Firstly, installing an underfloor heating system is no easy feat for the inexperienced. This is not the sort of project for uncertain DIY beginners. Underfloor heating systems are complex and delicate; they must be handled with care. The installation of underfloor heating is often governed by very strict guidelines and standards within the construction industry. Reputable contractors are qualified and experienced in similar projects and they will not hesitate to share their contactable references with potential clients. Such contractors are happy to discuss the pros and cons of floor heating solutions. They will also educate the homeowner on how to effectively care for the floor heating system and thus prevent many common problems.
The materials used for this project are sensitive to ultra-violet rays and must be kept in a shaded area until they are used. Reliable, professional contractors only use high quality products that have been awarded an SABS stamp of approval and a guarantee that they will work effectively for at least a few years. Fluid based floor heating and cooling systems are usually produced from polyethylene materials and as such, they resist the effects of extreme heat and cold. These products are not vulnerable to corrosion and pressure stresses. A contractor who embraces a professional and expert approach to floor heating installations is also the best one to call for any necessary repairs in the future.
The flow of electricity in the home must be safe and adequate to power this type of heating. Installing the floor heating solution properly is very important because it is the single most effective way to prevent malfunction of the system and regular, excessive repairs. The heating element used must be the correct size, length and width to ensure the even spread of heat. It is vital that the heating elements themselves are also even spaced throughout the room to minimise cold spots on the floor. The SABS requires all approved floor heating systems to be installed with an isolator for energy and safety control.