We have put together some example scenarios below to help you understand the products you may need for your next Underfloor Heating project. The people and projects below are fictitious but cover a host of real world project questions which may arise.
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John had an old conservatory containing a single radiator. He wanted to make it into a usable room for use during the winter months. Floor height wasn’t an issue as it was a step-down conservatory. John intended on tiling the entire floor and replacing all existing skirting boards.
The conservatory was 3.2m x 5m in size, giving a floor area of 16m2. There was no fixed furniture in the room.
As the underfloor heating was to be retro fitted over the existing concrete floor, an electric system was used rather than a water system to minimise installation time and disruption.
Taking into account the recommended 10% reduction in mat size; a 14m2, 200w heating mat kit was used to cover the required heating area. This kit was accompanied by 23 x 10mm Tile Backer Boards to prevent any potential downward heat loss and a suitable surface for tiling on.
The existing radiator was to remain, meaning the underfloor heating wasn’t being relied upon as the primary heat source for the conservatory.
John completed the installation himself as he was a keen DIY enthusiast. He only needed a qualified electrician to sign the system off in order to validate his warranty. Doing the install himself kept the install costs to a minimum.
The existing concrete floor was initially sealed using the primer supplied in the heating mat kit. The Tile Backer Boards were then adhered to the floor using the Ultra Rapid Set tile adhesive before being primed themselves. The heating mat was then simply rolled out on top of the backer boards and fixed in place using the tape supplied as part of the kit. John was able to lay his tiles directly over the top of the heating mats.
The entire heating mat installation took 2 days, allowing for the drying time of the primer and the Ultra Rapid Set tile adhesive.