Important Steps In Water Underfloor Heating Installation

by | Jul 7, 2022 | HVAC

Water underfloor heating installation design cost

Water underfloor heating installation is questioned everywhere. Among all the questions, the most frequent is the cost. The financial issue has been a problem for all life aspects. That is because all the things we use in this world need money as the medium of exchange. However, we will not talk price here. We will just compare the installation price.

The rumor says that water underfloor heating is more expensive than the other ones. That is true. But the expert and actual users have calculated the whole cost, including the running cost, and get an amazing result. This system is economical because the energy is saved perfectly.

Moreover, about the installation, let’s reveal the step that you have to take.

1. Design

All home buildings and renovation need this step as preparation. First, measure the width of the area. Then the plan will be drawn on the computer as the guide in doing this project. It is also important to know the height of the room. This project core is installing devices underneath, so make sure that after the installation, the room’s height will still be proportional.

If the height of the room is too low, there are options that you can choose.

The first is installing it on the ceiling, and the second is installing the system on the wall. Although the title of the system is water underfloor heating installation, it doesn’t mean that this can only be installed under the ground. To be underlined, the holes needed are 2 (for the flow and the return).

For the early step of the preparation, clear the floor (or the ceiling) from any dirt. Free it from any kind of dent. Don’t let something sharp is left behind. Juts are also not allowed because they can disturb the placement of the pipe.

2. Insulation

This is an important part. This will decide the radiant and the heat quality. There are different insulation ways for timber and solid floor. But to be noticed, this has to be correctly installed.

3. Place the manifold

The installation of underfloor heating manifold has to be in a place where it can be accessed easily. Later, if there is a problem with the device, the fixing process can be done without destroying any floor. The requirement of the spot is level. The level position will make the water flows easily. For the recent discovery, the safest spot is the corner.

water underfloor heating manifold pipes installation

4. Pipes placement

This step requires two important things they are the certainty of the pipes gluing and the pipes pattern. The first one is to make sure that later the pipe’s position will not be shifted.

The second (pattern) is to help the heat distribution run smoothly. The evidence in the field has already proven that the pattern of the pipe plays a prominent role in heating duration. Follow the pattern correctly. The pipe is one long pipe. There is no joint to avoid leakage. The pattern is made to be good for radiating the heat and also for pipe preservation.

5. Extra protection

To make the water underfloor heating installation more perfect, coat the board with isolation tape, especially the joint area. It is to minimize heat reduction caused by hollow spots. It also encourages the system to heat the right object upward.

6. Coating with membrane

This is just for you who use liquid screed, so it will be isolated. The membrane is made of a material named polythene. If you use a traditional mixed screed, this step can be skipped. After the coating step is done, it still has to be expanded with foam. This will make the screed can do movement when the heating process is running. PVC apron will coat the expansion foam, and again for further safety, it will be coated with the tape for the final isolation.

Those are the steps that you have to do for water underfloor heating installation. The silver lining of all the tips is you have to give double protection in case there is a leak. It is important because the system uses water as the core and the heat source. Remember to follow the steps carefully to have a good and long last system.