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Flowing Screeds Association advocates for training to improve industry standards

THE Flowing Screeds Association (FSA) says it’s keen to promote the importance of a skilfully installed flowing screed in achieving good surface preparation.

Flowing screeds have many advantages for residential and commercial applications, being simple to install, quick to dry and ideal for underfloor heating systems.

The FSA believes the way to promote the technique further is by offering training, to drive up skill levels in the sector and encourage more companies to get involved and more specifiers to see the benefits that flowing screeds can offer for their projects.

The vast majority of jobs involving flowing screed, whether of the gypsum type or cement-based provide the ideal surface for the laying of a top-layer, whether this is tiling or any other type of floorcovering.

It’s important however that correct procedures are followed to avoid errors on the job, which would make it difficult to install a final floorcovering without further remedial work. Inadequate project planning, incorrect screed specification for the job being undertaken, incomplete preparation of the concrete substrate, an incorrect mix (or incorrect amount of water) or inadequate drying or curing can all lead to screed failure and subsequent debonding of the final floorcovering.

The FSA believes training and accreditation would be invaluable, as this would help address the need for adherence to the relevant British Standard, BS 8204. Such training would ensure that individuals entering the industry would acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to expertly perform their job.
This approach wouldn’t only benefit clients by ensuring reliable services, but also enhance the overall perception of the flooring industry as a skilled trade.

By establishing a structured training and registration process, the industry can elevate its reputation, emphasising the importance of expertise and quality craftsmanship.

It should also be stressed that main contractor and client education is of great importance.
Inevitably the installation of floorcoverings comes at the end of almost any project. In fact it should literally be the last job carried out onsite – after drylining, painting, electrical etc.

Unfortunately this is precisely the time when budgets come under most pressure, increasing the temptation to cut corners, in order to meet amended cost and time constraints. It’s therefore important for main contractors to understand the importance of firm and realistic project scheduling at the outset. If you shave some days off a screed drying time, for instance, the risk of project failure as a result is real.

To support its work, the FSA is looking to recruit more members to join. All members have access to training courses, technical documentation, a free listing on the FSA website at, free advertising through FSA channels, networking opportunities and use of the FSA logo on vehicles and marketing materials.

Membership is open to manufacturers, including binder and system manufacturers, as well as screed contractors and applicators. There will also be an associate membership category.

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