Schlüter-Systems offers various underfloor heating solutions to suit all projects.
The two system technologies available on the market today have differing benefits and features, so Schlüter has put together a brief overview to help in selecting the best system for your project.
Electric systems are ideal for providing additional comfort in specific areas or rooms. They have been designed to raise the temperature of the surface rather than the room. They are generally cheap to install, quick to warm up and easy to retro-fit.
Schlüter –DITRA-HEAT-E is suitable for the heating and protection of tile and stone coverings. The uncoupling matting prevents cracks in the finished installation and eliminates the need for self-levelling, and its unique studded design means that the cable is easily pressed into place with no need for tape, glue or measurement.
Provision of the mat and cable as separate elements means that the heating system can be custom designed around the features of a room, ensuring the most efficient use of materials and saving on running costs.
DITRA-HEAT-E is available in kits or as individual components, for maximum flexibility, and can be used to heat both walls and floors. Dependent on your project requirements, the system can be specified with standard DITRA-HEAT or with DITRA-HEAT-DUE matting.
Hydronic systems are suitable for large scale coverage and ‘whole-house’ scenarios. Designed to heat the air within a room as well as the surface covering, they are a primary heat source and can therefore replace radiators, connecting directly to a boiler.
Installation is more expensive with an electric system, however running costs are cheaper. Hydronic systems can be powered by a various fuel sources, including ground source heat pumps, and as well as warming a space can also be used for gentle passive cooling during the summer months.
Schlüter –BEKOTEC-THERM is the patented hydronic underfloor heating solution with an ultra-low construction height. A screed height of just 8mm above the studs of the panels is all that is required, which results in quicker warm-up times as well as considerable material and weight savings in comparison to other wet systems. A building can also be put into use more rapidly as there is no need to wait for the screed to cure before tiles are installed.
BEKOTEC-THERM can be configured to work with Building Management Systems and a number of variants suitable for retrofitting are available. Schlüter-Systems can also provide a full design service for all BEKOTEC-THERM installations, with our experts ensuring that the system is used to its full potential.
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