Screed FAQs

The majority of screeds are made from sharp sand and cement, but if you need a coarse finish for a heavy-duty project, then we can use a 6-10mm aggregate instead of sharp sand.

There are four types of screed available:

  • Underfloor heating screed for laying over underfloor heating pipes
  • Bonded screed that bonds to the concrete base with a primer or bonding agent
  • Unbonded screed that is installed onto a damp proof membrane
  • Floating screed that is installed onto thermal insulation that is on top of damp proofing membrane

Screed is a final layer that is used to level your concrete sub-base and gives you a smooth finish to your floors so that all types of flooring can then be laid on top of it.

Not only should you use screed to level the floor but to provide a safe area for people to walk on. Accurately laid screed will provide you with the level flooring area that you need.

While concrete and screed are made from the same materials, screed gives a smoother finish that produces a sturdy floorspace. Concrete is coarse and uses hard-core aggregates to make sure that it can provide the strength needed to support your build.

The drying time of your screed depends on the thickness and the type you use. However, the majority of screeds need to be left for 24 – 48 hours before you can walk on them. If you need to reduce this time then there are additives we can use to bring the curing time down to around 12 hours – just let us know when you call.

If you are planning to tile over your screeded floor, then you should leave around 28 days from the time the screed is laid before you tile. This is due to the fact that concrete can shrink during the curing process. If you need to tile in less time, then you will need to get a screed that uses an additive for quicker drying time.

Yes – screed is incredibly versatile and can be used for all flooring needs. The only difference is the makeup of the screed you choose depending on the footfall of the room you are installing it in.

When it comes to levelling screed, you should use a straight-edged wooden float to level it against four level points across the room. To make your life easier, why not invest in self-level screeding that will provide a free-flowing consistency and work its way into all the nooks and crannies.

If you are building an industrial-looking project, then a screeded floor will provide a stunning look to your room. You can even use additives to give you different looks when it is finished.

Liquid screed is the perfect way to level a floor with underfloor heating. There is a specialist type of screed that you will need to use that will protect your pipework and retain the heat so that you get the most economical usage.

Screeded floors do not need any ongoing maintenance, making it a great solution for any project.

Yes, Pez delivers in all weather conditions, and we know how to alter our mixes to suit the temperatures. You will need to ensure that the area we are working in is clean and dry so that we can pour your screed without any problems.

Use our online calculator to work out how much screen you will need and then contact us to discuss your requirements. We are always happy to help!

Yes, nothing is stopping you from using screed outside, although the majority of outside work typically makes use of concrete.

This is dependent on the quality of the concrete base you have in place. If the floor is only slightly uneven and in good shape, then screed is a great solution. However, if the floor is damaged or very uneven, then you should consider relaying your concrete first instead.

The cost is dependent on the amount you need and the additives that you incorporate into the mix. Give us a call today for a clear idea and to discuss your specific requirements.