The removal of old floor covering’s can be a very labour intensive and sometimes a daunting task for
the best of us, if the installation of the old flooring has been stuck down it can pull the old screed up with it then repair work has to be undertaken.
The removal of domestic vinyl in a kitchen which took hours to remove, but just decorating preparation is key to a good finish as this floor was to have a latex screed applied.
It is impossible to never over emphasise the importance of correct and thorough subfloor preparation as problems can occur, in is case too many layers of screed over time creates this problem and repair work has to be undertaken.
Removal of old screeds
As mentioned before layers of old screed have to be removed due to declamation of several layers of screed or contaminated screed due oils or adhesive residues, there are many other factors why this may have to be done.
This type of preparation makes use of a floor grinder and large a vacuum to keep the dust a minimum.
This image shows the floor ready for removal of old screed in a operating theatre in Cheltenham hospital.
After the old flooring is removed or the old screed cut back, the subfloor will require a screed applied.
Generally speaking when we talk about screeding in the flooring industry this means applying a smooth underlayment of a latex or water mix screed, as opposed to the other types of screed use in the building industry which are of sand and cement or gypsum based and laid to falls.
On site investigations we will advise if the floor will need a damp proof membrane before screeding and installation of your new flooring.