Underfloor Heating FAQS

Here are some of the most common questions we get asked, click on each banner to view the answer.

A: No two projects are the same, there are too many factors to give an exact amount, what we will do is offer the best price and service we can and be as competitive as possible. If you would like a price on a project please fill out our online form or send an email to info@ufhs.co.uk.

A: We suggest leaving the system ticking over during the day and using the set-back feature on the thermostats overnight to keep the heat in the floor and to not allow the slab to go completely cold. For example, if your day time temperature is 21oC, we suggest allowing the system to cool down to 17oC, then in the morning the heating system hasn't got to do a lot of work to come back up to 21oC.

A: The pipework is tested from factory and is very uncommon that it's compromised. Most leaks are caused by human error and water testing during the colder weather, you can repair the pipes once the leak has been located.

A: We cover majority of the UK, most of our work is in the midlands.

A: Again this is entirely dependent on the type of screed used. Consult your screeder or manufacturer for details.

A: It all depends on the type of screed, but some systems can be turned on as soon as 2 days after installation, others can be 7 days or even longer. Always check with manufacturer for guidance.

A: By selecting a typical liquid screed the minimum depth is 50mm, you can also get specialist liquid screeds that go as low as 40mm in certain circumstances. A traditional Sand and Cement screed is a minimum of 65-75mm.

A: Whether you are using sand and cement or flowing screeds, we recommend a vapour barrier over your insulation before your underfloor heating is installed. This should be cut square with your walls, overlapped and joints taped. Perimeter insulation must be installed to allow the slab to expand, the skirt is then taped to the vapour barrier.

A: The cost will depend on your project and the ease of installation. Most projects can be completed in one day and others take weeks such as large commercial installations. We look at each job on its own merits and listen to your needs, we can design a system that suits your property, we do not install systems that are not suitable for you or your property.

A: Yes, the use of floor insulation plays a critical part in your underfloor heating working as efficient as possible. The more insulation you install in your property including walls will mean less energy needed to replace the heat loss which means cheaper bills.

A: Engineered woods no more than 22mm, Stone and Ceramic tiles have a good thermal transfer. Carpet and underlays need to have a combined tog value of 2.5T or less, we recommend specialist underlays when choosing carpet.

A: You can almost any type of floor covering over underfloor heating, this includes but not limited to: Amtico, Karndean, Marmoleum, Laminate, Engineered Wood, Carpet, Tiles and Stone.

A: Water underfloor heating systems are typically 20% cheaper to run than a traditional radiator system powered by a gas boiler.

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