screed, floor preparation
screed preperation, floor preparation


Floor preparation is vital to a good finish. Our experienced staff will ensure that your floor coverings, such as vinyl or carpet, will last longer.

Flooring can be installed on concrete, timber, stone, and many other sub-floors that have been adequately prepared and is appropriate for use with under-floor heating if required. 

Suitable preparation materials, including smoothing and leveling compounds and any ancillary products is dependent upon the end use of the completed flooring. Any proprietary materials we use for floor preparation are always used per the manufacturers’ recommended instructions.

The finished appearance of a Luxury Vinyl Floor, for instance, will only be as good as the quality of the base over which it is laid. The base should be hard, smooth, clean and dry, and free from any defects. The surfaces should be even and level to achieve good fitting and adhesion. Any irregularities in the sub-floor will show through the finished floor. The effective installation of flooring is dependent upon suitable site conditions, which must comply with the requirements of the relevant national standards, e.g. British Standard 8203.


It’s all about the prep

Floor laying work will not begin until we have assessed and approved the sub-floor conditions. Severe defects should always be reported immediately to the appropriate authority and corrected before installing the floor covering.

The key to installing a quality new floor in nearly all cases is good subfloor preparation. Concrete and wood subfloors each have their subfloor preparation procedures. At Carpet Image, we provide solutions for all situations.

Self-leveling smoothing compound screed is used for smoothing and preparing floor surfaces before applying the final covering. The compound can be used on common building substrates, such as sand or cement screeds and concrete, and can also be used on floors that have electric underfloor heating.

With floorboards, depending on which floor covering you are having installed, we use premium grade plywood or hardboard to make a flat surface.

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