Screed panels - flexible and fast building material
Screed is a building material that is not much noticed in house building but plays a big and important role. The screed is usually laid in liquid form. However, there are also ways in which the screed is moved differently. These include primarily screed panels. In addition to the other technique of laying, there are other differences that distinguish liquid screed from the screed panels.
The benefits of screed panels and how to best lay them are suggested in the following text.
Advantages of screed panels
At first glance, the question of why screed panels should be preferred to screed screeds is relatively hard to come by, as the screed is a flexible solution that can be used for many different purposes. The plates also offer some advantages. These are especially because they are used in a fixed size and thus the calculation of the required amount is very easy. This does not only apply to the plates themselves, but also to the materials involved. Simply measuring the space will help, and if something goes wrong, it can simply be cut to the right size.
In addition, screed panels can also be quickly processed because they do not have to dry themselves, just the one used Glue. Another positive aspect compared to the liquid variants is that the plates are not as susceptible to fractures and cracks as the liquid screed if cured incorrectly. This also applies to other changes in shape which can occur with liquid variants.
Use of Screed Plates
The two main purposes of Screed Plates lie in renovation and prefabrication. A major function is to use the screed as an insulating material. This applies primarily to the impact sound insulation. In addition, the screed can also be used so that bumps are compensated. This is especially useful for the renovation work. Often above the screed then the direct soil layer is built, which is committed. Thus, the screed also has a protective and connecting function.
These types of screed panels are available
Like the liquid screed, screed panels are distinguished primarily by the binding material. This holds the individual components together within the plate and offers different properties. Often therefore plasterboard is used to ensure the transmission of power into the ground. However, wood-based panels or cement-bonded chipboards can also be used. Also concrete or natural stone works are common materials.
The connection of individual plates with each other usually takes place by screwing these plates, whereby they can also be glued. This also applies if several layers are installed. The screed is usually glued or screwed together with both the floor underneath the screed and the floor layer above to achieve the best possible result.
The screed can also be very well connected by means of tongue and groove
Preparing the substrate
Before the screed panels can be laid on the entire floor, it must first be prepared. As a first step, it goes without saying that the entire floor is cleared. This is especially important for renovations, but should be a prerequisite for all work in the room. The next step is a good cleaning. As a result, no dirt accumulates below the screed and bumps are clearly visible. This is important because these bumps can be problematic and the screed can not balance them.
Therefore, these must be corrected in the soil, so that the soil is as smooth as possible. Since screed has the task of impact sound insulation, but can not take over completely, PE foil must be used as an aid. In addition, it also helps well against moisture that can escape from the soil. It is laid in lanes through the entire room and can also overlap a bit. In addition, it should stand slightly up against the wall.
It usually does not harm the PE film when it is fixed with the help of adhesive tape. As long as no holes are torn into the foil, it even helps to fix the foil better.
Laying screed plates
Laying is similar to laying laminate or parquet floors. It should always be in individual rows until the end of this series. At the end of the row, the last plate can then easily be sawn into the right shape. Then the rest of this tail can then be used as the beginning of the next row to save time and effort. This process can then be repeated for all rows until the entire floor is covered as evenly as possible with the panels.
The panels can then, or immediately, be fixed in the floor with screws. For this purpose, however, both the screws and the drill should be suitable because the ground is usually hard. After a certain time of about one day, the overlying floor layer can be glued on, if the screed panels have just been laid.
Although liquid screed offers many advantages, it can not keep up with the screed panels in all respects , This is especially true for the fast and flexible application of the plates, as they can be used without large and expensive machines. In addition, laying is no longer difficult and the work can be completed in a few days.
Before screed panels can be laid, the floor must first be cleaned and smoothed. Afterwards, a PE foil must be applied for sealing to keep out moisture and to take over part of the impact sound insulation. The screed panels can then be laid one after the other and fastened together.
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