Floor levelling is a major exercise in building construction and home remodelling that incorporates the use of screed liners, screed panels and/or slabs. Floor levelling systems use a system of vertically placed slabs or liners that are embedded in the floor surface to create a raised floor that leaves a solid grip on the floor surface during heavy movement. Floor levelling is an effective and efficient method of constructing a concrete floor that meets all requirements for strength, durability and structural integrity. It can be implemented in a variety of building scenarios where the floor profile and requirements for supporting load are at the forefront of design.
One of the most compelling reasons why a floor levelling solution is required in the construction of a new commercial floor is to provide maximum load-bearing capacity with minimal disruption to the floor. An example of a situation where this is particularly important is the design of a new hotel. The majority of hotel rooms are typically located on the ground floor of the building and because the majority of hotel guests are on the first floor, this presents a challenge to the design team. The presence of the central core of the hotel through the use of the guest lift and elevators creates issues with the floor’s ability to sustain load-bearing capabilities. This is one of the primary reasons why floor levelling systems and related products are so successful in providing an effective and efficient floor lift installation that meets all the requirements of the room.
The floor screed is the fundamental building component that supports the floor of the hotel. It is typically constructed from steel tube framing which provides a strong framework for the flooring system to rest upon. The floor levelling screed is typically one of the most challenging tasks that are undertaken during the floor design process and is typically one of the primary reasons why this task is delayed by many months. In most cases, the floor screed is created and implemented during the pre-construction phase whereas the installation of the floor system occurs at the construction site after the project has been approved and contracts have been signed.
Many hotels are now experiencing issues with the drainage of the standing water that is typically pumped into the hotel through the main access points. The standing water within the building causes issues with the floor because it creates pockets of stagnant water underneath the floor that becomes trapped when the floor is walked upon. This creates issues such as walking over the wet floor and water being spilt on the floor. Besides, the stagnant water poses issues with the formation of mould and mildew that begin to form due to moisture accumulation and the lack of ventilation that occurs throughout the establishment. To resolve these issues, a floor levelling solution needs to be applied quickly to protect the flooring from damage that can occur due to standing water and wet flooring.
A commercial floor levelling system includes screed width and profiles that provide for the rapid installation of the floor finishes. A screed is a cross-shaped steel edge that is used to join the floor to the underlying concrete slab. The depth of the screed is dependent upon the overall height of the floor. The most common type of screed that is used for floor levelling is the heavy gauge 10-inch screed that is constructed out of high-quality raw materials and meets the requirements for most floor finishes.
The thickness of the screed also dictates the amount of time it takes to install the floor levelling solution. A thin screed can easily be rolled or pushed into position without any additional support provided so the flooring can be installed extremely quickly when compared to a thicker screed that requires additional adhesive glue or cement that is added to the mixture. Furthermore, the amount of support provided to the flooring is completely dependent upon the thickness of the screed. In instances where the flooring is of a very thick design, additional bracing may be required to keep the floor in its place when it is pushed into place. The time taken to install a floor levelling solution depends entirely on the speed of mixing water with the pre-blended formula. For this reason, it is very important to ensure that you have enough time to complete the task in question before attempting it.
When it comes to the actual application of the flooring, there are two ways in which the water can be applied. The first method involves spraying the floor with a low-pressure hose in a straight line. The second method involves an extending wand that is fitted with a roller so that the floor can be quickly rolled over the desired flooring area. No concrete is required to be laid when it comes to either of these floor levelling applications as the water is applied using a pressurized tank that contains a container of warm water.
Once the floor is in place, the floor finishing system is activated and the flooring is fixed to the flooring base by high-quality flooring joints. This joint is an incredibly strong layer of fibres that sealing all edges and corners of the flooring and prevents any movement during the installation process. Installing a floor in such a way that it has been perfectly levelled will make your floor last for a considerably longer period and, in the long run, save you money by reducing the cost of floor replacement. It is important to remember that floor levelling systems do not have a magical effect on the strength of a floor. A floor that has been properly installed will most likely be stronger than one that was not done correctly.