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So, you’re interested in installing underfloor heating? Or perhaps you’ve already got an underfloor heating system in place? Then it is important to consider what material will cover your underfloor heating system, to allow for maximum efficiency and a sleek, sophisticated finish.
Instillation of your underfloor heating system can be made much easier through use of double aluminium plates (over timber floors) or Profix panels. Double aluminium plates and Profix panels are grooved boards in which the piping system sits snugly, making it much easier to work out where pips should loop and change direction – it is almost like a visual aid, so that you can see where and how the piping system should lay!
Moreover, Profoil insulation boards can also be used to the same effect. However, Profoil insulation boards are mainly used in retro fit projects, or in homes where traditional methods cannot be used. Not only can Profoil panels aid in the insulation of your system, but they also have a metalized surface, which makes heat transfer from the pips into the room as effective as possible!
After you’ve successfully installed your system, it’s time to start thinking about what flooring you’d like, and the more solid, the better! Stone, porcelain, ceramic or slate floors are ideal for use with underfloor heating, as they have the greatest thermal conductivity. Because the particles in a stone or ceramic floor a packed so closely together, they can easily pass heat to one another. Timber flooring can also have a great conductivity, but you’d need to check with the manufacturer who supplies the timber as to whether it would be suitable for use alongside an underfloor heating system. This is because some timber could shrink after the heating is turned on, and you wouldn’t want that!
Top of the range laminate, lino and amtico floorings can also be used, but there are nowhere near as efficient as stone or tiled flooring. Nor are carpets.
Carpets can be used over underfloor heating systems, but they are very poor conductors of heat as carpets are insulators. This will mean that the heat that is emitted from your underfloor heating system is captured by your carpet – which may mean you’ll have very warm carpets, but a very cold room! If the combined TOG of the carpet and underlay is less than 1.5, then you might get away with it, but it is best to keep in mind that carpets are not the best floor covering to use in conjunction with an underfloor heating system.
Covering your floor can be a tough decision, as many people have solid flooring in bathrooms and kitchens but enjoy carpets in their living area and bedrooms. However, don’t forget to explore all of your options! If you really love a carpeted lounge, then look for thinner carpets, or even consider a rug to cover a solid floor, so you get the best of both worlds!
For more information on underfloor heating systems, the visit our website at www.ukunderfloorheating.co.uk. Or why not call us on 08002321501? Speaking to one of our team members may put your mind at ease, and help you in making a decision about your underfloor heating system. We look forward to hearing from you!
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