A Guide to “In-the-Floor” Screeded Underfloor Heating Systems

Predominately installed in new build or renovation where a floor requires excavation – Polypipe Underfloor Heating offers three systems for solid or screeded floors: the unique Polypipe Red Floor Panel system which ensures accurate installation and positioning, and also the more traditional rail and staple systems.

Red Floor Panel

The Polypipe Red Floor Panel system offers optimum performance alongside quick and simple installation for solid/screeded floors.

This is the optimum performance system for Solid/Screeded floor applications.

The unique, lightweight floor panels are quick and easy to cut to size and lay. The Red Floor Panels then aid in system performance by acting as a guide for laying the ultraflexible pipe in the required spacings/intervals, and best practice spiral configuration. They also lift the pipe slightly off the insulation panels laid beneath, allowing the pipes to be fully enveloped by the screed. This in turn facilitates better heat penetration and retention of the floor slab once the system is up and running.

The Red Floor Panels also offer a degree of protection for the pipes after installation, allowing other workmen access to continue working on site until the screed is poured, with a reduced risk of knocking the pipe out of position.

Features & Benefits of using the Red Floor Panel Screed Underfloor Heating system:

  • Simpler, more accurate installation
  • Precise pipe positioning
  • Ensures minimum pipe bending radius is achieved
  • Panels are quick and easy to cut to size
  • Can be used in any size or shape room
  • Facilitates spiral configurations and 100 mm pipe centres
  • Approximately 15% less screed required

Below are some Red Floor Panel installations we have been tagged in. Click through to visit the original installers Instagram account.

Staple

Polypipe also offers a Staple system that fits directly onto the insulation layer that is laid before a screed or concrete floor is installed. This is a more traditional method of installing underfloor floor heating into a solid/screeded floor.

Staple systems offer a cost effective solution for screeded floors, simply use the staple gun to fix the pipe directly to the insulation boards.

Features & Benefits of using the Staple Screeded Underfloor Heating system:

  • Cost effective
  • Minimum fixing materials needed

Below are some Staple installations we have been tagged in.

Clip Rail

Polypipe also offers a Clip Rail system that fits directly onto the insulation layer that is laid before a screed or concrete floor is installed. This is a more traditional method of installing underfloor heating into a solid/screeded floor.

Features & Benefits of using the Staple Screeded Underfloor Heating system:

  • Provides a guide for pipe spacing
  • Can be fixed directly to insulation

Our clip-rail system was once featured in a Grand Designs Project on Channel 4. You can see a screenshot from the episode below:

You can find out more about our In-Floor systems in pages 43-53 of our Plumbing and Heating Installation Guide shown below or by visiting our Underfloor heating website www.polypipeufh.com.

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