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Installation of underfloor heating mat

Layout for underfloor heating mesh mat

Installation of underfloor heating mat.8 simple steps. This is a very simple process, and with our guidance, you will find that anyone can do their own underfloor heating installation! Let’s take a walk through the process…

Supplies, supplies, supplies! What you need before we begin:

You will need a few basic supplies before you start your installation of an underfloor heating mat. You will need your heating mat from JC Heat2Tile. Your thermostat. A piece of trunking if you are placing your thermostat on the wall’s exterior surface. Some double-sided tape. *If you do not wish to drill for mounting the thermostat* Some normal tape. A measuring tape and a pair of GOOD scissors (your kiddie’s safety scissors probably won’t work for this). Although it is not necessary, feel free to recruit some minions for extra assistance at this stage!

Installation of underfloor heating mat
Installation of underfloor heating mat

Installation of underfloor heating mat

As I mentioned to you in the video, you will need to do a little bit of math! The Installation of underfloor heating mat will need to have a starting point, then make a zig-zag across your floor area and then come back up and across to return back to your starting point. As stipulated in the video, take a bit of time doing this initial math, as when you come to laying the mat, having little markings on your floor surface will help you a lot! Let’s start our Installation of underfloor heating mat …

Moving on:

Now that you have given your brain a workout and figured out how you will cut and lay your mat, take your marking pen. Measure out these guideline measurements and make little markings on your floor to guide you as you go along. I strongly advise that you do not miss this step. Believe me, when you are in the Installation of underfloor heating mat and suddenly have to start trying to measure out your cuts, my voice will be ringing in your head saying “I told you so!”

Very VERY important:

Now that you have done all your math, and markings had a cup of coffee and decided to start, stand at your starting point and ensure that your heating elements will be facing down onto the floor when you roll out your mat. Let’s carry on with this Installation of underfloor heating mat.

Start rolling, rolling, rolling:

Roll out your starting point until you get to your first marking. Now, take your scissors and cut along the mat to the bottom. MAKE SURE that you do not cut the element during this process!!! Now turn your mat and start rolling back again! Carry on rolling up and down until you get to your marking that stipulates that you must go up again towards your starting point. Roll up to your marking, and then back to your starting point again. In essence, you should have now formed a square of heating with both the beginning and end of the mat now at your thermostat point.

As you will see in the video, you must now ensure that your cold leads from the heater do not cross over each other when you stick the edges down. You should now be gazing upon a pretty little square of heating and patting yourself on the back for your achievement!

To screed or not to screed, that is the question:

Now, this is a decision you will have to make, based on a few things that I am going to point out to you. Firstly, what type of flooring will you be laying on?

If you are laying tiles, you will be using a tile adhesive and this is really not a necessary step. If you are using laminated wooden flooring, personally, I would say screed! Laminates are floating floors and you would want your heating to be one with a concrete base. (This is my opinion and not an absolute instruction!)

Should you be laying vinyl flooring, then you must screed! The reason I say this is that vinyl floors “mould” to the floor surface. After time you could end up actually seeing the heating on the vinyl surface. In my humble opinion, it is worth spending the extra time to add a thin smooth layer of screed over the heating mat. This will make sure that your heating is protected and actually becomes “one” with the concrete base.

Now for the thermostat:

Now that you have done all the heavy labour, all you have to do is connect the thermostat. Either you will have trunking in the wall that goes to a box, (This will have direct lines from your DB board and should be done by a qualified electrician) or you will place a piece of trunking on your wall surface. You feed the cold leads of the heater through this. Now all you will need to do is connect your thermostat according to the instructions… Taaa daaaaa! You have now completed your Installation of underfloor heating mat

A final word or two:

Before you run off to gloat about your achievement to all your friends about Installation of underfloor heating mat, remember to watch the installation video. It goes through all these steps in a visual guide. Also, have a squizz at our video that explains all you need to know about setting up your digital thermostat.

YAY! You are now officially an underfloor heating D.I.Y pro! Congratulations on your installation! Don’t forget to pop over to our various social media pages. You can gloat about your success or simply ask us any other questions that you may have.

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Why is Under Floor Heating the best form of heating ?

Floor Heating
Floor Heating

Why is Under Floor Heating the best form of heating?

How effective are conventional heaters?

Conventional electric or gas heaters do not distribute heat evenly. These kinds of heaters create cold and hot spots in the room. From where your heater is positioned, heat would rise directly.

So, in essence, the heat would rise straight up from the source. This would result in heat accumulating on the roof, causing hot and cold spots. The heat would only be felt when you are close to the heater.

It’s similar to standing around a fire, you only feel the heat when you are close to the fire. These types of heaters also dry the air, so they are not suitable for allergies, asthma sufferers, and those who suffer headaches.

Why is Under Floor Heating the best form of heating ?

Why is Under Floor Heating the best form of heating ? because it is installed underneath the floor surface, covering 60% of the floor surface, resulting in the heat rising evenly.

Underfloor heating is a durable heating system that heats your home effectively and efficiently without requiring maintenance. A uniform heat rises resulting in the entire room heating up. Therefore will be no hot or cold spots.

Ensure that the rooms are well insulated to maintain efficient running costs. Installing a modern energy-saving thermostat also helps with consumption and managing your underfloor heating.

The heating system is laid directly beneath your floor surface so no exposed wires are making it the safest way to heat your home. The heating system is controlled via a thermostat ( analogue, digital or programmable, Wi-Fi), so you can choose the most comfortable temperature.

Underfloor heating can be installed under any floor surface. The most durable are tiles as it is a better conductor of heat. This heating system is suitable for carpets, laminate floors, engineered wood, marble, and tiles.

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How to install underfloor heating

Mesh Mats Underfloor Heating Guide.

How to install underfloor heating.

Installing underfloor heating yourself is a rather simple process. If you are the handyman type, following the steps listed below should be easy and fun to follow; so…how to install underfloor heating?

How to install underfloor heating
How to install underfloor heating

Easy steps to install

Step 1:Firstly  ensure the size mat you purchased is the correct size for your room.  Now you need to plan the layout of the mat. Start doing this by doing a sketch of the room with all measurements of the mat. Also, know where you would be positioning your thermostat, as this would be the starting and end point of the mat.
Step 2: Once step 1 is done, make sure the floor surface is clean and levelled. If there are any rough patches, level them out with a self-levelling screed.
Step 3: Now, from the point where you would place your thermostat, roll out the mat to the desired length, then cut the mesh to twist the mat to run parallel next to the rolled-out length, be careful not to cut the wire. You may cut away some mesh if you have excess, this could happen when installing in bathrooms. Continue in this fashion until the desired floor space is covered, ending back at your starting point.
Step 4: To hold the mat in place, use strong duct tape, a hot glue gun, or nails attached to the mesh, NOT the wire.
Step 5: If you are installing an external sensor (which would be used for bathrooms, cemcrete floors, wooden floors, and carpets), this should be perfectly positioned in the middle of the heating wires. If you position it closer to one cable than the other, the temperature would not be gauged properly.
Step 6: If you had purchased an alarm ( ideally you should ), connect the cold tails ( this is the wire at end of the mat which connects to the thermostat ), to the alarm to ensure the mat did not get damaged. If the alarm sounds, you have a problem.

Step 7:To lay your tiles or floor surface: There are 2 methods, it’s up to your own initiative.Method 1: You can lay tiles directly on top of the mat ensuring the tile adhesive goes through the mesh to make contact with the concrete floor.Method 2: Prepare a slurry mixture of self-levelling screed and bonding liquid. Spread this mixture over the mat and leave it to dry. This mixture will get rock-hard. You can now install the floor surface of your choice.

Step 8. Assuming the alarm hasn’t sounded, and the floor surface has been laid, you can now connect the thermostat to the heating system.
In our next blog, we will explain how to connect and position various models of thermostats.
Step 9. Let it dry for a few days before the first usage.
Remember that is very important that none cut or damage the wires, this should be the most important point to remember on how to install underfloor heating mesh mats. If the alarm went on or you suspect that there is a broken wire then stop the installation and find the spot where the wire is cut or damaged.
If you find the damaged part then will be easy to fix this wire with heat shrink and small ferrules. The connection should be waterproof.
If you are using the wire without the mesh, you should watch the following video link
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Q and A – Floor Heating

Underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating.

Q and A – Floor Heating J C Heat 2 Tile specializes in providing heating under any type of floor surface. Under tiles/porcelain, carpets, wood, screed, and any natural stone, slate, or marble in South Africa. We also supply D I Y under tiles heating units and floor heating thermostats.

The thermostats range from analogue to digital to programmable. Our underfloor heating system poses no harm or damage to any floor surface nor to your budget, health, or environment.

Q and A - Floor Heating
Q and A – Floor Heating

 Installing underfloor heating 

This is the BEST durable investment you can make/add to your property and lifestyle. Installation is no more than 1 – 2mm thick under your floors. Heat is distributed evenly throughout your room/s which is regulated by the sensory thermostat that you have preset for your comfort. The lifespan durability of the underfloor heating system lasts as long as your floors. 

Let’s start with Q and A – Floor Heating

When do I start? As soon as you start planning your new home or renovations in order to include it in your budget.

Is it possible to install the underfloor heating under any floor surface? Absolutely, our heaters can be installed under most floor covering including ceramics, porcelain, travertine, marble, slate, sandstone, screed floors, carpets, and laminated wooden floors.

How does the thermostat work? Once it has been switched on, the thermostat has a sensor that measures the difference in air temperature. Once you have set the thermostat to your desired comfort level, it will switch on and off automatically to maintain the preset room temperature.

Is it safe to install undertile heating in my bathroom? It is completely safe as the heaters are fully earthed as per regulation.

How long will the underfloor heating system last? Our heating system has lifespan durability when installed correctly.

How long will it take for the floor to heat up?   This depends on the thickness of the floor surface, but normally approximately 15 – 20 min for the floor to feel warm then 10 min more for the room to heat up.

Can the underfloor heating be fixed directly on top of the existing tiles? Yes, the floor must be completely free from dust, dirt, and grease. When installed on top of existing tiled floors this floor needs to be treated.

And finally more Q and A – Floor Heating

Can underfloor heating be used as the only heat source?  Absolutely, upon correct installation, the floor warms up causing heat to rise resulting in the entire room being warmed.

Is it advisable to do it myself and is it possible to fix it? It is preferable that you have it professionally installed as it also comes with a guarantee. And yes, we are able to find the exact point of fault to repair.

How much will the running cost of my underfloor heating be? Upon correct installation, it should operate for approximately 8hrs a day. Eg: room size – 22m2 requires a 2kw heater. The average price of kw/hr = 1 R. Equals: 2kw x 8hrs x 1 R= R 16 +/- .Of course, these calculations are all relative to certain conditions of your home, depending on the insulation and air current flow in your home.

Are the installations of the undertile heating system legal? All installations are according to legislation, ensuring the future sale of your home as it will be in compliance with your electrical certificate.

Let’s keep on with Q and A – Floor Heating Once all components are installed, it is essential to test the system to ensure that it is functioning correctly and that there are no electrical issues. This should be done by a certified electrician who can check the wiring and connections, and ensure that the system is properly grounded and protected against any potential power surges or electrical faults.

In conclusion, proper installation and connection of an underfloor heating system to the power supply are crucial for both safety and efficiency. By following the manufacturer’s instructions and having the system tested by a certified electrician, homeowners and builders can ensure a comfortable and energy-efficient heating solution that will last for years to come.