Traditional floor screed usually consists of sharp sand & cement mixed at a ratio of between 3 to 5 parts sand & 1 part cement, In most cases 4 to 1. In the past reinforcement was achieved by using Hex wire (chicken wire) or D49 mesh (for garages).
Around 20 years ago Polypropylene Fibres (PPF) were added to the screed mix, and today PPF is the most common used reinforcement for traditional floor screed. These can be bought separately when knocking up by hand or are added to ready mix screeds by our suppliers. Screed drying times vary according to the weather conditions, depth and admixtures used.
Laying of traditional floor screed is applied with a straight-edge, wooden/plastic float and finished with a trowel or powerfloat. A laser level is now also commonly used Datum’s can be set in order to achieve the correct finished floor height.
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