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Asphalt Floor Screed | Where Can It Be Used?

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Asphalt Floor Screed - The ‘Old School’ Method

Asphalt floor screed, more commonly known as mastic asphalt has a number of different applications mainly for areas that need levelling or for example if there is an issue with the insulation or damp. These days asphalt is rarely used as technology in screeding has now advance.
Asphalt floor screed was made by combining specific bitumen’s and aggregates with limestone filler. Asphalt delivered a solid, smooth, hard-wearing floor surface, making it popular in construction.
The addition of other polymers means that it can be flexible and resistant to crack formation. Not only can it outlast most other types of domestic, commercial and industrial floor screeds, but it is also very easy to install, and it cools rapidly, meaning it can be in-situ and foot traffic ready in just a few hours

Uses For Asphalt Include:

  • Drainage falls
  • Levelling surfaces
  • Creating stable bases for other constructions like decking
  • Walkways
  • Balconies
  • Car parks/ service areas

It can be applied directly to an existing concrete base, so it is useful for open walkways, balconies. It is also versatile enough to use beneath cold roofs and terraces.

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Advantages of Asphalt

  • Damp proofing – asphalt floor screed is made using bitumen so it helps provide an additional damp-proof layer on floors.
  • Hard-wearing – asphalt roads are well known for their strength and durability so by using asphalt floor screed in a factory or car park a solid, long-lasting and stable surface is provided.
  • Dust-free – asphalt floor screed stops the dust creation associated with concrete flooring because its construction means the dust adheres to the floor. There is no need to sweep every day to keep the dust levels down either, reducing the need (and cost) for constant housekeeping activities.
  • Flexible – using asphalt floor screed takes away any worries about uneven settling and crack formation damaging the floor or the covering placed upon it. The flooring can accommodate the stresses put upon it by adjusting accordingly.
  • Chemical resistant – chemical laboratories, factories, or any industry that uses acids can be confident when they lay asphalt floor screed. An industrial mix of acid-proof bitumen, special aggregates and limestone make it perfect for use in these environments.
  • It looks good – an asphalt walkway, balcony or terrace looks good and stays looking good in the long term making it useful in commercial and domestic settings.
  • Non-slip – provides a rough finish which makes avoids it becoming slippery.
  • Noise-reducing – the elasticity of the asphalt floor screed helps it to absorb noise, making it a quieter option than traditional concrete. Useful in factory environments and within the home.

Applications of Asphalt Floor Screed:

Industrial – Any area with a high level of motor vehicle traffic benefits from the dust-free, high-quality surface. In industries where acid resistance or spark resistance is necessary, there are special grades of asphalt floor screed produced specifically for these challenging environments.

Domestic – traditionally the screed has not been used in homes but this is now changing as builders recognise that it is perfect as a base layer for carpet, vinyl and other forms of flooring. Its rapid cooling reduces the time it takes to provide a firm, durable floor surface which has increased its popularity in domestic construction.

If you would like more information on our more advanced (up to date) floor screeding products such as the Tarmac range of products contact us at Interior Screed Ltd, we will be more than happy to help.