Lady & Gentleman tilers are pleased to announce that we had the privilege of featuring in Professional Builder magazine July/August 2015 Edition. Below is a mobile device friendly version of the article.
Roger Bisby visits a site to see Vario Pro underfloor heating being laid.
There are now a number of uncoupling systems and electric underfloor heating systems available but the two combined is a new innovation. I am told that Vario Pro from Therogroup UK have been at it for longer than most. Some other electric underfloor heating requires adhesive tape or staples to hold it down, and is time consuming to lay, but the uncoupling membrane holds the electric cable so securely that you can simply spread the adhesive or levelling compound straight on the top without fear of it floating up.
Father and daughter team Simon and Katrina Jeffery have been laying Vario Pro for a while now and have never had any problems with it. They stick the membrane down with flexible adhesive and let it set before continuing with the heating element and the floor tiles. This installation process is far quicker and easier than the alternative traditional process, saving time, money and height build-up.
The uncoupling is a good idea regardless of whether or not you are incorporating the heating because it neutralises stress on the tiles, which can cause defamation and cracking when you have a large area or different substrates. This house had both. The different substrates were certainly present with parquet flooring, new screed and old screed and the length of the tiles runs exceeded 23 metres across three rooms. To make things even more interesting the levels were all over the place and some of the floor had warm water underfloor heating.
No matter – Simon and Katrina love a challenge and were clearly undaunted by the size or nature of the job. The whole ground floor was covered with the membrane to make sure they had a uniform substrate but it was only the hall and kitchen dining area that required the electric heating element to take the chill off the tiles. If a building has high levels of insulation and draughtproofing, electric underfloor heating can provide enough heat for full heating but in this instance this house had radiators already fitted, as well as the different areas of warm water underfloor heating. That said, the rapid warm up of the electric system is perfect for a busy household just looking for and hour’s use of the kitchen diner in the mornings.
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