We asked our applications and training team for their top tips when screeding a floor. These are tips which you might not find in a technical data sheet or have been taught at college, these little pearls of wisdom have come from decades of onsite experience which will hopefully help you to achieve the perfect finish every time.
Read recommendations from the guys that use our products everyday. If you have your own top tips to add to the list, please feel free to share them with us!
Phill Powell – Applications Manager – South Wales and South West
"Always have spare batteries to hand for your laser level. Especially if you got the level on for the duration of laying the floor.
Keep a thermometer in the van and document the temperature on the job sheet, especially in the warmer months."
Mike Atthis - Applications Manager - North London & East Anglia
"I always have an expanding foam gun handy for places like where pipes run through the wall. This will stop the screed running into the next room."
Kevin Grainger – Applications Manager – Northern England
"When applying Weber thin topping screeds, if you don’t have any spikes for walking through the screed without causing damage, an old pair of football boots will do the job."
Rob Speke – Technical Academy Manager
"Put some empty product bags outside the room to wipe your feet on when pumping floor screeds
...and most importantly work out your exit strategy from the room, if you mess up the last two metres it will be the first thing the customer sees"
Lin Twidale – Academy Trainer – Technical Academy
"If using a machine always wet the pipe prior to filling with product as it lubricates the pipe avoiding separation of material.
Take your first flow test for flooring products at the machine so you don't fill your pipes with product of the wrong consistency."
Dave Hunt – Applications Manager – South London & South East
"Cheap carpet adhesive is good for sticking the perimeter foam to the wall, or a staple gun or both.
For domestic installations only make the wobble bar 750mm wide so it will fit through doorways."
Marc Jackson - Technical Services Team Leader
"When applying the primer, be sure to revisit the area during the drying process and check for pools/puddles of primer, brush these in to ensure uniform drying.
When using weberfloor DPM, ensure to get it out of the mixing bucket as soon it is mixed and into a flat paint type tray or straight onto the floor to stop an exothermic reaction”
Jimmy Wood - Applications Manager - North Wales & Midlands
"Make sure you have at least one bucket of clean water before you start pumping floor screed, you will need to wash the flow plate and ring in clean water after you have tested the flow of the screed.
Ensure that your machine output is representative of the area size and thickness of screed you are wanting to lay."
Chris Meek – Applications Manager - Scotland and North East
"If using a G4 type machine with the fibre re-inforced screeds, make sure you keep the hopper filled above the grate whilst pumping to help eliminate tunnelling.
Easiest mistake to make is to forget movement control around the perimeter and hardstanding. Missing out a key piece of the preparation stage can be a very costly mistake."
Stuart Owen - Product Demonstrator – Technical Academy
"Always have a bag of wet sand handy it will save you if there is a leak as it's ideal to dam the escaping screed."