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Q. I have heard that underfloor heating takes a long time to heat up and cool down, is this true?
A. A good system with the correct intelligent controls will allow you to pre-programme heat up times to switch on beforehand, so that the property is at the required temperature. Intelligent controls use past history, to build a pattern of your heating requirements, this also applies to cooling down periods.
Q. Can I use Solar or a wood burner with underfloor heating?
A. Yes this is possible and will ensure the property runs effectively and is environmentally efficient.
Q. Can I have underfloor heating if my floors are in place but I want to do a refurbishment of my property?
A. Yes of course you can, we have systems that compliment your refurbishment our designers are experts in ensuring that you have the correct system for your property. You can even add to the system at a later date, by designing the correct system at the start, will save you money in the long term and fit in with your refurbishment budget over time.
Q. Can I fit underfloor heating myself? I have heard its really easy and have watched a couple of videos.
A. Underfloor heating is a specialist job and our experienced technical engineers know exactly how to install your pipework at the correct centres for your heat source. Together with the correct manifold locations and balancing and pressure testing of your system prior to screed is extremely important. Costs that are cut in the preparation and installation of underfloor heating will be costly in the future, you only put your floors in once and you wouldn’t want to have to dig them back up.
Q. I have a joisted timber floor can I have underfloor heating?
A. There are forms of underfloor heating to fit every type of floor construction (screeds, fully floating timber floors, battened and joisted floors), as well as floor constructions that incorporate acoustic components.
Q. What depths are recommended?
A. Fully Bonded 25mm, contact with substrate/unbounded 30mm, over insulation/acoustic matting 35mm domestic and 40mm commercial. Over UFH 30mm covering over top of the pipes.
Q. Are joints necessary?
A. Up to 400sqm can be laid without an expansion joint, though it is advisable to have a bay joint with compressible material in weak spots such as doorways.
Q. How long before I can walk on the floor?
A. The screed can be walked on 24 to 48 hrs after the installation dependant on site conditions.
Q. How long before I can tile?
A. Under like for like conditions easyflow screed dries at the same rate as traditional sand and cement screed approx. 1mm/day up to 40mm of thickness. This increases for screeds thicker than 40mm and in poor drying conditions. When the screed is dry the you can tile, but it is important to have all the moisture out of the screed as the tiles will not bond with the adhesive.
Q. Is it true that I have to prime the screed?
A. Yes, if any adhesive is used for your selected choice of flooring, it is recommended to use an epoxy primer to create a barrier between any cement based adhesive and the gypsum based screed. Before this is applied it is vital that the floor is lightly sanded or scraped to key in the primer.