Floor Screed: Types, Cost and How it's Applied

a floor screed laid over underfloor heating pipes
(Image credit: Self Build and Contract Floors)

Applying a floor screed can be an exciting part of your project — a step towards your build starting to look like a finished room. They're largely used to level out floor structures and as an effective base for floors utilising underfloor heating, but while your floor screed might not be visible once your floor covering is down, choosing the right type for your project is still important.

In our guide to floor screeds, we examine the pros and cons of the different options and the cost implications, alongside how they're applied and how your schedule will be affected while waiting for a screed to dry. 

Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.