Laser Screed Flooring
Following our recent Investments in plant and equipment, we have an enviable portfolio of plant and equipment to call upon to carry out our works to the very highest standards with the very best machinery.
The machines available currently include 2no. S-22E, the latest Laser screed and we have invested in the Roller Plow head to achieve the best level and flatness and improve finishing properties of the concrete. We also have 2no. SXP-D machines, 3no. SXP machines, 2no. S240’s, along with other variations of the Laser Screed machines capable of laying in smaller areas and on top of upper floors and mezzanines.
Our main Laser Screeds can produce up to 3,000m² of high quality, high tolerance floor slabs, on a daily basis per machine.
Laser Screed Construction Tolerances.
With careful selection of equipment, methodology and bay layout we can achieve very high tolerance concrete floors, regularly achieving FM1. More generally FM2 tolerances (Free Movement where mechanical handling equipment can move over all areas of the slab) are specified and are easily achieved by our skilled and experienced workforce. This is a common specification for distribution centres and warehouses.
Similarly on defined movement (Very Narrow Aisle, High Bay Racking – high tolerance specified in warehouses that are over 13m in height) DM1 tolerances can be achieved with minimal grinding.
Our Laser Screeds can work with steel fibre and conventional mesh specifications producing slab designs in accordance with latest concrete society TR34 (2013) 4th edition.
Ground bearing, suspended slabs, & even slabs to falls can be constructed using Laser Screed machinery.
Types of Work
A mechanised system of laying concrete floor slabs where a machine trims, levels and vibrates concrete up to 350mm deep with the correct specification concrete. Tolerances up to FM1.
High Tolerance Floor Slabs
Precision levelled slabs are often required for many types of installation. For Free Movement tolerances where very tight tolerances are required over the whole slab. This may well be for specialist equipment e.g. air cushion transport etc. are being used, we can lay slabs to FM1 (Free Movement). For racking areas the tolerance changes to Defined Movement and Malin can lay large areas of slab to DM1 (Defined Movement). With both specification Laser Screed construction methodology can be utilised.
Upper Floors and Mezzanines
These can be slabs on metal decking and pre-cast planks. These are normally laid using hand screed methodology. Alternatively, the smaller Laser screed systems, copperhead, S840 type machines can be used if access and egress can be provided. Tolerances depend upon stiffness of the supporting structure which includes structural steelwork and decking/planks.
Hand Screeded Flooring
Generally used for smaller areas of offices, small sheds etc. where the mechanised system cannot be used. Tolerances are generally FM3 or FM4
Specialist slabs situated inside an insulated panel box building. Sizes can vary from just a small unit inside a retail outlet to a whole building. The slabs are normally hand laid although the smaller Laser Screeds, Copperhead and S840 can be used if access and egress can be provided. Tolerances are dependant upon methodology used. If required very high tolerances, DM1 or similar can be achieved using the ‘long strip method’. More generally FM3 or FM4 tolerances are adopted using the hand lay systems.
Generally specified for outside slabs and roadways for traffic into and out of warehouses etc. The most common finish is a brush finish to provide a textured running surface for the vehicles using the hardstandings and roadways. Various techniques can be adopted using both mechanical Laser screed type systems and hand lay systems. These slabs are normally laid to falls into a designed surface water drainage system.
Ground Bearing Slabs
These slabs rely entirely on full support from the sub strata. The reinforcement detailing, and design is specific for controlling the drying shrinkage of the concrete.
Suspended Pile Supported Slabs
These slabs have reinforcement designed to distribute loadings into the concrete capable of spanning between a designed pile system. Reinforcement includes designed rebar, special designed mesh sheets and steel fibres etc.
Hydraulically Efficient Slabs to Falls
Mainly used in wet areas where the manufacturing processes include a washout water being drained away. Bottling plants, fish and meat processing plants all commonly use this system.
Multi Story Car Parks
Commonly laid to falls and having a brush type finish to provide grip for vehicles. Some carparks have other finishes applied to the finished concrete.
Waste Treatment Plants
Various configurations exist for waste treatment plants. Generally slabs are laid to falls but some areas are laid ‘flat’. Concrete has to be designed specifically for the type of waste being treated which can be very aggressive to concrete.
Various configurations exist for recycling centres. Generally slabs are laid to falls but some areas are laid ‘flat’. Concrete must be designed specifically for the type of waste being treated which can be very aggressive to concrete and extremes of temperature, up to 70º Celsius can exist between areas of concrete a small distance away. In other centres very aggressive machinery e.g. heavy face loading shovels, can be used and the concrete has to have a very ‘tough’ abrasion resistance. Joints need to be carefully considered.
Main Site Plant Resources
- 2 No S-22E Laser Screeds, these are the latest machines out of the world renowned Somero stable. Both machines have been upgraded to incorporate the latest roller plow head technology…….
- 2 No SXP-D Laser Screeds
- 2 No SXP Laser Screeds
- 2 No S-240 Laser Screeds
- 1 No S840 Laser Screed
- 1 No Copperhead X3
- 1 No Power Rake 2
- 1 No Miniscreed
- Numerous power float options to cater for all types and configurations of concrete floors.