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Any form of building up or laying of coverings on the floor comes under the banner of flooring, whether you need your floor building up to a higher level or you want the floor made level in Any form of building up or laying of coverings on the floor comes under the banner of flooring, whether you need your floor building up to a higher level or you want the floor made level in preparation for a new floor covering or even if you want your floor covered by laminate, lino, tiles or even real wood flooring chances are you will want to speak to a floorer.
Screeding is the process of building the floor up to the right height for the floor covering to be laid, this is often done to continue the existing floor level in the house into a new area such as an extension or conservatory. It is usually done with a mixture of cement and an aggregate such as sand, wooden planks are laid out to the correct height, the mixture is poured between the blocks and a straight edge is dragged across to block to achieve a flat finish, some floor coverings may require the surface to be perfectly level and such a levelling compound may be required to finish the job.
If you have an uneven floor and are considering floor coverings it is worth looking at how flat and level your floor is, some coverings such as laminate and lino will suffer bounce or degradation on uneven floors and you will probably want to lay some self-levelling floor compound to ensure the finished article is as good as it can be. Though the title suggests the compound does all the hard work for you, laying is a tricky process and should only be attempted by someone who is experienced in the use of the product as mistakes are easily made and expensive to rectify.
One luxury you may wish to consider if you are laying a new floor is underfloor heating, it does not come cheap but it is easier to lay with a new floor than it is to lay under an existing floor and hence will cost less, it is great in bathrooms and conservatories but can be laid anywhere. Heat settings work in the same way as you central heating thermostat and can be a great choice especially in the winter months.
When choosing the type of floor covering you are going to go for, you have a lot of choices! Floor tiles are a great way to brighten up a surface, they come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials and are an easy clean surface, tiles are a popular choice in kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories. There are lots more options available such as lino, carpet and laminate flooring which is growing in popularity, it is a great all-rounder made of resin or fibre materials bound by a lamination process and made to mimic the look of stone or wood grains. The surface is hard wearing and easy clean as well as being fairly simple to install, though it is not recommended that you attempt to lay this type of floor without experience, laminate should always be laid on a flat, even surface.
preparation for a new floor covering or even if you want your floor covered by laminate, lino, tiles or even real wood flooring chances are you will want to speak to a floorer.