Essentially, concrete and screed are formed using the same basic material – cement, aggregates and water. The difference between them is the size of the aggregates, the cement grade, mix consistency and, of course, their intended use.
Screed is used in domestic and commercial premises, and is also commonly used to cover underfloor heating pipes and so on. With the right mix and installation, a screed floor can bring many benefits to you and your property.
One is that screed flooring can increase the value of your property. But why does this type of flooring make such a difference?
Firstly, your property value increases when potential buyers can see that it is well-maintained, with basic structures such as flooring is intact. It is also a versatile flooring surface. It can be the underpinning ‘strength’ of the top layer of flooring or in some cases, painted, stained or polished it can be the top layer of flooring.
Carpets and rugs are all well and good but, despite the number of times you vacuum or brush, carpets and rugs are never really clean. Small critters and creatures can make their way into the fibres, enjoying the humidity within and remain living happily ever after under your feet.
The common dust mite, for example, enjoys the cover and humidity of carpet, as well as a ready food supply close by. But with screed flooring, dust mites, fleas and so on, find it almost impossible to survive with no cover, no humidity and so on.
For people who have allergies or asthma, screed flooring brings so many health benefits as keeping the flooring hygienically clean is so easy. When prospective buyers see a polished floor they find it attractive for many reasons, including the fact that they know these kinds are floors are healthier.
There is something satisfying about a floor that has been recently mopped and/or polished. The high gloss shine is simply delightful but what makes it even more delightful is the fact that it took minutes to get it looking this way.
Regularly mopping and buffing of a screed floor ensures that it stays looking good thus, buyers will know that this kind of flooring is simply perfect for ensuring the whole of the property looks fantastic.
In terms of commercial properties, the floor is a major hazard in a health and safety risk assessment. A poorly maintained floor, or a poor flooring surface can be an expensive repair but one that will be a priority to prevent slips, trips and falls.
A screed floor present very few issues and so for potential buyers of commercial premises, knowing that the screed floor is safe and sound, as well as strong, will be a box ticked, making your property look and feel the right one to buy.
The three ingredients in the screed flooring mix react and combine together to create a material that is incredibly strong, robust, hard and, more importantly, long-lasting.
Place yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer: buying a property is expensive. Not only is the money to be found for the property itself, there are all kinds of fees, including legal fees that can creep up into thousands of pounds.
They want a property that they can move on into and either live or work in it straight away. There will be all kinds of aspects to a property to consider but replacing flooring is possibly one of the most expensive ones.
Now imagine they see a screed floor in your property. Buffed to a high shine, or painted in a commercial setting and note the relief as they understand that there is no need to spend hundreds or thousands of pounds replacing or repairing the floor.
How many other flooring options can you think of that can be changed without digging or ripping it up? Very few, we imagine but screed flooring is one of them.
Buyers can change how the floor looks, either by painting it – most commonly found in commercial premises – or in the case of a domestic property, a top layer of chemical treatments can create a completely different look or colour.
More and more people are opting for screed flooring and find that when they do, they make their property far more desirable when it comes to selling it too. Will a screed concrete floor make a difference to your property?
Midland Screed Floor have over 30 years’ experience installing and laying screed flooring in both domestic and commercial properties. No screed flooring is too big or too small for Midland Screed Flooring, bringing a versatile flooring surface to a project that will last for years and years…