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Bought your dream country cottage but found the floor is uneven? It’s a common issue in much older buildings, but nothing local floor screeding companies can’t fix. Find everything you need to know about finding and hiring a local screeding contractor on this page.

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What do screeding services involve?

There are plenty of reasons why you might need your floor screeded. Used to level or prepare, floor screed can cover uneven surfaces or provide a hard-wearing finish. More commonly today, it can also be used when installing underfloor heating too.

Floor screeding may look easy, 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 removing – 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. Proficient floor screeding contractors 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 floor screed type for your job, where your tradesperson must 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 floor 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 floor 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 but are only recommended for flooring that isn’t required to stand up to a heavy load.
  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 vital if 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 that are required for heavier loads, and for 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’s no need for floor screeding contractors to hold a specific qualification.

The most important consideration when looking for a tradesperson is a track record of excellent work with multiple independent references, as well as specific expertise in floor screeding rather than just general building work.

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. A floor ultimately needs to provide structural support for what 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? 

Our company is made of top class traders, with years of experience in they’r field. We specialize in floor installation and tiles.

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Reviewed by Vlad on 9/11/2023

Top job, happy with the result. Job ended up requiring more materials than expected due to a slanted floor, but the result was as required.

We are professionals in screeding solutions. Our enhanced services include the supply and installation of underfloor heating, insulation, membrane and acoustic systems, across the UK. Based in Nottinghamshire we have a dedicated in-house team of individuals committed to delivering high quality results across the whole of the UK. Experience across projects including: New builds Bespoke developments Garages Extensions Warehouses Pools Factories Modular builds Car parks Museums Renovations Barn conversions Apartments

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Reviewed by Arden on 12/2/2024

Home improvements business with the main aim of making customers 100% happy. Furniture Flooring Made to measure blinds Curtains Wall mounted items - mirrors, shelving, tvs etc Jet washing Gardening Rubbish removals And more!

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Reviewed by Frances on 14/5/2024

Dan was very clear communicating prices etc and turned up on time with everything ready. Did a great job, polite and cleaned up. Definitely would recommend

Screed, self-level, ufh, concrete and tiling

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Reviewed by Ali on 18/9/2023

Great price, great comms, great Job! Does what he says hes going to do and the screeding was perfect. Then he also did and amazing job tiling the floor with the assistance of his hard working dad :) Asked me questions each time they came to an issue and wanted my input. Highly Recommended.

perform works of: DPM membrane, insulation, underfloor heating, liquid screed, traditional screed, tiles, laminates, wooden floor, painting, demolition, liquid membrane. I offer high quality finishing and good time. professional screeder and Skilled worker.

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Reviewed by John on 28/5/2024

Very good service was on time and very clean and tidy during and after the work was completed. Thanks John Bostock Essex

Welcome to GJ home improvement your comprehensive flooring and construction solution in Durham. Led by Gareth and his dedicated team, we take pride in offering a diverse range of services to transform your spaces into functional, stylish, and efficient environments. Flooring Expertise: At GJ Floor Screeding, we are your go-to experts for all things flooring. From gas membrane installation to underfloor heating, concrete, dry screed, and wet screeds, we handle it all. Whether you need a complete flooring overhaul or just repairs, our skilled team ensures a flawless finish and durability that stands the test of time. Beyond Flooring: Our expertise extends beyond flooring. GJ Floor Screeding is your partner for a variety of projects, including block paving, decking, bricklaying, and full garden renovations. We specialize in creating outdoor spaces that are as stunning as they are functional. Roofing and Guttering Repairs: In addition to flooring and outdoor projects, we offer roofing and guttering repairs. Our team is well-equipped to handle a range of roofing issues, ensuring the integrity and longevity of your property. Why Choose GJ home improvements Versatility: There's no project too big or too small for our team. From intricate flooring solutions to outdoor renovations, we have the expertise to bring your vision to life. Quality Craftsmanship: We prioritize quality in every aspect of our work, delivering results that exceed expectations. Comprehensive Service: GJ home improvement is your one-stop-shop for a variety of construction needs, providing a seamless and efficient experience for our clients. For all your flooring, outdoor, roofing, and guttering needs, GJ Floor Screeding is here to assist. Give us a call, and let's discuss how we can turn your project into a reality. Thank you for considering us for your construction endeavors. Many thanks, Gareth, and the GJ Floor Screeding team.

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Reviewed by Nicky on 17/4/2024

Great quality work at an excellent price. I was given an accurate quote and work was carried out to a very high standard. I would recommend them to anyone!

JDL REFURBS LTD is a small local business that offers the highest standards of work at a fraction of the cost of all these big company's. we are proud that are customers can read this profile and see what we as a company stand for. CORE VALUES 1) RELIABILITY. you can always rely on JDL to meet target dates or do everything in are power to make sure we take any of ur stress away. 2)CONSISTENCY. Is key having a high standard of work.. an old man once told me ur only as good as ur last job. Employ the best and don't have the job done twice. 3) PASSION. JDL has a real passion to be the best in what we deliver. And hopefully all are reviews reflect this. and most of all HONESTY. JDL Refurbs will always be totally honest with you..

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Reviewed by Katrina on 13/4/2024

Cabaletiy Flooring is a commercial flooring company currently operating nationwide. We are new to Rated People as we are looking to work more locally in the NW area at the domestic and small commercial level. With over 18 years in the trade, we have been successfully installing floor coverings on projects for a wide ranging client base; retail shops, gyms, pharmacies, offices, schools and more. As well as the commercial work we also have a great deal of experience in carrying out projects for home owners. The types of flooring we install include: LVT (Amtico, Karndean, Moduleo). Vinyl Tiles and Planks (Polyflor, Gerflor). Vinyl Sheet (Altro, Polyflor, Polysafe, Gerflor, Forbo). Carpet Tiles (Burmatex, Tarkett, Interface). Our services cover all aspects of the preparation works required prior to fitting new floor coverings. These include: Uplifting existing materials. Advising if a damp proof membrane is needed. Smoothing underlayments (screeding). Plywood for timber subfloors. We have over the years been able to create good working relationships between ourselves, our customers and other trade teams to allow jobs to be completed to a high standard.

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Reviewed by Steve on 13/9/2023

Very quick worker and did a very good job. So much so, I've asked him to do the living room as well.

Hello. Welcome to G.M.H Decorating & maintenance. Firstly let me introduce myself. My name is George. G.M.H are a family run company with a small team of 3 people including myself. We pride ourselves on clean-tidy and qaulity workmanship with over 20years experience in comercial and private homes. We provide a range of services to suit our customers needs dedicated to improving your home. We also take time to explain what is involved in the job we are quoting for. Services we provide: • Internal painting & decorating • External painting & decorating • General household maintenance • Floor screeds & resins • Floor & Wall tiling

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Reviewed by Manny on 27/5/2024

George was punctual and the job was done as agreed. He also tidied up after himself. I will happily hire again.

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 Steve on 25/1/2024

Visited site for a survey and made sure they understood the scope. When the cold weather stuck they called to put the work off and then arrived prompt on the date booked. Very neat finish and they cleared up very well afterwards. Thank you LMA!

Hi I am a small family run company . I have been in the trade for over 40 years . We specialise in plasterwork pebble dashing and painting & decorating . To a high standard . So if you want a job done that you are happy with . And it lasts give me a call

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Reviewed by Helen on 22/4/2024

Welcome to Fife Roofing and Repointing. we specialize in all aspects of roof coverings, in Fife, Lothians, dundee and Perthshire. References always available, H&S documentation, 10 year insurance backed guarantee on all new & re-roofing jobs and Atleast a 20 year guarantee from us. We also specialise in natural hydraulic lime pointing. We are fully insured and cover a 50 mile radius outside of Glenrothes.

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Reviewed by Maureen on 9/3/2024

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 STEPHEN on 18/12/2023

All good prompt and polite. Five stars and would definitely use again.

We carry out all aspects of Roughcasting and Plastering to a very high standard. Dry dash, wet dash, Acrylic render. Over 20 years combined experience

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Reviewed by Kenny on 17/12/2023

Both guys turned up on time and got to work immediately, finished on time. The bill was paid in full in good faith. The next day it turned out that they had missed one corner of the room and this was an issue for the wooden flooring going down. Contacted them via Whatsapp and they quoted an additional 30% of the price to come back and fix the bit that they missed. Went with another who sorted it first time.

Our building services company RMR Building & Renovation Ltd has over 15 years’ experience in the industry. We have been helping customers in London/Essex and the surrounding 10-mile radius by providing professional, trustworthy building services. We know it can be hard to find a builder that you can rely on. RMR Building & Renovation Ltd has a wealth of experience and is known as one of the best builders in Essex. We pride ourselves on providing a professional, caring and high-quality service and always meet our customers’ needs. Each contractor that works for RMR Building & Renovation Ltd is fully qualified and insured and delivers on timekeeping, quality of work and value. We offer a full range of building services, from major rebuilds to smaller jobs such as masonry repairs, including: New Builds Alterations, Extensions & Conversions Brickwork Concrete Plastering & Screeding Tiling Painting & Decorating Kitchens & Bathrooms Roofing Services Re-pointing Septic Tanks Excavation Services Soakaways Foundations External Works Drainage If you are trying to find a builder near you, why not give us a call? Our friendly, professional team will be happy to talk through your needs and give you a free, no-obligation quote.

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Reviewed by Michele on 7/9/2023

During our home renovation project, we enlisted the services of various tradespeople. However, without a doubt, RMR Building stands out as the top performer. Our project involved a complete overhaul of the living area flooring, which included levelling the uneven subfloor, installing a new herringbone laminate flooring, and adding skirting. The quality of their workmanship is impeccable, and their professionalism and cleanliness were noteworthy. I strongly recommend this company. Michele

Having worked for myself for 30 years in most aspects of construction and maintenance my good reputation means everything to me. I pride myself on leaving a satisfied customer who will recommend me to family and friends.

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Reviewed by s on 3/5/2024

Amazing person, very helpful and professional. Unfortunately, I couldn't go through with the job as the quote was out of budget. However I Would recommend and use Paul if we needed something else doing for definite in the future.

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Reviewed by Paul on 16/5/2024

Job done well with photos to show cleared gutters. Excellent service. Would recommend.

We are a family business Est. 1980. We supply & fit all types of floor coverings We pride ourselves on the quality of our work & The prices we can provide.

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Reviewed by Georgiana on 23/1/2024

After a few days, coming back to the house, the material bubbled so my floor had small marks. So they either didn't air the material out properly with the rack or they have mixed the material for too long that they introduced too much air in the mixing. Just make sure and remind them not to introduce too much air when mixing the material.

"You Choose The Colour" With over 20 Years experience. A modern business with traditional values. A friendly and punctual services for all aspects of work large or small. We are able to carry out a wide range of internal and external painting and decorating work for domestic and commercial customers throughout the North East and the rest of the U.K. -No up front payments -Free written estimates -Liability Insurance certificate provided with each job -Free advice -Discounts for pensioners & low income families -Discount for friends and families, and recommendations

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Reviewed by Gordon on 1/3/2024

We operate a family run building service with 25 years experience in the areas of Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. We provide a reliable and honest service that accommodates both small and large jobs.

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Reviewed by Tom on 10/4/2024

Great guys.. did a solid job at a decent price. Will be using again in the future..

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