Existing/Floating Floor Construction
An existing or floating floor construction system has been uniquely developed to meet the increasing demand for clients requiring wet underfloor heating as a retro fit solution to an existing floor area.
This type of system is designed for use in applications where a solid floor installation is deemed not suitable due to structural weight limitations or where a ‘dry build’ floor option is required.
Can be used in new build or existing properties, the floating floor panels can be installed directly on top of both solid and timber floors.
The extruded polystyrene panels are foil coated and have a low thermal mass and consequently have a swift response time to changes in temperature.
The grooves in the insulation securely retain the underfloor heating pipe-work in the correct position eliminating the need for supplementary fixings.
However, care should be taken when installing floating floor panels on top of a primary insulation layer to ensure that excessive deflection does not occur in final floor construction. It is therefore recommended that any other insulation materials used below the floating floor panels are of a high density construction (100kN/m2 at 10% compression min).
Main advantages of a floating floor system:
• No need for screed, only raises floor by 25mm, no waiting for screed to dry, greatly reduced fitting costs
• Available with pipe spacing at 200mm and 150mm if greater heat output is required
• Lightweight & easy to cut
• Lay directly on existing floor
• Panels include radius return for complete and easy install