We can install and service all types of Underfloor Heating
These heating systems are available in a variety of different configurations to suit almost any property.
The two main types of underfloor heating system are:
- Hot Water 'wet' Systems. These involve a network of water pipes installed beneath the flooring. Water is supplied by a separate boiler and circulated throughout the pipes.
- Electric 'dry' Systems. These use electrical wiring or pads, connected to your electric supply.
We always highly recommend a 'wet' underfloor system, as it gives you a multitude of benefits.
What are the benefits of Underfloor Heating?
Underfloor heating is a very pleasant form of heating for room occupants. The whole floor holds a uniform temperature closer to the desired air temperature of the room. The reduced thermal air movement within the room means fewer draughts and a more even temperature spread. You will quickly become accustomed to never having cold feet!
Underfloor heating is often more controllable than other heating systems. The pipes in each room create independently controlled zones, giving you thermostatic control of every area. Temperature fluctuations over a regular day are far less noticeable with underfloor heating.
Most underfloor systems operate at between 35ºC and 50ºC, whereas radiators are more commonly at 60ºC and above. This also makes them well suited for houses with renewable energy systems, like solar or thermal heat pumps.
Underfloor heating is quieter than other forms of heating. Lower temperatures and lower circulation rates mean there is less movement within pipes. If the pipes are buried within a concrete floor, they are nearly completely silent!
The lack of bulky radiators means your home has cleaner lines and there are less places to trap dust and dirt. Your rooms are cleared for more flexible layouts.
Is my property suitable for Underfloor Heating?
Underfloor heating can be fitted under most types of floor. We can fit 'wet' underfloor heating systems under:
- Concrete floors
- Solid floors
- Suspended timber floors
- Marble floors
- Floating floors
- Ceramic floors
- Porcelain floors
- Stone floors
- Real wood floors
- Laminate flooring
Types of floor we recommend for underfloor heating
Although there are a many options available for a new floor surface to contain heating pipes, the main three we recommend are:
This is the recommended basis for underfloor heating, with pipes fitted in a solid cement floor construction. A thick layer of insulation is prepared below the main concrete layer. Pipes are fitted in the top layer of screed.
The final floor is around 80mm thick. The large amount of concrete at a relatively low temperature heats the room very efficiently. This type of heated floor is best for new build situations, but can be applied to just a single room extension.
This is the most traditional type of floor construction. Heating pipes are fitted below the floor boards, including aluminium heat spreaders to transfer heat to the underside of the boards. A layer of rigid insulation is added below the pipes.
Alternatively an ‘overlay’ system can be fitted above the floorboards, mounting the pipes in a dense Fermacell thermal board (or similar). This has the benefit of improving heat transfer, as no floor boards are between the pipes and the room.
These are a viable alternative to screed floors. They are installed using a ready-made, rigid insulation panel with heating pipes fitted into grooves in the top. A timber or laminated floor is then laid over the top of this to complete the appearance.
The advantage of this system is that no drying time is required for concrete or screed and fitting is generally faster.
This type of floor is better suited to existing properties where a screed floor would be too difficult to fit.
What about cooling in the summer?
Underfloor heating can actually be used for cooling of the property. If an appropriate system is installed, the underfloor pipes can be cooled slightly in summer to provide passive cooling.
Although underfloor cooling is not as powerful as an air conditioning system, it is far cheaper to run and greatly increases comfort during UK summers.