Here at EnergyZone we specialise in bespoke solutions, be it renewable or conventionally fired, there is nothing quite like the snug comfort provided by underfloor heating.
Typically, underfloor is confined to ground floor areas, laid on top of a layer of membrane and insulation, before being encased within a covering of screed. This screed gives the heating pipes some mass to transfer heat into slowly, allowing it to escape into the room above over a period of time and works perfectly with heatpumps. This solution is ordinarily specified right from day one of your new build or renovation project enabling the increase in floor height due to the insulation and screed layers to be factored in. For new buildings and extensions this is reasonably straight forwards. For renovation projects, this needs to be carefully considered; you must dig down to create the required space – which is not always possible or cost effective. However there are alternative methods of installation for renovation projects which can still provide the required heating performance without requiring too much building works, please contact us for solutions to this as we have a toolbox full of options to suit all types of construction.
What happens if I want underfloor upstairs?
Becoming more and more popular is underfloor heating throughout the property creating addition room space by doing away with wall hung radiators. In some cases, a thinner dry or biscuit screed can be used here, again creating that thermal mass. This option needs to be factored in at the initial building design as there are structural implications due to the addition weight to the floor level as well as increases to finished floor height.
If the building’s construction is a more typical joist arrangement, we can utilise our hanger plate. This plate features a grove which holds the pipe below the top of the floor joist, allowing pipework to be run in below the finished floor level. This method means there is no increase to the final finished floor height. Its aluminium construction also helps to dissipate heat as much as possible. We are also able to provide pre-routered chipboards to allow the pipe to be laid directly beneath the final floor surface, this will create a much more responsive heating system with minimal build-up height.
What finished floor covering can I have?
This is often a choice that influences any final decision on whether to have underfloor heating or not, particularly upstairs. Tiled, solid, polished or engineered flooring are all excellent conductors for the low temperature heat associated with underfloor heating. The use of carpet is possible but the tog levels need to be of a low enough level to allow heat through; not a luxurious heavy pile which will insulate you from the pipes below. A very common split for projects at EnergyZone is underfloor for downstairs areas featuring stone, tile or engineered flooring with upstairs bathrooms or en suites; rooms typically tiled, also having underfloor. Bedrooms or dressing areas can then be served with a low temperature radiator circuit, meaning you are not restricted to the type or thickness of carpet you can have within these spaces. Duel fuel towel rails can also be installed within the bathrooms, either as part of the radiator circuit or as part of the underfloor circuit, meaning towels are warm and dry regardless of your heating being on or not.
Whatever type of building construction or floor finish you are aiming for Energyzone have the experience and expertise to provide the best solution for the project, we will not only provide it but also install and commission it and provide the long term support to keep you snug and warm.
For more information on our Underfloor Heating Solutions or a free quotation, please call us on 01299 270011.