74 Rocktown Rd, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8LP


From sand & cement screeds to quick drying and rapid set floors

McErlean Plastering are specialists in pumped floor screeding solutions. From traditional sand and cement screeds to quick drying and rapid set floors McErlean Plastering can supply and install a wide range of floor screeding options depending on clients needs.


The entire floor screed supplied by McErlean Plastering is manually mixed on site to ensure consistent quality throughout the job and each screed floor is applied using a floor screed pump.

McErlean Plastering have a vast experience of floor screed systems. A floor screed is usually a cement-based material made from a mixture of cement and sharp sand. It may be applied onto either a solid in-situ concrete ground floor slab or onto a precast concrete floor unit. McErlean Plastering use traditional sand and cement screed systems and liquid screed systems.

The screed may be directly bonded to the base, with a minimum thickness of 60mm, laid unbonded onto a suitable damp proof membrane which is placed over the slab, or if containing underfloor heating pipes, a minimum of 65mm thick. Alternatively, it may be applied as a floating finish over a layer of rigid insulation material where the screed should be a minimum 65mm thick or 75mm if it contains underfloor heating pipes. If reinforcement is required, this can either be in the form of a fine metal mesh or fibres which are normally polypropylene.

Our skilled floor screeding team can leave the surface as finished, or float the surface to produce a smooth finish on which to lay the specified flooring such as tiles or wooden flooring.

McErlean Plastering can provide traditional ready-mixed sand and cement screeds that are factory-mixed and then delivered to site but usually we mix and pump on site. If it is our customers preference to have

Liquid screed

Using liquid screeds, we can achieve a very high volume of meterage per day. They are quicker to apply than traditional sand and cement screed and may be applied to a minimum thickness of 35mm if bonded, 40mm if unbonded, or 45mm if a floating finish is required. They can also be used in conjunction with underfloor heating systems where a minimum 30mm cover to the pipes is needed. Up to 2,000M²/day may be laid using these screeds. It is important to note however, that whichever type and depth of screed is specified, the decision should be made early in the design process.

Fast drying Floor Screeds

McErlean Plastering have worked extensively with and are approved by Mapei for the installation of their fast-drying floor screeds such as Topcem. These products are suitable for indoor and use in high traffic areas and their main benefit is that they allow a much faster drying process and are ideal for fast track construction schedules. This enables the installation of tiles of wooden floors much faster than traditional screeds which require a drying out period.


•Formation of screeds set to light foot traffic after 12 hours.

•Formation of screeds on which ceramic tiles can be laid after 24 hours. 

•Formation of screeds on which natural stone can be laid after 2 days. 

•Formation of screeds on which resilient flooring and wooden flooring can be laid after 4 days. 

•Patching and repairing floor screeds where rapid restoration is required. 

•Preparation of screeds incorporating underfloor heating systems without the need for polymer additives.

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With 30 years in the business our work is our advertisement. Our skilled team are experienced in all aspects of plastering and building - you are in safe hands.



74 Rocktown Rd, 
Bellaghy, Magherafelt
BT45 8LP


+44 (0)28 7938 6989


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