Roughly saying, liquid floor screeds, also known as pumpable screeds or Gypsum screeds, are a calcium sulphate base liquid screed, that provides an even surface with high levels of quality. This kind of screed is very used and recommended for flooring with heating systems and where labour time should be minimal.
The process of laying a liquid screed itself is fast, but there are a few processes that must be done prior to their addition to make sure that they will offer their maximum performance.
Laying a liquid screed
As mentioned before, the preparation of the floor before pouring liquid screeds is very important and, different from other types of screeds, the liquid floor screed requires specific floor preparation to make sure that the floor underneath the screeds will be flat and even.
In this preparation, is also very important that the surface is properly clean and free of debris, so then the insulation and the watertight membrane can be added. If any heating systems are to be added, the heating pipes will be installed right after the watertight membrane, and then the floor will be ready for the addition of the liquid floor screeds.
Measuring the right amount of material to pour is also highly important, as this specific type of screed dries very fast, and for better durability and performance, adding a unique layer of liquid floor screeds is essential.
Benefits Of a Liquid Floor Screed
The liquid floor screeds are not the cheapest option, but their benefits may offer a bigger value that makes the investment worthwhile. They are excellent alternatives for traditional screeds and are great allies for heating systems.
Between its benefits, the liquid screeds can offer:
- Quick labour time
- Quick drying time
- A thinner layer, making them great to use with heating systems
- A smooth level and surface
Liquid screed floors are also:
- Great for carpet and tiled floors
- Less likely to shrink and crack than traditional screeds
Differences between liquid floor screed and concrete floor screed
The main difference between the traditional screeds and the liquid screeds is that while traditional screeds need a bigger labour time, needing to shovel and level the floor, the liquid screeds are ready mixed and can find their own levels, making labour time way faster.
Liquid floor screeds also offer a smoother and softer surface and are great together with heating systems by having a thinner layer of screeds and properly flowing between the pipes, while traditional screeds may not have it as easy and proper as the liquid ones.
Contact a Reliable Installer
If you are looking to have a liquid floor screed into your project, do not hesitate to contact GM Floor Screeds. We are specialists in the field, and we will be happy to help you to get your final project done smoothly and with high-quality work!