FAST DRYING FLOOR SCREEDS OVERVIEW
Welcome to the brave new world of ‘FastTrack Screeding’. Specialist Fast Drying Screeds is more in demand than ever before due to site conditions and time restrictions. If you use these screeds then the area can be walked on within three hours and the floor covering can be laid within four hours. What more could you want?
ARDEX fast track cements for screeds incorporate ‘RAPID DRY FORMULA’ Technology, binding the water used for mixing within the cement, ensuring rapid drying, rapid strength development and minimum shrinkage, regardless of thickness
These unique properties perform under typical UK site conditions, allowing the area to be walked on in just hours, as opposed to traditional screeds which require a week as per BS 8204, and floorcoverings can be installed in as little as 4 hours. Furthermore, ARDEX screeds can pass a BRE Screed Test after just 6 hours, rather than 2 weeks with conventional screeds.
With controlled shrinkage properties, ARDEX cements for screeds also minimise the risk of curling and cracking, even at thicker applications. This allows floor coverings to be installed quickly and reliably, and ensures a faultless nish throughout the life of the screed.
BRITISH STANDARD DRYING TIMES
With regard to drying times, the British standards (BS 8204) state that a Standard Traditional / Fibre Screed will take 1mm per day, up to 50mm, and considerably more over that thickness to dry out, and that would be in ideal summer conditions of 18c to 20c, so people often find they have a 100mm of screed to lay and realise that they have well in excess of 100 days of drying time to wait before they can lay any floor coverings and turn on there new Underfloor Heating System.
Good quality Fast Drying Floor Screeds is all that’s behind a smooth level floor. Screeding is necessary, but Traditional Screeds can take a few months to dry out before the final floor covering can be laid down. Whether a commercial or domestic project, if you’re on a strict deadline to get the project completed or if you need a fast turnaround then a traditional screed isn’t the best option.
The time you spend in waiting for the screed to dry out could delay your completion date. For those on strict deadlines this simply won’t do. The solution? Fast drying screeding, or more specifically, ARDEX rapid drying screed cements.