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Underfloor heating products are widely available from suppliers both big and small, but what s Cellecta’s Technical Director Ben Banks offers some tips on specifying the most


KNOW WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU Within the construction industry, there are a plethora of regulations to follow – underfloor heating is no exception. Ensure you know what is expected of you and what you are governed by in terms of Building Regulations, local building control and your warranty provider.


DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK


QUESTIONS There are a multitude of underfloor heating products available on the market today, and this can be confusing. Don’t take at face value what you see on websites, in brochures or trade magazines. Ask questions and seek advice from the manufacturer based specifically on what you are trying to achieve. Are you working on a refurbishment or new-build? Are you working with renewables? What sort of heat output and responsiveness of the system are you looking for?


Every build has to be taken on its own merits to achieve the best results. From floor finishes, to low profile systems. Don’t be afraid to ask for technical support.


ENSURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT


PRODUCT FOR THE JOB Various products within the underfloor heating industry go through multiple test environments to ensure the most accurate solutions are provided and in accordance with regulations and ensure the end user is getting the best system for their requirements. Ask a company’s technical team for test reports and certificates against other suggested products. It’s easy to be misled and continue to follow traditional methods or practices, but it’s worth checking for alternatives which may enhance the overall performance and in turn increase expectations for the project.


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WATCH OUT FOR HIDDEN COSTS Headline costs may seem either cheap or costly in comparison to another product or system, but do you know exactly what you are getting? Have you considered that there may be a knock-on effect to the rest of your build? Have you saved a small amount of money but compromised on such things as long term stability, efficiency or performance. The UFH solution should be designed to meet the heating requirements of the dwelling, providing a comfortable living environment whilst keeping running costs low and reducing the carbon footprint.


LOOK OUT FOR THE ADDED-VALUE


SERVICES Ask if a member of the technical team could visit your plot to discuss options available. For example, you may be nearing the end of your project and have restrictions on the depths of the floor and ceiling – in this case a site visit could determine an alternative solution quickly and simply, potentially meaning a noticeable saving. It is important to talk to the manufacturers who know their products inside out and can provide solid, appropriate advice on what needs to be implemented on the project.


TIME IS MONEY Modern products and methods of construction are usually introduced to make life easier for you on site, so why not use the latest products – especially when these can cut installation processes and consequently save you time and, more importantly, money. For example, replacing a traditional wet screed solution for a dry one will allow other construction trades to arrive on site at an earlier stage during the build programme.


HAS THIS BEEN DONE BEFORE? Suppliers and manufacturers should be open and honest


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