Understanding the basics of underfloor heating isn’t always easy due to the numerous factors that need to be considered for each individual project. Tile and stone protection experts Schlüter-Systems offer a variety of solutions and have put together a brief overview to help in selecting the most suitable option for each individual specification.

ELECTRIC SYSTEMS This option suits the heating of a room or specific area of a house and works by raising the temperature of the surface. The main advantages that electric systems offer are:

Suitability for Retrofit

Installation of an electric system is relatively simple and can be performed alongside a routine flooring renovation. Hydronic systems that can be retrofitted and are suitable for tile are a lot more difficult to find and the process of installation is more complex.

Zonal Heating Provision

Where electric systems really come into their own is in the provision of concentrated zonal heating. They are a great choice for infusing additional luxury into particular areas of a project and enhancing the routines of building occupants.

Heat on Demand

Electric systems are extremely responsive, taking a short amount of time to heat up due to their proximity to the surface. The exact amount of time taken will vary slightly – dependent on watts per m2

Specifying with Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-DUO

Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-DUO is a unique all-in-one solution for waterproofing and heating floors, as well as ensuring a crack-free finish. The system features a studded uncoupling membrane into which heating cables are clipped and securely held in place, ensuring an even and consistent heating experience. An uncoupling membrane already integrated into the system reduces height build-up and installation time in comparison to mesh-based systems, which require an uncoupling membrane to be installed as an additional layer in the flooring assembly.

HYDRONIC SYSTEMS This system will heat the air within a room as well as the surface covering. This means that it can be a sufficient replacement for radiators as the primary heat source, connecting directly to the boiler. The main advantages of a hydronic system are:

Cheap to run, therefore more suitable for larger areas Although hydronic systems are more costly initially, they are


tile thickness and insulation or the incorporation of a thermal break – but they can essentially provide heat on demand.

cheaper to run in the long-term. Therefore, they are ideal for large-scale coverage and you will often see them used across the entirety of a ground floor.

Designed as a primary heat source

Hydronic systems are designed to heat the air within the room as well as the surface covering. They can therefore replace radiators, connecting directly to a boiler.

Can be run using eco-friendly fuel sources

As well as being connected to an existing boiler, hydronic systems can be powered by numerous different renewable energy sources, including ground source heat pumps.

Specify with Schlüter-BEKOTEC-THERM

Schlüter-BEKOTEC-THERM is the patented hydronic underfloor heating solution with an ultra-low construction height. A screed height of just 8mm above the studs of the panels is all that is required, which results in quicker warm-up times as well as considerable material and weight savings in comparison to other wet systems.

Both hydronic systems and electric systems have their benefits and will create the ideal solution for homeowners looking to add a bit of indulgence to their homes.

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