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We can supply and install: - sand and cement screed - Any quick drying - Heavy duty polymer modified, - Self leveling Professional advice and installation according to British Standards and manufacturing requirements.

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Reviewed by jay on 7/12/2018

Tidy on time on budget Thank you

I have been in the flooring trade for over 20 years, my name is Dean. I am a qualified carpet fitter, vinyl fitter and carpet tile fitter. I also do hard flooring i.e. Karndean, Amtico plus cap and cove work, as well as dpm and screeding sub-floors.

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Reviewed by Pawel on 29/12/2018

Proffesional work from Dean. Done everything as promised and to the high standard. Knows what he is doing. Punctual left place tidy and kept me informed about the progress and issues. Would highly reccomend.

Top Flooring is a family run company thats well established, trustworthy, reliable and professional company with over 35 years experience, coupled with excellent service and installation. Our aim is to bring you the very best installation to the time we specify and to your budget. So confident are we in our services that we adopt a 100% satisfaction promise, meaning that if you are not totally satisfied with our work then neither are we.

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Reviewed by Daniel on 17/1/2019

good service

Time served tradesman with 40 yrs exp. worked on many famous projects worldwide .and for top dept stores John Lewis Cheadle etc. Vinyls and screeding / Floor Levelling a speciality, Home select carpet and vinyls Measuring / planning service.

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Reviewed by Dianne on 12/11/2018

First class job. I was very happy with the completed job. Excellent value!

We are floor & wall tiling contractors working out of the North West. We specialise in the fitting of all types of ceramics, stone & mosaics. We offer screeding/floor levelling & constructing wetrooms from start to finish is our forte.

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Reviewed by Mark on 29/11/2018

Les was very efficient, trustworthy and a clean worker. He got us an excellent discount on our tiles saving us around £600 & laid them within short timescales. We are pleased with his work and have asked him to come back in the new year to do our porch. Thank you Heritage/Les your communication was always spot on & we have no problems with recommending you to others.

We are a small buidiling company which specialist in ceramic tiling and plasterering and general building we have all trades availble joiners plumbers electrian etc which all leave a first class job looking to hear from you in future

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Reviewed by Martin on 14/1/2019

Job completed as requested on time and for the price agreed.

Multi skilled with 30 years experience in bathrooms and kitchens, plastering, plumbing, tiling, decorating, fencing and paving. Honest, friendly and reliable

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Reviewed by Catherine on 17/12/2018

Dan is very hardworking, helped us to source a new shower, and did a great job, very pleased with the job he's done. I'm extremely grateful that he was able to come out so quickly to do the work, and at such a reasonable price. Will definitely be keeping his number for if we need any other jobs doing. Thanks Dan.

Hi , I`m very clean , fast and tidy plasterer. From Lithuania. 25 years experience. In UK from 1996, so believe me, I know the quality of work you want to see.

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Reviewed by Stuart on 19/11/2018

Brilliant job and great communication from start to finish. Will definitely use again

I have been in the building trade for more than 30 years. I have a good reputation and I thrive on working to a high stranded. If references are required then I will provide them and I will guarantee all my work.

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Reviewed by Sharon on 2/10/2018

Lovely clean job, hard working

At SM Property maintenance our skilled, experienced and trustworthy trade professionals get the job done quickly and efficiently to a high standard. minimizing hassle and making our clients lives that little bit easier. We cover a wide range of reactive, planned and preventative renovation and maintenance services. with over 25 years experience our clients can rest assure they are in safe and trustworthy hands. We offer 12 months guarantee with all work carried out from small repairs to fully refurbishments. We are also disabled adaptions specialists, we take pride in ourselves and our work and put our customers first.

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Reviewed by Dennis on 15/1/2019

good clean workers job very satisfactorily finished would use again

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Screeding specialists - what you need to know

What does floor screeding involve?

There are plenty of reasons why you might need your floor screeded. Used to level or prepare floors, screed can cover an uneven existing surface, provide a hard-wearing finish, and (more commonly today) it’s used when installing underfloor heating too.

Floor screeding might look simple, but it’s a skill that requires expertise to lay. Poor floor screeding won’t last in the long term, and can create a headache in the short term if it needs to be removed – both an expensive and extremely awkward problem to resolve.

Floor screed compositions vary, with many options available. The key to a high-quality and resilient floor screed is selecting and correctly preparing the materials. The most-common screeds are a blend of cement, sand and water, but a proficient floor screeder will be able to advise you on the best approach for your project.

When it comes to delivering the perfect finish, there are no shortcuts. There’s a tried and tested method you’d expect most professionals to follow closely.

The first step is choosing the correct screed type for your job, where your tradesperson will need to understand how the floor is going to be used. They’ll then measure not only the surface area, but the required screed depth too. Next, they’ll mix the screed using an exact blend of materials. Like baking, this is science not art – the quantities and ratios need to be precise.

Depending on the size of the floor, a screed pump may be required to ensure materials are mixed correctly. During the application, the levels across the surface should be recorded to ensure the screed is perfectly even. Finally, your professional should test to ensure the screed has dried and set correctly.

Cost of floor screeding work

Materials per m2

  • Low: £3
  • Average: £5
  • High: £8+

Labour per m2

  • Low: £8
  • Average: £10
  • High: £12+

Floor screed techniques – how to mix screed

There are three ways screed can be mixed:

  1. Hand mixing – suitable only for smaller jobs, and can be prone to quality issues.
  2. Concrete mixer – the same equipment you’d use to mix regular cement or concrete, portable mixers can be used for screed. These mixers are only recommended for flooring that isn’t required to stand up to a heavy load, however.
  3. Screed pumps – also known as “forced action mixing”, this method is not only the most efficient but the most effective, too. Screed pumps are particularly important when a large quantity of screed needs to be applied.

Floor screed mix – what type of screed should I use?

  • Standard cement and sand screed – the default screed, suitable for a wide range of domestic jobs and some industrial applications. A fixed ratio of cement and sand (typically around 1:4) returns an even, hard-wearing surface.
  • Levelling compounds – often used as a final layer on which domestic flooring can be laid, these self-levelling screeds can be expensive but are easier to apply.
  • Structural screeds – the clue’s in the name here. This screed type is used on precast floor structures which are required for heavier loads, and applications where flexing is necessary.
  • Fast-drying screeds – a number of fast-drying compounds are available if you’re struggling for time. Some products can set within 3 days of laying.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

A number of training courses and industry accreditations are available, but there is no requirement for a floor screeding specialist to hold a specific qualification.

The most important consideration when looking for a tradesperson is a track record of delivering excellent work with multiple independent references, and expertise in floor screeding specifically (rather than just general building).

Planning permission for floor screeding jobs

There are no formal permissions required for screeding, but it’s important to consider how the floor will be used. Ultimately a floor needs to provide structural support for whatever sits on top of it, as well as resistance to moisture and insulation.

Insurance for floor screeding work

The main insurance requirement from a tradesperson is public liability insurance to protect you against any damage caused to your property.

Questions you should ask your floor screeding specialist

  • Can they provide a copy of their public liability insurance?
  • What is their floor screeding experience?
  • Do they have up to 3 references for recent work they’ve completed?
  • Will they test the quality of the screed to ensure it sets correctly?
  • Who is responsible for purchasing the materials?
  • How long will the screed take to fully dry and set? 

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