Probably one of the most frequently asked question we get is "what type of flooring can I have with underfloor heating". It's a good question as there are a lot of variables to consider with each flooring option. Simply put, we would rank the types of flooring that are most commonly used in the following order:1. Tiles/natural stone – Porcelain, ceramic, granite, marble, travertine etc.2. Vinyl – Karndean, Amtico etc.3. Engineered wood – usually 14mm-18mm4. Solid wood – 22mm max5. Carpet – max 2.5 tog ratingBut why are some more popular than others? There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing flooring to lay over your underfloor heating, such as thermal conductivity, insulation properties, style, etc. Lets break it down into those 5 types of flooring.
We often get asked the question, “….how much is it to install the UFH?”
It is difficult to give an accurate answer without specifics as the variables are wide and varied.
To price an installation, we would need to know the following as a minimum:
We often get asked the question, “….how much is it per m²?”
It is difficult to give an accurate answer without specifying the system to the exact requirements of each individual, for example:
Our 1 port kit (£299.97+vat with thermostat) will cover:
20m² with 200mm pipe spacing
15m² with 150mm pipe spacing
Or 10m² with 100mm pipe spacing (which is often used for conservatories, heat pump use etc.)
The use of aluminium ‘spreader plates’ is common in installing water underfloor heating to joisted floors.There are pros and cons of the use of spreader plates that should be considered for water underfloor heating:Pros1. Easy to install for the novice installer as they set the pipe spacing2. Lightweight – where biscuit mix can’t be used3. Clean installation – less mess than biscuit mix4. Quicker – generally faster to install than biscuit mix5. Spread the heat evenly when used with insulation alone
We have supplied a wall heating system for a brand new, purpose designed home for Valli the Temple Elephant in Skandavale monestry. Valli has been with them since 1981, and for the last 30 years has been living next to the Shakti Temple with her keeper Swami Karuna.
Progress on Valli the Temple Elephant’s barn was really quick. They built her new barn from hollow polystyrene bricks; they stack up on each other just like Lego, so they could build a whole wall in a day. They then pumped concrete into the bricks to make them strong. This system has been very successful, firstly because it is so quick to erect, and secondly because the polystyrene provides good insulation to keep Valli warm during the cold winter months.
A test is performed at a pressure of 5 bar before flooring, screed or biscuit mix is laid to check for leaks and ensure the pipes are at their most expanded. This pressure is to be maintained until screed application is completed in order to ensure that any leaks are identified immediately and prevent the screed cracking later. 6 bar is a lot higher than a system would normally run.This action can be pressurised for testing purposes with mains water in most cases. REMEMBER: You must be extremely careful to avoid frost unless anti freeze has been added to the water. The flow from the mains tap to the filling point on the flow rail (red) of the manifold and the return/waste hose connected from the drain point of the return manifold (blue) to somewhere the return water can drain to.
by Damien Wilkinson
All of our kits, with the exception of the single room thermostatic valve kit would require a separate room thermostat. The thermostatic valve kit measures the return water temperatures to open and close the mechanical valve.
by Damien Wilkinson
Underfloor heating is fast becoming the preferred option to heat any home or workspace. More and more people are choosing to heat their homes with Underfloor heating as it is very low to run but remains high in comfort with huge environmental benefits.Underfloor heating radiates upwards from the floor space, heating other surfaces in the room which in turn then radiate secondary heat. Floor draughts are eliminated and the heat in the room remains even. More traditional methods such as wall mounted radiators are known as convected heating which uses the air in a room as the mechanism to disperse heat into the whole room. Using this type of conventional heating means that naturally the warmest part of a room is the ceiling and the coolest is the floor. This is the opposite of Underfloor heating which is warmer underfoot and loss of heat is minimised.
by Damien Wilkinson
1. Check that all flow meters are open. Turn them anti-clockwise a couple of turns from closed2. Switch the programmer for zone 1 so that it is calling for heat, you should see a flame signal.3. There should be no actuators fitted on the manifold, the manifold pump should run and the zone valve should open (if one is fitted).4. The boiler should fire up at this stage and the system should circulate water. Turn the flow meter on all circuits until the plastic indicator is around 1.5 (if using a boiler) or 1 for heat pump systems. The flow meter scale works down, so allowing more flow (like opening a tap) moves the red indictor down. As each are adjusted, some you may have already set may alter slightly. We find that it’s best to alter in small increments.5. Turn the zone 1 room stat up to it’s highest temperature.
by Damien Wilkinson
Underfloor Heating is a beneficial eco-friendly heating solution that is more efficient and cheaper to run than other forms of heating such as radiators.
It can be difficult to understand what is best for you and what the right price to pay should be. This is where we can help. At Underfloor Heating 1 we aim to find the product to best suit your needs that is particular to your property and at a price you won’t find anywhere else.
Underfloor Heating 1 promise to beat any like for like quote. We always quote with a full itemised and quantified list of materials after obtaining the information specific to your property – not a generic quote-not all companies do this and beware any supplier that doesn’t! We only source products from the most reputable companies, such as Danfoss, Honeywell and Heatmiser. All of our products are from companies based in the UK or mainland Europe.