Self Build

Welcome all Self Builders!

Are you maybe renovating your own property or building your dream home from scratch?  North West Floor Screeders are here to help, offering expert assistance from start to finish.

We will guide you through your decision making process to ensure you get the right screed or underfloor heating system to meet your needs.  See below for our step by step overview to getting your installation right first time:

  1. What are your programme requirements?
  2. Have you thought about underfloor heating?
  3. What is your floor build-up?

Once you have dealt with these areas you are well on your way to getting the right system installed.


1) What's your programme?

First of all, you need to decide on your programme timescales.  The most critical decision is probably about when you need to get your floor finishes down; for example, is your kitchen fitter or tiler already booked?  Once you know this key date we can work backwards and specify a screed that will dry out in time taking into consideration requirements of the underfloor heating, if applicable.  Screeds dry out at different rates and some can take longer than 3 months so it’s really important you choose the right product.  See the different screeds below to get an understanding, or simply give us a call and we’ll talk you through them.

Not only this, it is extremely critical that, if you have underfloor heating, you get the sequencing right for the drying out of the screed, and you allow enough time for the commissioning process before putting down your floor finishes.  Give us a call and we will advise on the best option.

Traditional Sand and Cement Screed is a great product that is suitable for all applications. It is mixed at a ratio of 3-5 parts sand to 1 part cement, making it a durable yet affordable product. Traditional Sand and Cement is typically the most cost-effective screed, with its main downfall of slow drying times. Ideal for homes, schools, hospitals, retail, etc. Once cured, you can lay your final floor finish, such as: tiles, laminate, wood, vinyl, etc.
Rapid Drying Screed is the perfect screed for projects with a strict time-frame. Installation of a rapid drying screed allows the final floor finish to be installed as from as little as 3 days, compared to traditional sand and cement screed which is like to be over a month.
Self levelling, anhydrite free flowing screed is fantastic product with guarantee of perfect results.

2) Have you thought of underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating is now the norm in self-build properties, as it is the most cost effective way of heating up air within a room.  For an understanding of the benefits of having this system installed please see below.  Many of our customers choose to have underfloor heating installed by us, which gives them the peace of mind of knowing that the whole floor is managed and guaranteed by one company.  All we require is a floor plan and we will discuss the design options with you.

Please note that, where underfloor heating and screeds are installed together, there is potential for errors unless you have access to the right information and advice about floor preparation, screed type, screed thickness, drying times, screed joints, heat up and cool down sequence and the application of floor finishes.

The benefits of underfloor heating:

  1. cost effective
  2. health and well-being
  3. discreet
  4. modern

So please contact us for a full discussion.


3) What's your floor build-up?

In order to ensure tat you put the right floor down it’s really important that you decide on the floor build-up early on in your project, as it may be difficult to undo decisions further down the line.

For example, you need to consider the following options:

  1. DPM: do you need to put one in under the insulation or just require a vapour barrier.
  2. Insulation: type and thickness of insulation you need.
  3. Underfloor heating: which type of underfloor heating system would better suit your floor build up.
  4. Screeds: type, thickness, application, drying out properties etc.

For a full discussion about the above please call our friendly team.