One of the key parts of laying any liquid floor solution in a property is ensuring that floors are prepared correctly. A well-prepared floor will allow you to create a smooth, clean, even finish that lasts for years, whereas a poorly prepared floor may look great initially but could suffer from a variety of problems down the line.
Here at J & H Lynch, we understand the importance of preparation and all our experts will undertake a thorough survey of the substrate (underlying floor surface). If any work is required to make the floor sound this will be completed before the application of screed solutions.
If you’re looking for floor preparation services in Oxford, then you need to call J & H Lynch.
How Do You Prepare a Floor for Liquid Screed?
Before any of our experts apply liquid floor screed to your floor, they will complete the following actions:
- Survey the floor to ensure it is suitable for screed application. Our experts will look for any defects in the floor or loose items like concrete that may cause problems for an applied liquid floor screed installation in the future. They will also look for cracks or any other defects that could cause issues with application. All problems and their potential solutions will be discussed with the customer.
- Dust and debris will be cleared away to create a nice solid substrate for the screed to sit on. This can help the screed to sit in place (or bond if the floor is to be bonded) and will prevent holes and cracks from appearing in the future.
- If insulation is to be fitted this will be placed on the substrate in an even and (more importantly) flat layer. This will ensure the liquid screed stays level when applied.
- A polythene membrane will be placed on the substrate ensuring there are no holes or creases. Joints will be overlapped and taped, and edges will be run up the walls to the top of the intended screed layer. This will not only keep the screed in its intended place but provide a damp proof layer.
- A layer of expansion foam will be placed around the perimeter of all rooms. This is important because liquid screed will contract slightly within the first 24 – 48 hours of drying. The space left behind will be filled by the expanding foam.
- If you have underfloor heating, pipes will be clipped into place. This prevents them from moving inside the new floor layer and causing problems down the line.
Only once all this is done can the liquid screed (or bonding compound if the floor is to be bonded – for more information on bonded and unbonded floors take a look at this guide on screedexperts.co.uk) be applied.
Floor Preparation Services in Oxford – Why Choose J & H Lynch?
Our experts at J & H Lynch have years of experience preparing floors in the Oxford area. We understand Oxford properties and know how to get the best out of them.
For a thorough floor preparation, plastering, skimming, or rendering service, give us a call or leave us a message in our contact us section today. You won’t be disappointed.