experienced screeders can offer you relevant solutions to any problems encountered in under-flooring. These professionals aren’t only experienced, but also reputable, offering customers the best alternatives for further savings and guarantee on work performed.

Over the years, the floor screeding industry has encountered many challenges. But HomeScreed has successfully adapted its mission, vision, and policies in order to manage and accommodate changes, and provide customers with an excellent service from start to finish. Call HomeScreed today on 0845 500 4055 or visit their website for more information about under-floor screed and heating.



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