In a nutshell, a concrete screed is a straightedge tool that levels and smoothens the surface of freshly poured concrete. They can be powered by gas, electricity, hydraulics or operated by hand. Screeds are typically made of aluminum, magnesium, steel or wood – though there are exceptions.
What Is a Screed Board?
A screed board is a tool used to create a level surface for laying bricks, stones, or pavers. It consists of a long, straight board with a handle at one end and a blade at the other.
The blade is used to level the surface of the mortar or concrete, while the handle is used to push the board along. Screed boards are available in a variety of sizes, but the most common is the 2–foot board.
This size is ideal for most bricklaying and paving projects. For larger projects, such as paving a driveway, a 4–foot or 6–foot board may be necessary.
To use a screed board, first, mark the area to be screeded with chalk lines. Next, mix the mortar or concrete to the correct consistency.
Once the mortar or concrete is mixed, pour it onto the surface and spread it evenly with a trowel. Then, place the screed board on the surface and use the blade to level the mortar or concrete.
For best results, hold the board at a slight angle so that the blade cuts through the surface. Work in small sections, moving the board back and forth until the entire area is level. Once the area is level