Underfloor heating ensures your tiles floor is warm to your feet,especially useful for coming out of showers and baths.Porcelain tiles are very cold to the touch so underfloor heating is ideal for all tiles but especially porcelain.
The system works by means a of a heating element protected by a plastic coating ,essentially it looks like a cable.It is controlled by a thermostat.The manufacturers instructions should be followed explicitly.
The element cable is laid out evenly and taped to the floor or unsuating board.
As there are electrical connections it is recommended to get a fully qualified electrician to carry out any electrical work for your safety.Underfloor heating is fully earthed.
We will go into detail regarding every aspect of laying underfloor heating including the use of insulating boards who ensure afaster warm up when the system is on.
Right now we’ll cover the tools required
electrical multimeter to ensure the element is undamaged when fitted.
There are 3 different types of underfloor heating
FOIL BASED(for laminate flooring)
The names basically describe how the system works.
The matted style is a matt(mesh) with the heating cable pre installed,this may be easier for diy fitting.
Loose wiring as it’s name suggests is a loose wire system whereby you tape the wiring into position.
The foil based system is not applicable to tiles,it is for laminate use only,inc tile effect laminate.
Next we’ll discuss the use of insulating boards prior to installion of your underfloor heating and tiles.