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  1. Dan Ryan

    Dan Ryan Active Member

    Location:
    Bucks
    I've had two quotes for tiling a kitchen and hallway. The kitchen is to have underfloor heating, just enough heat to warm the tiles as have radiator in the kitchen already. One tiler said single wire would be fine for my circumstances, the other said the matt system would be best. The area is approx 2m sq.Which would you install and what are the snags with either of them?Also do I need to have a switched spur connected to the underfloor heating system. The tiler is proposing the single wire system has said 150W is enough, could I get away with 100W system as this is just to warm the tiles? Tile on top are to be 0.9cm thick porcelain. The property is a new build, do I need insulation boards under the wire, can you get a liquid screed that works as insulation in place of insulation board? Tiler has also mentioned that tile insulation boards I could probably get away with, as won't have much heat loss downwards from the wire and also that it means I wont need to worry about insulation boards costs and getting all the hallway to match the kitchen level.
     
  2. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    With ufh you need insulation boards otherwise you will loose a high % of heat through the substrate.
    Difference with mat and loose lay is that if you have a lot of obstacles it’s easier to lay loose wire around these.
     
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  3. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    If it’s Warmup you are thinking of using I would recommend using the 4ie stat.
    You can set the temperature of the floor as opposed to the air temp.
    This way you could set it to 16 or so degrees, enough to take the chill out of the tiles but not so it’s trying to heat the room.

    As said above to get the best from it you will need to use insulated backer board and you will need a switched fused spur.
     
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  4. Dan Ryan

    Dan Ryan Active Member

    Location:
    Bucks
    Thanks for your responses. I have a feeling I'll have to go the insulation route, could be that doors will need to be planed etc! How about fast heat - thermal floor primer, is it any good at providing insulation to prevent heat loss downwards from the wire?Am I correct in thinking the layers would be primer, adhesive, insulation board (6mm), wire, adhesive and then tile?If I went for 6mm insulation board could you let me know if the above levels make up is correct and what the typical depths would be for them?I'm trying to work out how high the finished floor will likley be. Also is the wire usually less deep than the pre-made matt system?
     
  5. Perfect Tiling

    Perfect Tiling Active Member

    Location:
    Elgin. NE Scotland
    If its a timber floor you should use 10mm insulation boards...6mm for a cement floor....staggered layout...glued and screwed with washers. Make sure its the correct boards that have the fibre rienforcement on both sides and mesh tape the joints with an alkali resistant tape.....I had a customer who got boards off the internet cheaply and they were just insulation.....no fibre so no use.
    The difference in thickness between mat or loose wire is hardly noticeable.
     
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  6. Dan Ryan

    Dan Ryan Active Member

    Location:
    Bucks
    Perfect tiling when you say glued and screwed is that just for a timber floor?For the cememt floor I thought it was adhesive that went down?Do you think 100W is enough to just warm the tiles up rather than 150W?I already have heating that is sufficient in the room where the underfloor heating will go.
     
  7. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    for the small extra cost why not go for 150W ?
     
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  8. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Agreed it won't use anymore electric it will just get to heat quicker as the spacing is closer .
    Like 3kw kettle compared to a 1.5kw kettle . Yes it uses more juice but for only half the time
     
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  9. CJ

    CJ Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Somerset
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  10. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

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  11. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I nearly always just go for 200w because, well why not ?
     
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  12. Uheat - Jake

    Uheat - Jake Tilers Forums Official Sponsor TF Official Sponsor

    Thanks @pdc@pdc

    Your best option in such a small area is to take a 160w/m2 or 200w/m2 as the cost difference between mats at the small sizes is so marginal its cost effective to future proof incase you want to remove the rad in the future.
    I'd also recommend either a 6 or 10mm Backerboard down first as well to help reflect the heat and stop any heat escaping downwards.

    And finally, give us a shout for a quotation. Forum members receive extra discount.
     
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  13. Dan Ryan

    Dan Ryan Active Member

    Location:
    Bucks
    Thanks for all your replies on the heat mat, you're right it just gets up to heat quicker. How about the fixing - glued and screwed is that just for timber or for cement as well?Reason being if its cement I might be able to save depth with less adhesive below insulation.
     
  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Glued only.
     
  15. Dan Ryan

    Dan Ryan Active Member

    Location:
    Bucks
    Even more confused now. :) So the insulation boards should be just glued down and not screwed?I thought originally they were meant to be laid on a bed of adhesive.What I am a bit concerned about is that say the finished floor after its all installed is at 30mm I then have to match this with new carpet and underlay in a adjoining room.If I reduced the total height of the installation without reducing the quality of the work it's be great.
     
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