Cemfloor provides the ideal solution for the domestic floor market. Its flowing properties make it easy and fast to install, and yet it is based on Cement and therefore has none of the concerns inherent with other flowing screeds. There are no special measures required before applying adhesives or floor finishes to it and, as an added bonus, it dries relatively quickly when compared to other flowing or “ordinary” screed materials.
Cemfloor has only been in Ireland & mainland Europe for a few years and was introduced to the UK this year but is already attracting huge attention and demand for its extremely high quality. Since it seems to “tick all the boxes” it is easy to see why!
Cemfloor is extremely responsive to underfloor heating due to the fact that they can be laid in very thin sections. Underfloor heating has grown in popularity in recent years and it is becoming increasingly common for a screed to either contain or overlay an underfloor heating system. This may take the form of electric heating cables or warm water pipework. Almost invariably these screeds will be floating due to the need for there to be a layer of insulation under the heating system. In general, the screed would be installed as any other floating screed but it is likely that the inclusion of the heating system will necessitate a higher thickness. Often this will be defined as a minimum “cover” to pipework for example.
Underfloor heating systems are where the benefits of flowing screeds become even greater when compared to semi dry screeds. They can be laid thinner at typically 45 to 50mm for calcium sulphate or Cemfloor instead of 75mm for traditional screed. The screed will fully encapsulate the pipe, which is difficult to achieve with hand compacted materials, and the thermal conductivity is much better.