Construction by Hand Overton Builder – Kitchen Extension.

Kitchen Extension – Overton Builder

The pipework for the heated flooring is now covered over and the kitchen extension is now complete. We are really pleased with the final design and finish of this project. Now the family have a new kitchen and dining area, which will now leads on nicely to the garden.

We are mid-way through this house extension in Overton. The main shell of the build is up and are now working on putting down the flooring. We currently have our heating installation team to lay down the underfloor heating system. This has become increasingly popular as underfloor heating systems have become much more durable and reliable.

A water underfloor heating system can sit beneath stone, tile, wooden or even carpeted surfaces. It offers a heating alternative to radiators in bathrooms, kitchens, an entire house – or simply a means to warm up a cold floor on an early morning in winter. Doing away with radiators can help to keep a clutter free look and maximise the flexibility of a room. You no longer have to keep furniture away from the radiator.

Water underfloor heating explained

With a water-based underfloor heating system, a series of pipes connected to your boiler circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space.

Because the heat emitted from an underfloor system is more evenly distributed than a single radiator, the system can use water at a lower temperature. This makes it a more efficient way of heating your home. According to Standard Assessment Procedure 2009 (SAP), an underfloor system typically improves condensing boiler efficiency by 3% compared to radiators.

Underfloor heating is generally associated with stone or tiled floors, but you can even fit it in a carpeted room. You will need to ensure that the carpet and underlay isn’t so dense that it stops the heat moving upwards (a tog of no more than 1.5 is a general rule of thumb).

How water underfloor heating works

Water-fed systems are best suited to new floor constructions, where the floor itself can be designed to hold the pipework, and be adequately insulated to ensure the heating doesn’t escape downwards.

Water underfloor heating costs

Although initial installation costs can be higher, The Energy Saving Trust (EST) says water underfloor heating is typically more energy efficient than radiators and therefore less expensive to run, although the savings figure will depend on how energy efficient your home is.