How the museum was constructed

Salt Museum required an expert construction team in order to support the required foot traffic, and make it safe for the public. Local roof contractors Roofing Matters assisted with the Flat roofing required to create a bespoke design to remain in keeping with the old look of the museum. Heavy rocks containing salt deposits of course required some reinforcement, and the fiberglass roofing materials were more than adequate for this.

When it comes to the flooring, reinforced liquid floor screeding was required throughout. Concrete screeding can smooth out a rough floor and give your floor additional strength. The screeding is made up of a mixture containing ¼ cement and ¾ sharp sand. The standard way of applying this mixture is by pumping it onto the floor via hose while it is in a liquid state.
There may be times when the screeding needs to be reinforced. The benefit of reinforcing the screed is that it can make it stronger and less prone to damage or cracking. It will also keep the screed from shrinking or curling up. As the screed dries, it may start to warp and change shape. Having it reinforced with another type of material prevents that from happening in many cases.

 

How it works

Polypropylene fibres are commonly used to prevent micro cracks in the screed. Generally, they would be used to reinforce un-bonded screed or screed that is floating. The fibres block the advancement of the cracks, serving as a hindrance to their spread. They contain any cracks that may start and keep them from causing real damage across the screed. When the cracks hit the fibres, they will actually stop forming altogether and disappear. We managed to find some recommended builders in Wimbledon and Merton to assist with the building and construction of the brickwork. This was in order to support the weight of everything. This task was absolutely a pivotal moment in the build. After two days of precise calculation, we were finally ready to begin with the mesh reinforcement.

 

Mesh Reinforcement

Mesh can be used to reinforce traditional screed, but it is used almost exclusively on screed that is very thick. If it were to be used in screed that has little depth, it could keep the steel below from bonding with the screed layer. The advantage of using mesh reinforcement is that it greatly improves the bending moment of the flooring.Mesh reinforcement is often recommended in floors that have day joints or that contain pipe services. The mesh ensures day joints do not experience any lateral movement. When used with day joints, brick ties may be added to the centre of the screed joint. The benefit of using mesh reinforcement with pipe services is that this type of reinforcement will almost always prevent cracking.
Your liquid screed specialist will ensure that the right kind of reinforcement is chosen, if any is necessary. Many times, no reinforcement will be required. But having the best kind for your floor will ensure that the screed bonds properly and that it lasts a long time in excellent condition. Only an experienced screed specialist should pick out the type of reinforcement to be used, as choosing the wrong kind can compromise the floor. For further information visit London Flow Screed our recommended installers of floor screeding.

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