As part of our UFH systems, we supply complete manifolds. These can come in varying sizes and lengths. All manifolds supplied with our UFH kits come with all the fixtures and fittings required.
Our pipe in rail UFH systems are supplied with the rail shown below. These are held into the insulation by staples, pipe is then clipped into them. These rails make the installation process quicker and allow pipe runs to be straighter and more accurate.
We also use staples, similar to the ones shown below, in a number of our UFH systems and these will be supplied as part of your system. The staples are pushed over the pipe and into the insulation below to hold it down.
For our pipe in plate UFH systems, Thermsaver provide aluminium diffusion plates, as shown below. The plates are stapled on to the joists and the pipe slots into the grooves. The aluminium reflects the heat back up through the floor.
We supply two different width plates, 390mm and 590mm. These are used in joists with 400mm or 600mm centres respectively.
One of the main advantages of a plated system is that it will heat up faster when switched on, as it doesn’t need to warm a large area of screed.
We use two different types of pipe in our UFH systems, Standard Pex and Alupex (both shown below).
Standard Pex is used with screed UFH systems, whereas Alupex is only used in suspended floor construction and pipe in plate systems. Alupex has a built-in oxygen diffusion barrier which stops any oxygen from entering the pipe. This protects it against the corrosion of any metal pipe work.
There are a variety of fixtures and fittings used in our UFH systems. All will be supplied with the system, along with a set of self install instructions.
There are some specialised tools that will come in useful when installing a UFH system:
Decoiler – A pipe decoiler assists while fixing floor heating pipes to insulation, without this it is a two person job. The pipe coil is placed on the decoiler and as you pull the pipe, the decoiler spins with the coil allowing the pipe to unwind. This prevents the occurrence of twists or kinks in the pipe.
Staple Gun – If available, a staple gun can be used to fix the pipe onto the insulation. A row of staples should be placed into the gun and by pushing the handle when the gun is above the pipe, staples are then pushed into the insulation. These staple guns can be hired from Thermsaver if required.