Frequently Asked Questions About Underfloor

One of the most common uses for flow screed is in the precise fitting of underfloor heating solutions, which allows for the most efficient use of a very efficient heating system.

Unlike radiators, which need to be set to a higher temperature to heat a room and do not distribute heat evenly, an effectively placed underfloor heating system can run at a much lower temperature but still provide the same warming effect, allowing for more efficient energy usage.

However, there are still many commonly asked questions about the different kinds of underfloor systems available, so with that in mind, here are some answers to common questions.

Can I Install Underfloor Heating Myself?

In theory, you absolutely can, but in practice, the answer depends on your confidence in working with electrical or water systems.

Electric underfloor heating systems tend to take the form of a cable mat or a carbon film which also come with step by step instructions for placement and are simple enough for people who are experienced in DIY to lay, although a qualified electrician should make the final connection.

Water-based systems are far more complicated to install, however, and given what can go wrong with working on water systems, most people should use a professional to help them with this.

In any case, a professional can also look at the type of floor you have and assess what you would need to ensure that your system is best suited for your needs.

What Is The Best Type Of Flooring To Use With Underfloor Heating?

Natural stone is the ideal flooring solution, as the stones will naturally conduct heat, meaning the floor will warm up quicker and keep that warmth longer, as well as providing the greatest contrast between temperatures.

However, if natural stone is outside of your budget, then laminate, vinyl and tiled floors will also work very well. Most surfaces will work with underfloor heating but the system may need to be adjusted to take their particular properties into account.

How Long Will The Floor Take To Warm Up?

This will depend largely on the subfloor, insulation, screed and type of flooring surface, but an efficient system will take between 25 minutes and an hour, although uninsulated concrete can take several hours to heat up.