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Why Dry Screed and Plaster Are Non-Negotiable


Why Dry Screed and Plaster Are Non-Negotiable

In this article, ‘Hidden Perils: Why Dry Screed and Plaster Are Non-Negotiable in Kitchen Renovations’, we explain why we firmly believe in not compromising on quality and safety for the sake of speed, especially when it comes to this essential phase of kitchen renovation. The importance of allowing screed and plaster to fully cure cannot be overstated – it’s a step that significantly influences the durability, integrity, and safety of the renovation. While it’s natural to want to fast-forward through this phase, we’ll explore why patience in this aspect is not just advisable but essential.

In the thrilling – and, yes, sometimes frustrating – journey of bringing a dream kitchen to life, each decision—from selecting the perfect designs and materials to choosing the right appliances—plays a crucial role in crafting a space that reflects personal style and meets functional needs. Yet, amid the excitement of envisioning sleek countertops and elegant cabinets, there lies a fundamental aspect that is critical to the project’s success but often goes unnoticed: the curing process of screed and plaster.

The Cornerstone of Durability

Picture the moment your kitchen starts coming together: cabinets are being mounted, tiles laid down. The durability of these fixtures’ hinges on the quality of adhesion. Moisture in screed or plaster can compromise this, leading to tiles that might move or cabinets that seem unstable at a mere touch. This instability isn’t merely an inconvenience; it’s a significant compromise to your kitchen’s structural integrity.

Installing on Damp Walls or Floors

The materials you’ve chosen for your kitchen, from the wood of the cabinets to the laminate of the flooring, face a hidden adversary—moisture. This invisible threat can cause wood to warp, laminate to expand, and even affect paint and underlayment, impacting not just the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen but its very functionality. The implications go beyond surface-level issues, potentially leading to costly repairs or replacements.

The Potential Health Implications

The structural and aesthetic issues, while serious, pale in comparison to the potential health risks posed by mould and mildew growth. These health hazards thrive in damp environments, often concealed behind kitchen fittings or under flooring. Exposure to mould can result in a range of health problems, from respiratory issues to allergies, not to mention the damage to your kitchen and the pervasive, unpleasant odours.

A Cascade of Complications

Choosing to proceed with your kitchen installation atop a damp foundation can trigger a domino effect of complications. The effort to rectify adhesion failures, material degradation, or combat mould growth can significantly extend your project’s timeline and budget. What was envisioned as a dream renovation can quickly devolve into an ongoing saga of increased expenses and construction delays.

Navigating Towards Success

Steering clear of these pitfalls begins with an appreciation for the critical role of fully cured screed and plaster. Professional kitchen renovators’ factor in appropriate drying times into your project schedule, conducting comprehensive moisture testing, and managing the site’s drying climate are pivotal steps. Our expertise can avert moisture-related issues, ensuring your kitchen doesn’t just look impeccable upon completion but remains resilient over time.


We hope this article, ‘Hidden Perils: Why Dry Screed and Plaster Are Non-Negotiable in Kitchen Renovations’, explains the fundamental importance of not compromising on quality and safety for the sake of speed, especially when it comes to this essential phase of kitchen renovation. The anticipation to witness your new kitchen materialise is both understandable and palpable. However, exercising patience during the vital drying phase of screed and plaster can avert a range of potential issues. So, please ensure your kitchen is visually striking, structurally robust, and safe by thoroughly drying these foundational elements before continuing with the installation.


At Nicholas Hythe, voted ‘Most Trusted Bespoke Kitchen Design & Installation Company 2024 – Cambridgeshire’ at the SME News UK Enterprise Awards 2024 and the only Trading Standards approved kitchen designers and installers in Cambridgeshire, we actively guide clients to make the best decisions for their needs. We streamline the refurbishment process, ensuring it’s efficient, safe, and stress-free. If you’re navigating today’s kitchen renovation challenges, let us help and guide you and when you’re ready, why not book an appointment with us, free and with no-obligation?