Floor Preparation

The key to the successful implementation of a bonded application is to achieve a good bond between the substrate and the applied bonding coat. Proper preparation is the most important factor for achieving a successful installation. Whatever topping or levelling screed is used to achieve the definitive floor level, it will only be as good as strong as the surface to which it is bonded. It is therefore recommended that the surface be of sound integrity, clean and free of oil, grease, wax, dirt, dust, asphalt, adhesive compounds, paint, gypsum, paint and any other contaminants which might cause detrimental effects to the bond.

The moisture content of the slab could migrate to the screed / topping and give rise to a longer dry time. Refer to manufacturers details if specialist toppings / screeds are to be applied. Where the moisture content exceeds recommendations then a surface damp proof membrane can be applied. Care must taken if forced drying of concrete slab as carbonation can take place. 

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CSC Applying Specialist Screeding

Carbonation is where heaters that use fossil fuel cause a combination of Carbon Dioxide mixed with calcium hydroxide in fresh concrete which causes a weak layer of calcium carbonate on the surface. This is known as carbonation and needs to be removed by way of scabbling, planing or shot blasting. Curing compounds that can be applied to concrete surfaces are also detrimental to successful implementation of screeds / toppings and must be completely removed.

New concrete should be more than six weeks old as shrinkage cracks can occur in the slab and reflect through the levelling screed or topping. Cracks in the concrete would need to be repaired with an appropriate method. Primers should be applied to a completely dry surface to assure a proper bond and consideration should be given to the moisture content of the slab.

Old concrete needs the same attention as above and moisture testing should still be carried out as damp problems could exist.
CSC Screeding Ltd offer a complete service to tackle moisture, strength, suitability and cleanliness of substrates prior to the installation of levelling screeding systems and toppings.


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Centre Square, Lily’s

CSC Screeding secured the insulation and floor screeding package at the landmark High Wycombe development called Centre Square at Lily’s Walk for Inland Homes Plc.



Prince of Wales Drive

CSC Screeding were engaged by Berkeley Group to carry out Calcium Carbide testing, on anhydrite screed with underfloor heating, throughout their development at Prince of Wales Drive.

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CSC Screeding are members of Constructionline, CHAS and Builders Profile where a predefined Health & Safety questionnaire is pre-completed and our clients have direct access to the information. Documents contained in the pre-qualification system are updated throughout the year, ensuring continued compliance. We have focused on developing the business through constant innovation, implementation and collaboration.

We were an early adopter of FORS – gaining Bronze accreditation – as we recognised this would become more widely requested on construction sites.

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