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Integral Colouring vs. Colour Hardener

Integral Colouring yellow and blue example

Integral Colouring vs. Colour Hardener…Ready to put down concrete but don’t know which way to go? Don’t fret! We outline all the pros and cons here of each technique so you can decide the best way to go for your project. Integral colouring is the process of pre-mixing integral pigments into the concrete so that the entire concrete mixture is the desired colour. Colour hardening is the process of applying a mixture of sand, cement, pigment, and slab conditioning agents about 1/8 inch thick on top of recently poured plain grey concrete. 

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How the Screed Market is Changing

Flowing Screed

The UK screed market has not had many changes, traditionally being sand / cement-based screeds. But in recent years, new developments have been made in screed materials and there have been inventions to try to bridge some of the problems associated with traditional materials. Traditional screed design has the advantage of being “simple” due to its readily available and understood constituents. The issues arise in the many factors that affect the quality of the flooring when finished.

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A year gone by…(and Christmas opening times!)

Screed Giant Christmas 2018

With 2018 drawing to a close, we thought we’d reflect back on the year. Screed is an industry where things don’t change much, so sometimes it’s hard to see the progress that has been made. When you look at the wider construction picture, of course, things are a little different. The construction industry has continued to grow, especially in residential housing, and more and more people are extending or renovating their homes, which means that there is more demand for our products – good news!

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Linoleum – Yes or “li”no? 

Linoleum

For those of us who are old enough to remember growing up when there was no such thing as the internet or social media, you’ll probably think of Linoleum with mixed emotions. Lino was the flooring of choice in many houses because it was available in patterns, it was hard wearing and wipe clean (or at least easy to mop). It also brings memories of being very cold and not very comfortable underfoot, and those patterns in the Sixties and Seventies are still the cause of nightmares! In fact, there was almost a revolution against it as the decades progressed with it not even in the consideration list if you could afford something more luxurious. But Lino has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent times Continue reading “Linoleum – Yes or “li”no? “

The Answer May Be Underneath Your Nose, Or At Least Your Feet – Cellars!

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In recent years, properties with a usable cellar space have become a valuable asset to homeowners. A conversion isn’t just ideal for adding value to your property, but also an extra-dimension you can use to make your home a happy one. For families needing more living space, the idea of a cellar conversion is often easier (and cheaper if you already have a cellar to convert) than adding an extension to your home, especially if you are on a small plot or don’t want to lose precious garden space. 

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Flowing Screed levels the playing field

Flowing Screed gives a level floor

In some European countries flowing screed (liquid screeds that are fluid and need only a small amount of work by a screeder) accounts for up to 80% of the screed market. Here in the UK, however, this type of screed hasn’t been as successful in taking over the marketplace. This does seem quite surprising given the obvious benefits of improved productivity, superior product properties, especially when it comes to underfloor heating, and of course, being much easier to lay. It is particularly effective for larger flooring spaces as flowing screed remains strong and is self-levelling.  Continue reading “Flowing Screed levels the playing field”