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Electric Underfloor Heating Systems For Wooden Floors

Underfloor heating can be used to simply warm your floor or act as a primary heat source, replacing your radiators. It comes in 2 main forms, electric systems and water systems. Electrical systems use electrical cables to generate heat, whereas water systems use of a length of pipe set in the floor, a heat source and a pump to pump the water through the pipes to heat your floor.

There are 4 different types of suitable system for wooden floors

  • Foil heating mat systems
  • Heating Mats (100w, 150w)
  • In-screed Systems
  • Loose Cable Systems

Before choosing a system you must ensure that the subfloor is suitable, these would normally be either solid screed and concrete floors or joisted wooden floors with 18mm WBP plywood covering.

There are a few different options of heating system for wooden floor coverings depending on the installation method of fixing the floor, it is important to always check the suitability of the wooden floor and the installation method with the manufacturer first.

Foil Heating Mats

Foil Heating Mats

This is the most popular system for most wooden floors! Our advanced aluminium heating mats are designed to be installed under laminate, engineered and most floating solid wood floors (always check with the floor manufacturer first) they can NOT be used under glued down or nailed down floors.

  • Under wood heating mats are suitable for any room, including bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories, extensions, etc.
  • Please note: these mats MUST be installed directly on top of either XPS or ProFoam™ insulation boards, must not be installed on top of the tile backer boards.

Our underwood heating mats, also known as under laminate heating, are produced as pre-assembled installation mats, with sizes of 1m2 to 12m2 and incredibly thin at 2mm.

The underwood heating mats are 500mm wide and are fully earth screened utilising an aluminium foil covering, this means they can be installed in wet areas such as bathrooms & kitchens, in full compliance with electrical & building regulations, they have a power output of 140w per square meter. Must be installed as per instructions to ensure maintenance of the earth continuity.

It's best to slightly under order by 10% as the cable CAN NOT be cut at any point.

150w 2mm Heating Mats

150w 2mm Heating Mats

Our ProWarm™ 2mm mat system is our most used system, the system use's exactly the same cable as the loose system except the cable spacing has already been done for you in our factory, therefore all you need to do is roll the mat out all over the floor until it's used up, the cable can be removed from the mat to shape into any awkward spaces.

This system is ideal for kitchens, lounges, dining rooms and most other areas. This comes in 3 different power outputs, 100w-150w.

  • 150w - Please contact us for advice if you are considering this installation method with a wooden floor as the installation process is more complex.
  • 150w - These heating mats must be covered with a suitable levelling compound before installing the wooden floor (please contact us for advice if you are considering using this heating system).

PLEASE NOTE: wooden floors CAN NOT be installed directly onto these heating mats.

Please contact us for advice if you are considering this installation method with a wooden floor as the installation process is more complex.

It's best to slightly under order by 10% as the cable CAN NOT be cut at any point.

150w 2mm Loose Heating Cables

150w 2mm Loose Heating Cables

Our ProWarm™ 2mm Loose Cables are good for installations into small bathrooms or small kitchen area's with awkward fixed objects to work around such as curved shower trays, toilets, kitchen units. We recommend a maximum power of 150watt when using underwood.

The cable comes as one long continues roll of heating wire on a drum and you have to space the cable out evenly over the floor, this offers the installer freedom to space the cable evenly no matter how awkward the room shape, the actual cable is rated at 10 watts per linear meter, the spacing of the cables determines the heat output ie.

  • 5cm spacing between cable loops = 200w/m2
  • 6cm spacing between cable loops = 165w/m2
  • 6.5cm spacing between cable loops = 150w/m2
  • 7.5cm spacing between cable loop = 130w/m2

The loose cable must be covered with a suitable levelling compound (please refer to manufactures guidelines for correct type). A minimum depth of 8mm above the cable is recommended and always use a suitable heat resistant adhesive if sticking the wooden floor to the self leveller.

PLEASE NOTE:The self leveller must be completely dry before fixing the wooden floor.

It's best to slightly under order by 10% as the cable CAN NOT be cut at any point.

Inscreed Heating

Inscreed Heating

In screed cables are designed to be fixed to re-bar which has been laid into foil faced insulation (kingspan/celotex) and directly under a minimum 60mm screed, these cables are only normally used in a new extension or conservatory project.

  • In screed heating cables are designed to be installed directly onto foil faced insulation (kingspan/celotex) and directly under a minimum 60mm screed, these cables are only normally used in a new extension or conservatory project.
  • The cable is spaced out according to the desired wattage, normally a minimum of 200w.
  • Once the screed has fully dried out, your suitable wooden floor can be stuck down in accordance with manufacturers guidelines.
  • Please note wooden floors MUST NOT be installed directly onto these cables - they must be covered with a 50mm screed first.

PLEASE NOTE:Contact us for advice if you are considering this installation method with a wooden floor as the installation process is more complex.

It's best to slightly under order by 10% as the cable CAN NOT be cut at any point.

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