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Choosing the right self-levelling screed

by Madelein
Choosing the right self-levelling screed

It is important to consider that screed products are alternatives to conventional methods. Both cost and time are substantially reduced by the rapid-setting nature of the products and the better control these products provide over the outcome of the finished floor.

So why use a self-levelling screed?
The decision to use a self-levelling compound must be made when the choice of floor covering to be installed is established. Resilient floor coverings tend to mould to the substrate tightly, which reveals any (even very minor) substrate imperfections, while a carpet simply hides them – neither being the required result. Therefore, ensuring a good-looking perfect floor necessitates a flat, level and smooth substrate.

Self-levelling cementitious compounds require minimal application effort and can effectively level out large floor surfaces quickly. The thinner consistency of these self-levelling compounds, compared to other types of cement screeds, facilitates easy and effective filling of uneven areas.

Sika has launched a new fast setting, self-levelling screed, Sikafloor-200 Level. The very low emission, cement-based compound is suitable for interior and exterior residential and non-industrial applications, and it meets or exceeds all the latest standards and requirements for both new work and refurbishments.

The product is ideal for filling, smoothing and levelling suitable substrates before applying parquet, ceramic tiles, seamless resin floors, textile and elastic floor coverings. It is also waterproof, frost resistant, suitable for application on subfloor heating systems, can be pumped, and is suitable to build bonded screeds under ceramic tiles on cementitious substrates.

For more information, contact Sika on +27 (31) 792 6500 or via www.sika.co.za.

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