Floor Screeding Contractors

AB Drylining has over 10 years of experience, providing high quality screeding services to a wide range of customers nationwide. Serving both residential and commercial sectors with bespoke screeding solutions, we enjoy a reputation for professionalism, delivering on time and on budget.

Floor screeding, in the simplest terms, is the application of Portland Cement mixed with water and graded aggregates to a prepared concrete floor. Floor screeding can be used as a base to apply a flooring finish to or can be used as a final surface for commercial clients.

All our floor screeding technicians hold as a minimum, an NVQ Level 2 Qualification and CSCS Health and Safety cards. We maintain their high level of skills with consistent training and knowledge of new screeding technologies and techniques.

Our customers

AB Drylining serves a diverse client base consisting of builders, contractors and residential customers. While we excel in the commercial sector we have maintained our capacity to offer affordable solutions to our residential customers. As we grow we have made sure that our technical guidance and customer service continues to compliment our services.

Oval Homes, a customer of AB Drylining
Applewood Designs, a customer of AB Drylining


  • You save time and money

  • Increases the durability of the floor

  • Sound and Heat Insulation

  • Comfortable Flooring

Why AB Drylining

  • We take pride in our work from start to finish

  • Competitive prices with high quality finish

  • A reliable and friendly service

  • We work closely with our clients

Choosing the right floor screeder

Getting the perfect finish on your floor starts with choosing the right floor screeding contractor. They should have enough experience to perfect their craft (a minimum of 6 years), the latest equipment and a working knowledge of new technologies. When you buy experience you are buying a planning team, the best screed, professional labour and a delivery that is on budget and on time.

We deal with all sorts of requirements including:

  • High strength screeds
  • Traditional screeding
  • Free flowing screed
  • Leveling
  • Fast drying
  • Floor insulation
  • Screeding over under floor heating

Whether you just need support in finding the right screeding solution or a timely quote, get in touch today on 01225941006 or contact our senior specialist Alfie Burrows directly on 07983 879 762. Alternatively you can send us a message via the short form at the bottom of the page.

What is screed flooring?

Not to be confused with a concrete floor, floor screed is usually a cementitious material that is used to create a strong and level floor. It can extend the life of a floor and improve it’s quality. It is applied to a floor base, usually made up of concrete slabs or a precast concrete floor unit.

How long does screeding take?

The size of the floor will be a determining factor, but typically you can expect 3 – 5 days before the floor is ready to be used with fast drying screed.

For other types of screed the industry benchmark for drying is nearly four months (110 days) for a standard 75mm screed. At this point the moisture is usually at an acceptable level for applying the final floor finish.

Floor screeds, when done properly, need to be cured instead of dried out quickly. A floor screed needs to retain moisture for as long as possible to ensure the best quality finish. Rapid drying can lead to cracks. A polythene sheet is placed over the screed whilst it cures.

How much does screeding cost?

Floor screeding prices vary, but sand and cement screed tend to cost upwards from £15 per m2 with flowing screed starting at a little more from £17 per m2. Factor in the cost of contracting someone to complete the work at £10 – £14 per m2 and you will have an idea of the price. It is always best to request a quote in the first instance as there are a number of factors that can influence the price.

Which floor screed should I use? Here are some options

This is not a 5 minute decision and if you don’t plan on using a floor screed contractor like AB Drylining then you will need to do a lot of research. Below is just a short summary of some of the more popular types of screed, as we feel that all of our customers could benefit from knowing the main differences. It is not so much the brand and price of screed that will determine the best fit for your project, but rather the unique requirements you have.

Traditional screed

This is the standard mix of cement and sand in a ratio of 1:3 – 5 with water and is mixed with PP or other micro fibres to reduce cracking. It is used to create a layer, upon which the final floor finish is installed, with such things as tiles, vinyl and wood.

You tend to see traditional screeds used more for schools, hospitals and retail floors. It is the affordable choice for small surface areas but you can expect to wait longer for it to dry which will give you less flexibility with your timeline.

Free flowing screed

As the name suggests these screeds have a liquid consistency and are composed of calcium sulphate, sand and water.They are referred to as anhydrite free flowing, self leveling or compacting screeds and they come with a big advantage.

Placement is a lot easier and accommodating for larger areas while still providing consistently good results. Why not always use free flowing screed you ask? Because it also comes with some pretty big disadvantages. It is not suitable for areas that are likely to get wet, is incompatible with cementitious products, takes longer to dry and can not be used as a final wearing surface.

Floor levelling compounds

As you might of guessed, these are screeds that differ from the more traditional types and are used for levelling or as an additional layer to make the floor more tolerant. They are almost always more expensive and can be typically seen used for warehouses, garages and other areas which have high demands for surface flatness or consistency.

Fast drying or accelerated screeds

Understandably this type of screed gets a lot of attention and is often asked after by customers. After all, who would want to wait longer than they have to? Fast drying screeds like Isocrete K-screed or Ronacrete are popular products when you do not have the time to wait for the industry dry time benchmark of 1mm per day. They are made much like traditional screed but mixed with additives to improve their drying time. These screeds can be pre-made or mixed on site as required.

There a plenty of fast drying screeds on the market that allow people to walk on it in as little as half a day. This will allow you to install the final floor much sooner which, when combined with an underfloor heating system and good insulation, means you can complete the drying of the screed faster.

As always there are caveats and exceptions so be sure to get some advice from an industry expert if you plan to choose a screed yourself.

Underfloor insulation

AB Drylining offer thermal and acoustic insulations with all screeding systems. Insulated flooring not only keeps your feet warm and energy bills down, but also adds to the soundproofing of your development. Concrete floor insulation can also be installed and is more appropriate for projects like garages and warehouses.

The industry failure rates for floor insulation in the UK are unfortunately still quite high, leading to many claims for disruption and frustration in the later stages. That is why it is important to contract a professional installer with a proven track record. Yes, we fit the bill.

Underfloor heating screed

Underfloor heating, often abbreviated to UFH is an efficient way of generating heat using electric or hydronic heating elements that are encased in screed underneath the floor. Choosing the right system will depend on a number of factors and the fastest way to decide upon the right one is to contact an underfloor heating installer or specialist about your project. If you need us to put you in touch with a reputable underfloor heating company then give us a call.

Usually you will decide upon either electric underfloor heating or hydronic (wet) underfloor heating. In either case the heating elements are usually secured to insulation panels and then the screed is applied over it, as illustrated below.

Illustration of screeding over underfloor heating elements

When incorporating underfloor heating the right screed will conduct the heat well and evenly across the whole of the floor, thereby avoiding any hot or cold spots. When installed to the right depth the screed will also retain the heat for longer, reducing the bill and improving the energy efficiency of your development. In this manner screed really compliments underfloor heating.

Once again choosing the right screed to go with the right UFH system is essential and your provider should be able to explain the reasons for and against a particular screed to you.

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