Ardex Fast Drying Cement Products.

Achieve a high quality, smooth, level floor but more importantly minimise drying time and disruptions to your project. As a leading supplier and installer of quality floor screeds, with more than 20 years’ experience in the trade, James Warner of FastTrack Screeding knows what he’s talking about. “Using a screeding system that eliminates stress and guarantees quality is vital” says James.

‘When it comes to client satisfaction. I only ever recommend ARDEX products and in particular their range of FastTrack Screeding Products. Traditional sand/cement screeds can take months to dry. However, an ARDEX screed can allow subsequent work to commence in just three hours and receive floorcoverings after only 24, regardless of thickness.

The Right Foundations

Top-class floor preparation and priming is plain sailing with System Ardex. Paying some attention to the floor base will be time well spent and could save you a lot of unnecessary hassle and money.

For many, the problems start when they lay a screed and then discover it’s going to take longer than planned before they can install the final floorcovering. This has a knock on effect of delaying the fitting of the skirting boards or installation of a new kitchen. Never an ideal scenario, you would be surprised how many people find themselves in this situation.

Never run the risk of laying your floor over a screed that hasn’t had time to fully dry out. It’s very simple the moisture content could wreak havoc: wooden floors may warp, tiling might lift, the screed may become unstable and uneven. Cutting corners by trying to reduce drying time could have a serious impact on your purse and patience.

Ardex is Peace of Mind.

Building and renovation projects can often be highly stressful, so the knowledge that you’re using a high-quality screeding product that will dry within hours of laying it, can provide a welcomed relief of tension.

FastTrack Screeding achieve high-quality, smooth, level floors by using Ardex screeding products, and it’s ideal for minimising downtime and disruptions in your project. Screeds are walked on within hours, and you can soon begin laying your choice of flooring

Under Floor Heating Systems.

When using the ARDEX Screed System, you can turn on your Underfloor Heating in as little as 3 days. With regard to drying times, the British standards (BS 8204) state that a Standard Traditional 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. People often find they have a 100mm of screed to lay and realise 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.

The client or main contractor, should be aware the underfloor heating must not be turned on to dry the screed, they have to wait until the screed has been allowed to dry and cure in accordance to the product data sheet provided by your chosen screeding contractor.

System Ardex V’s Traditional Screed

When using SYSTEM ARDEX Premium Performance Products, the Screed can be dry in as little as 24 hours regardless of thickness.The British Standards (BS 8204) states with Traditional Screeds, you can apply light foot traffic after 48 hours, then cure with polythene for a further 28 days.

The problem with using the polythene curing system is that normally on going trades remove it in some areas which contaminates the screed and starts causing it to break down.

When using the ARDEX Screed Systems, you can walk on the screed in as little as 3 hours and no curing polythene is required. Often Clients have a Standard Traditional or Liquid Screed installed, then realise the Screeding Contractor they have used, has not informed them about that the Screed needs to be dry before any Floor Coverings can be fitted.

Fast Turnaround Minimum Disruption

Many projects require fast turnarounds that minimise downtime and disruption. With using the Advanced and Ultimate Screed systems, you can lay floor coverings in as little 4 hours regardless of the thickness of the Screed. Ardex FastTrack Screeding range is the recommended floor screed for domestic use, as cost implications can be quite high for small areas done by flowing screed. Ardex A23 screed is ideal for use in any home. It can receive tiles after only 48 hours, and resilient floor finishes can be applied 6 days after laying screed. So in just a few days your floor can be complete.

Recommended

  • Fix Ceramic Tiles after 48 hours
  • Fix Natural Stone Tiles after 3 days
  • Fit Carpet, Vinyls or Wood Floor Coverings after 6 days
  • Pumpable for fast application and tight access areas
  • Commission your Underfloor Heating after 6 days
  • Save Two Months on your over all Build
  • Coverage: 1:7 mix = 0.27kg/m_/mm

Bonded screed can go to a 15mm in thickness screed, as long as it is bonded chemically (epoxy) or laid with SBR/PVA bond and SBR/PVA modified screed mix.

Recommended

ARDEX E 100 can also be used as an additive to:

* Improve workability without increasing the water content of mortars.

* Increase the compressive and tensile bending strengths of the hardened mortars.

* Improve the elasticity and reduce crack formation in mortars.

* Reduce surface dusting of screeds and renders while increasing their abrasion resistance.

* Enable the minimum thickness of the modified bonded Portland cement floor screed to be reduced to 15mm from the recommended 25mm minimum thickness for unmodified screed mortars.No, but sometimes it may be the most commercially viable option. There are products that can be applied that will remove these problems, these are not cheap, but it may be the most viable option when you consider the cost of removal of the old screed and the cost of replacement.

Recommended

Ardex PSRS
Ardex PSRS

ARDEX PSRS is an ultra low viscosity, solvent free, two component epoxy resin designed for strengthening and restoring poorly compacted and low strength screeds that do not meet the required in situ crushing resistance. ARDEX PSRS penetrates into the defective screed, filling voids resulting from poor compaction and consolidating loose particles to provide a high strength screed that can meet the highest soundness category given in BS 8204-1 for in situ crushing resistance.

  • Penetrates into the defective screed, filling voids resulting from poor compaction
  • Overnight renovation of screeds – rapid installation reduces overall construction times
  • Consolidated screeds meet the BS-8204-1 Soundness Category A requirement for floor screeds
  • Low odour and solvent free

Any material that has absorbed water, will shrink as it dries out. Sometimes, due to excessive drying, screeds will crack. If you try to artificially accelerate the drying times, then there is more risk of cracking. Curling is caused by the same conditions but normally manifest along day joints and internal angles. The thinner the screeding material, to be used, the more likely that curling can occur, due to time taken to dry will be quicker on a thinner bed, than a thicker bed.