Hi. I’m Andy Parkin, Managing Director of the Multi Award-Winning Speed Screed.
Screed Cold Weather Warning
Summer now seems to be a distant memory, and the temperatures are slowly dropping as we head into winter. Generally, humidity is higher and curing tends to be less of a worry at this time. However, hydration speeds start to slow and in turn strength gains. The screed now takes longer to reach the desired strengths, and early trafficking and loading can and will damage the screed.
If that wasn’t enough, freezing is a major threat to the longevity of the screed. From November to the end of March a screed cold weather warning is in place for all projects. The cement particles need water to start the hydration process. If that water freezes, then the screed will suffer not only from expansion in the screed due to ice, but the reaction can stop.
The result is a dusty, cracking, weak screed. The screed needs to be protected during this early period to ensure that the design life of the screed is met.
The industry in general seems to take the risk and ignore the screed cold weather warning blindly gambling with the longevity of the screed.
Speed Screed can advise on the requirements of all screeds, thus ensuring that the design life is in fact met, be it 50 or 100 years. That is exactly how the screed performs. Our specialist teams are happy to help and explain all the options available to you. We look forward to hearing from you.