The Self Build Self Help Site Floor design

The Finished Floor

Having laid either a solid or suspended floor, there are a number of options for preparing for the finished floor. The main contenders are a screeded floor and a tongue and groove particle board (chipboard) floor.

Screeded Floor

Generally this requires 2" or 3" of cement screed. This is often the preferred method if underfloor heating is required (although underfloor systems can also be put under wooden floors) but some people prefer a screeded floor anyway as it gives a firm, solid floor. Another advantage is that it is quicker (than a chipboard floor) to lay. However, a screed will take a long time to dry and the extra moisture in the air may delay the installation of wooden internal doors - which may distort in the presence of a moist amosphere.

There are two options for laying the screed

Getting someone (generally plasterers will do this) to knock up a sand/cement mix and lay it is cheaper than pumped but they have to do a good job - its a lot of work and if not done well, then the finished floor may not be level and there may be dips and bumps - and it will be noticed when the skirting board is put in.

You will be able to find companies that will do a pumped readymix screed. It may be slightly more expensive but it will invariably be a good level finish and will be completed quickly - a whole ground floor can be done in a couple of hours - plus some preparation beforehand in setting the apparatus needed to get a level finish.

See the Build Process - screeding page

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