At Buildworld, we stock top quality underfloor heating systems from leading brands such as Polypipe and Warmup, bringing you the best in heating solutions for both residential and commercial projects. You can choose from water-based or electric underfloor heating systems to match your specific requirements.
The underfloor heating systems segment is dominated by Electrical and Hydronic underfloor heating systems. Hydronic is water-based and has two different installation driven models: wet and dry. The difference in the installation is merely in the laying of the pipes. Wet arrangements have the pipes running through the screed whereas dry arrangement of pipes is housed in the floorboards. Conventional practice within the industry finds the dry version of hydronic along with electrical heating relevant in renovation projects while wet hydronic heating is considered ideal for fresh constructions.
Ideal for single rooms, compatible with the pre-existing subfloor and delivering optimal performance without relying on the central heating system— Electric Underfloor Heating systems are equipped with an immediate response design to provide heating in very little time. With negligible meddling in the arrangement of the room— its layout scheme employs a series of electric wires or electric heating sheets installed below or inside the flooring. These are normally used on top of a layer of screed and a layer of floor insulation to prevent heat loss into the floor.
Running cost comparison between electric and hydronic systems clearly highlight the biggest limitation associated with electric underfloor heating: electric heating is more expensive than hydronic systems especially while heating an entire floor, which limits its usage to single rooms covering the lesser area. The danger of damaging floor coverings caused by overheating is another limitation of the electrical option which warrants extra vigil to regulate the heating output controls.
Water underfloor heating systems have installation compatibility with the most flooring material, be it stone, tile, or wood. The installation procedure is both complex and expensive, to begin with, and the installation expenditure tends to further increase with the growing distance between the location of the room(floor) and the heating system.
However, it comes with many benefits. Underfloor heating can easily replace radiators inside homes or be used underneath the flooring to keep it warm in winter.
Water underfloor heating system is made up of pipes connected to a boiler that circulates warm water below the floor that causes the room to heat up. The underfloor water pipes can also be paired with heat pumps run by air, thermal, and solar power. The wet-hydronic model is more energy-efficient than radiators and cheaper to run. Water-based heating is far more energy-efficient than a heat pump, gas boiler, and radiators managing to cover a larger area than radiators with heat distributed more evenly at a lower temperature.