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Water Underfloor Heating Systems: Wet vs. Dry Installation Methods 

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Warmup offer a wide range of water underfloor heating solutions suitable for almost any project. Each of our systems feature a specific installation method and in this guide we’ll explain the main differences between ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ installations. You’ll find out: 

  • What a ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ UFH installation method means 
  • The best floor heating systems that utilise screed for new-builds 
  • The best systems that offer a dry install for refurbishment projects 
  • How to buy a water floor heating system

What is the difference between a ‘wet’ and a ‘dry’ installation method? 

When it comes to installing water underfloor heating, these systems can be divided into two key categories; those that utilise a ‘wet’ installation method and those that offer a ‘dry’ installation. Wet installations require the use of a concrete screed into which floor heating pipes are submerged before allowing this to cure and laying down the floor finish. Whereas the systems that offer a dry installation do not require the use of screeding, allowing a quicker and cleaner installation.   

What kind of projects are a screeded water system suitable for?

Water UFH systems that require a ‘wet’ installation involving screed are typically recommended for new-build projects or larger ground-floor home refurbishments because screeding will increase your floor build-up. Specifying a water system in a new-build project means you will be able to take into account both the dimensions and load requirements for the installation during the design stage of your project; ensuring that your construction will be safe whilst its ceiling heights and window and door levels will be suitable for your needs. Looking for more information about installing a floor heating solution in a new-build project? Read our guide to find out everything you need to know.  

Water systems that require screeding are recommended for new-build projects

Which system should I choose?

The Clypso System is one of Warmup’s most popular water systems and has been developed for use with floating screeded floors. The Clypso’s heating pipes can be attached to its accompanying laminated insulation panels using innovative connection clips, allowing for a smooth installation and bespoke heating layout. This system requires a layer of screed of between 65 – 75 mm, so as we’ve explored, it’s important to make sure your project’s plans factor in this depth and its weight. The Clypso System can be installed with almost any floor finish, in particular where the flooring may be replaced from time to time. 

What kind of project is a ‘dry’ installed system best for?

As screeding will increase the depth of your water UFH installation, the systems that don’t require the use of a concrete screed are perfect for home renovation projects; dry-fitted systems mean you won’t have to worry too much about the impact of the system on the fixed ceiling heights of an existing property. These systems typically utilise UFH panels which feature channels into which the heating pipe can be fitted and many of our dry-install water floor heating systems also come with in-built insulation. The lack of screed also promotes rapid installation times too. To learn more about retrofitting underfloor heating in a home refurbishment, read our informative guide.  

Water underfloor heating systems that offer a dry installation method are perfect for home renovations. 

Which water system is best for me?

The VLo Ultra-12 Low Build System is a versatile UFH solution that offers a screedless installation. It features built-in insulation and recycled fleece decoupling layers to help protect floor tiles from cracking. The Ultra-12’s low-profile design and low-weight construction makes it ideal for renovation projects.  

Like all our water floor heating systems, the VLo Ultra-12 System provides an energy-efficient, low-carbon heating solution for your home with low long-term running costs. You can also use all our water systems with both traditional heat sources and contemporary heat pumps, which allow for even greater efficiency and cost savings.  

How do I purchase a water UFH system?

Our online quote tool can not only help find you the most suitable water floor heating system for your home but also allows you to purchase it directly from Warmup and get it delivered to where you need it. Simply enter a few details about your project and we’ll select the best system for your needs, letting you know exactly what to buy and how much it will cost – instantly. If you’re working with an underfloor heating installer, you can also ask them to fill in further details to provide a more thorough breakdown of your project’s requirements.  

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instant, accurate, flexible

Quoting Tools: instant, accurate, flexible

Warmup offers an extensive range of electric and water floor systems compatible with all floor types, rooms and projects.

Electric Systems

  • ✓ Ideal for zones less than 25m²
  • ✓ Ideal for single rooms
  • ✓ Does not alter floor levels
  • ✓ Great for renovations

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  • ✓ Ideal for larger zones over 25m²
  • ✓ Rapid auto heat loss calculations
  • ✓ Compatible with existing central heating systems
  • ✓ Great for new-builds

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