Planning can reduce project timescales

by Tania Wannenburg
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Time spent on screeding can be drastically reduced should efficient time planning be put into practice and certain guidelines followed.

Careful planning at the outset of, as well as during, a screeding task is critical to complete projects on schedule and within budget. Top screeding contractors have repeatedly demonstrated how efficient planning can aid in delivering projects within deadlines. But this raises the question: why is it so important to complete projects on time?

Two factors answer this question: reputation, which is just part of the picture; and productivity. Low productivity leading to high costs has always been a problem for the entire construction industry. To increase productivity, implementing effective time management procedures has become extremely important, especially in large construction companies with multiple departments.

This is where a professional screeding company can make all the difference to a project. Depending on a project’s scope and timelines, applicators can use screed formulations that fall into one of these two categories:

Ready-mixed screeds
These screeds have both positive and negative implications. Besides ensuring a certain level of quality and convenience, this type of screed can:
•    Save on time and money associated with labour;
•    Eliminate the need to procure and store different materials such as cement, sand and aggregates;
•    Eliminate the need for admixtures, which are required to prepare the screed in a time-consuming process;
•    Help reduce waste; and
•    Speed up projects.
Increased speed coupled with lower costs relating to labour and wastage results in considerable savings to clients.
On the downside, ready-mixed screeds can be more expensive than site-mixed screeds and can also contain certain admixtures which affect curing and drying times along with project timescales and budgets.

If the screed is refused or cannot be delivered due to various reasons, such as last-minute changes, site conditions, etc., the setting process may begin, which could lead to waste and generate an unwanted environmental challenge.

Site-mixed screeds

Although mixing screeds on site is a time-consuming, labour-intensive operation, most contractors prefer these screeds, especially because they have complete control over screed formulations, mixing techniques, and equipment used.

It is true that mixing screeds on site can lead to specific issues, such as batch-to-batch variations, incorrect mix proportions or insufficient mixing. However, these issues will be minimised significantly if screeds are mixed by professionals. Additionally, expert applicators of screeding can easily adapt site-mixed screeds to site conditions and follow a phased approach, mixing only the amount of screed when needed.

For the best results, specialist screeding contractors use high-quality materials, which are mixed with force-action mixers. Additionally, additives can be easily incorporated to accelerate curing, drying, and hardening times whenever necessary, giving applicators of screeding more flexibility and control over projects. Since applicators can easily modify site-mixed screeds to adapt to specific requirements, they can reduce the amount of waste significantly.

In conclusion, opting for the right type of screed and planning each stage of a screeding job in great detail can assist companies in managing efficiently large construction projects. That is because effective, detailed planning leads to orderly allocation of resources to specific operations, facilitating optimum resource utilisation, preventing wastage, and enhancing performance to provide a competitive edge.

Acknowledgement and thanks are given to the following website/blog http://blog.cscscreeding.co.uk for the information contained in this article.

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