New website launch

Our new and improved website has finally launched after weeks of hard work and we’re happy to say it has been worth the wait. With am emphasis on a cleaner look, easier navigation and a greater selection of products, the new website also provides more information about ourselves, our services and in particular, our great range of warm water underfloor heating products.

One of the new additions worth mentioning is our bulk order discounts we now offer on large quantities available now from our shop. With the aim of supplying distributors for re-sale we offer huge discount on aluminium spreader plates, grip rails and edge insulation with more products to come. If you have any queries about bulk orders please contact us for more information.

We’ve put a lot of effort in to making the website better for our customers so we hope it meets your expectations and needs. We’ve come a long way since we opened for business back in 2011 and we’re looking forward to our continued growth over the coming years, thanks to you guys! Our product range has grown from just 8 underfloor heating kits to over 200 products and with the steady growth in the underfloor heating market we have many more energy efficient heating products to include over the coming months.

Take a tour of the new website and if you have any comments, we’d love to hear them. We also have instant chat available now via Skype so feel free to send us a quick message.

All the best!

The Underfloor Heating Company team

Edge Insulation Roll

Perimeter insulation rollEdge insulation roll or perimeter insulation as it’s also known is an absolute necessity in every wet underfloor heating system with a screeded floors. It’s purpose is not only for insulating the edge of the room to prevent heat loss as many people have come to believe; it also offers huge advantages in getting the best performance out of your underfloor heating system while allowing for the expansion and contraction of the screed to prevent cracking and damage.

– Edge insulation greatly helps to insulate the perimeter of the room to prevent heat loss into the walls and forcing heat back into the room

– The insulation must be installed at the full depth of the screed in order to stop further heat loss through cold bridging

– the thickness of the insulation provides cushioning during expansion and contraction of the screed to prevent the risk of cracking and damage to screeded floors

– perimeter insulation should never be replaced by cutting thin strips of insulation board. This creates a health and safely risk on site and serves completely the wrong purpose with minimal gain

– edge insulation is especially useful for diffusing heat in places where pipework is close together, typically when several pipe runs occupy the same route on the flow and return to manifold

– the polythene backing helps to stop screed entering between the edge insulation and floor insulation and is particularly welcome when using a liquid screed.

– the perimeter insulation we sell is 120mm wide, 8mm thick, available in 25 & 50m rolls

– any excess left showing above the screed can be easily trimmed away once the screed has hardened

Never overlook the importance of fitting perimeter insulation with your underfloor heating system, including the areas around columns and door frames. Without sufficient space to expand and contract a screeded floor with crack and damage which over time will eventually require replacement; an expensive option which can easily be avoided during the early stages of installation.

Click to buy edge insulation roll.

 

Underfloor Heating Thermostats

Underfloor heating thermostats are arguable just as important as the underfloor heating system itself. Without them you have no way to control the heating rendering the it as good as useless. Heating controls have come  long way from the old turn dial thermostats and we have options to suit all tastes and budgets.

We supply one of the leading brands in heating controls that have made a name for themselves in underfloor heating. Heatmiser make and supply an outstanding range of controls ranging from basic turn dials all the way up to wifi controls you can access through your smartphone.

Below is an overview of each type of thermostat that Heatmiser do and briefly

Salus ERT20Electronic Turn Dial– these are the most basic kind of thermostat you can buy. Electronic turn dial thermostats are cheap, functional and simple to use with zero fuss and basic operation. They have no programmable features are ideal for use in smaller rooms or those areas less used in the home where funtionality, features and looks are not important.

 

Heatmiser PRTDigital– digital thermostats are the modern standard these days. They have an illuminated digital display screen with push buttons to increase or decrease the temperature. Most digital thermostats also allow you to program the temperature several days in advance known as digital programmable thermostats. We have several of types of digital programmable stats, the most popular one being the Heatmiser PRT.

 

Heatmiser PRT-TSTouchscreen– touchscreen thermostats are the next step up and generally offer the same features as the digital thermostats with the main difference between them being operated by touching the screen. Slightly more expensive, they certainly look the part in any modern home and are a great addition to any underfloor heating system. Many customer often choose to use touchscreen thermostats such as the Heatmiser PRT-TS in the high traffic rooms such as the kitchen and living room while opting for the cheaper digital stats around the rest of the house.

 

Wireless– wireless thermostats are ideal for when you want to relocate a thermostat without having to go through all the hassle of re-wiring it. By replacing the current thermostat with a wireless receiver you can the place the thermostat unit anywhere you want in the house within a 100m range- rest if on a desk, the kitchen tops or on the bedside cabinet. Wherever works for you, a wireless underfloor heating thermostat like the Heatmiser PRT-W will give you the freedom to chose how you control the heating from a place that’s most convenient for you.

 

Heatmiser PRT-NNetwork– network thermostats are the state of the art underfloor heating control option. Since they run off a 12v system, upgrading your current 230/240v thermostats to network control can be very expensive since it requires completely re-wiring your house with a screencap 5 shielded cable with 8 core twisted copper. Because of this we only recommend installing network thermostats on new builds. But for those who do choose network heating controls you will have the ultimate control unlike anything else. By installing the Heatmiser PRT-N or Heatmiser PRT-NTS touchscreen network thermostat to the Netmonitor you can control your heating via any web browser. And with the Netmonitor plus you can set the heating to any room in the house just by sending a text.

Choosing your underfloor heating thermostat all comes down to how much control you want to have, how modern you want it to be and how much you want to spend. If you’re unsure about what to choose feel free contact us and we will be happy to advise you on what your options are that best suit your needs and budget.

Follow the link to see our full range of underfloor heating thermostats and network products.

 

 

Underfloor Heating Prices

Underfloor heating prices depend on the quality of the product you’re buying and who you’re buying from. Do not assume because the price for your system is high that you’ve buying the best products or because the price is low that you’re buying junk. Almost every company selling underfloor heating sells a slightly different combination and variation of products and some of these companies add on enormous profit margins while passing off their expensive product as superior when it simply is not. Beware of being caught out! Talk to your seller in depth and learn exactly what it is you’re buying and how they justify their price.

When buying your underfloor heating system you want to get it right first time. Getting it wrong can be very costly to fix. The ideal setup is a one time install that will last you at least 25 years with little to zero maintenance. But not all wet underfloor heating products are the same, and some products being sold on the market today are prone to much shorter life cycles and costly fixes later down the line.

When you consider buying an underfloor heating system, the main components of the system are the parts you should be spending your money on since these are the parts that are the heart of the system- the pipe, manifold, fittings and pump unit. The rest of the system- tools, clips, insulation roll, thermostats etc, these are all secondary and have little to no difference in quality from one seller to the next. Any price differences you’ll notice for the same product comes down to the sellers preferred price and is not reflective on the quality.

Pipe is arguably THE most important material in the system and it cannot be stressed how important it is to get this part right because once it’s laid and covered it’s a massive undertaking to fix or replace. Unlike a radiator system that uses the same old copper piping used in every house up and down the country, underfloor heating pipe is NOT all the same. There are numerous types of pipe and some are simply better suited for warm water underfloor heating than others.

The type of pipes you’ll come across are Pex, Pex-Al-Pex, Pert-Al-Pert, and Polybutylene. The best pipe for underfloor heating is widely regarded as Pex-Al-Pex or Pex/Aluminium/Pex. A layer layer of aluminium is sandwiched between two layers of pex and combined with the cross linked structure of this polyethylene pipe is perfected suited for underfloor heating and offers a number of advantages to other types of pipe- the best heat transfer, extremely long life cycles and much lower costs to the end user.

Be cautious of an underfloor heating system that uses polybutylene pipe. Why this pipe is still used in underfloor heating is highly questionable but some companies continue to sell it. In the United States and Canada polybutylene has in fact been withdrawn from the market completely after a class action lawsuit which resulted in it being removed from building code approved usage. One of the problems this pipe suffers is that chlorine compounds in water can cause the deterioration of the internal structure leading to the ingress of oxygen into the system and corrosion of  metal components (manifold, fittings) resulting in eventual costly replacements. Avoid if you can and chose a pipe that does not have these or similar problems. Read more about polybutylene here on Wikipedia.

Pert-Al-Pert pipe is a very good product and very suitable in underfloor heating although it does have a lower heat transfer. In other words, less heat radiates from the pipe so to get the same heat output from your ufh system using pex-al-pex pipe you would need to run a pert-al-pert system hotter which ends up costing more to run.

Who to Choose?

When you come to buy underfloor heating get at as many quotes as you can. If there is a big difference between the lowest and highest price take the time to find out why. Do not confuse the highest price as selling the best product- it simply isn’t true. A high price could be due to high manufacturing costs because of where it’s made but this doesn’t make the product any better, just more expensive to produce which the customer ends up paying for. Find out where the product was made and what certificates and approval ratings it carries- this helps identify the good from the bad and the overpriced from the well priced. Remember, the best that your product should do is last a very long time without failing, rusting or breaking while performing continually at it’s best, and high prices does not automatically grant that!

As a final point to consider, always buy an underfloor heating system that uses pex-al-pex pipe. It is the recognized standard in underfloor heating and in almost all instances comes with full United Kingdom ‘WRAS’ approval- a conformance mark that demonstrates that an item complies with high standards set out by water regulations in the United Kingdom and is granted to only the highest quality products fit for use in UK domestic water applications. If your underfloor heating pipe is WRAS approved it has already proved itself as an extremely high quality product! Our ufh pipe and fittings by Rifeng come with full WRAS approval and are amoungst the highest quality products on the market today, a fact we are proud of and that our customers can benefit from.

For more information help or advice please call our team now on 01625-618508.

The importance of edge insulation

edge insulationEdge insulation is a key component in an in-screed underfloor heating system and should never be overlooked or skimped on as its function is extremely important. It’s main purpose is to provide space for the supple flex and expansion of the floor during temperature change as well as providing an layer of insulation against the walls. Without this cushion the screed has no room to expend and over time will begin to form cracks, reducing the effectiveness of your underfloor heating and furthering the risks of pipe damage.

Edge insulation needs to be put against all points around the room that touches the screed, not just the room perimeter  This includes any centre columns, inner walls or solid features within the room itself. Bear this in mind when working out how much you’ll need for the installation.

 

Some important points to remember:

  • Edge insulation is only used with screeded zones and is not needed in zones using aluminium spreader plates
  • The edge insulation should be laid partly underneath the insulation boards with the remainder running up the walls to be higher than the screed and finished floor level. Once the screed has dried the excess can be cut away with a blade for a neat finish.
  • The polythene layer should point inwards to the room with the foam against the wall. The other way around and the screed would be absorbed and solidify the edge insulation and void its purpose

 

 

 

Pipe Decoiler

Pipe Decoiler

The pipe decoiler easily dispenses or recoils the required amount of pipe from a spinning carousel making the pipe laying process much easier while reducing the risk of kinking. Made from a tough and durable steel frame, the adjustable arms can hold all types of underfloor heating pipe and coils up to 500m (58kg). Can be assembly or disassembled in just a few minutes and will fit easily into a small van. Highly recommended for handling coils larger than 100m.

Features:

  • Quick and simple dispensing of pipe
  • Reduces the risk of pipe kinking
  • Tough and durable steel frame
  • Suitable for all types of underfloor heating pipe
  • Holds coils up to 500m
  • Assembled in 5 minutes

 

What pipe centres do I need to use?

A common question we get asked when people install their underfloor heating is what what pipe centre should be used. This is also raised after quote submissions as often times people are confused why the pipe centres can differ throughout the house. But the answer is pretty straightforward- pipe centres vary to suit the heat requirements for that particular room based on varying factors.

The pipe centres in a wet underfloor heating system is determined by the type of floor covering, the type of room, height of ceiling and what type of heat source is being used. These are some of the most important factors to consider.

200mm centres is recommended in most underfloor heating systems that have hard floors, standard ceiling heights and using a boiler. The harder the floor covering the easier it is to transfer the heat from the pipes to the floor. So any type of tile and stone flooring are good heat conductors that once heated hold the heat well. Wood and laminate are good but being slightly less dense than stone or tile lose the heat a little faster.

If your underfloor heating system is heated by a ground or air source heat pump all centres need to default from 200 to at least 150mm. Heat pumps cannot generate as much heat as boilers can so to balance the loss in temperature  the centres need to be much closer.

Carpets loose heat the quickest and are poor heat converters and because of this any room with a carpet needs to be using 150mm centres minimum if put into screed. If you’re putting in underfloor heating on joisted floors with carpets and using aluminium spreader plates, you’ll need to bring the pipes closer together to 120mm centres since spreader plates aren’t available at 150mm centres.

Points to remember:

  • High heat loss rooms such as those with folding glass doors, conservatories and vaulted ceilings should use 150mm centres as standard
  • An underfloor heating system using an ground or air source heat pump must default the standard centres from 200mm to 150mm as the flow temperature in the system runs slightly cooler than one fed by a boiler.
  • 150mm centres should be used in any rooms with carpets unless the system is installed on joists, in which case use 120mm centres
  • The tighter you bring the centres together the more heat you will produce