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Here in Hulme in Manchester, we were instructed to inspect a floor screed within the living room of a modern block of flats. The floor screed had cracked through the living room area and due to a soft and very compressible insulation underneath and a rolled carpet and underlay above, the floor had crumbled in a high traffic area due to the edges of the crack breaking away as pressure was applied.


Our surveyor noticed a beam and block floor underneath once the commercial unit on the ground floor provided access to their store room, so his suspicions of timber decay to joists were ruled out.  Taking into consideration the flat was occupied, our surveyor put forward the option of removing and replacing the slab with adequate movement joints and reinforced mesh, but suggested a patch repair with a reinforcing screed, then to replace the floor covering with a hardwood engineered flooring in order to spread point loads over a much larger area compared to carpet.

It’s always pleasing to give clients options, especially where there are budgetary restrictions.

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