Epoxy floors are often encountered in business premises that require a solid and durable surface. With underfloor heating you can make a room more sustainable, but are epoxy floors suitable for underfloor heating?
The answer is short: yes. Epoxy floors are, just like PU floors and trowel floors, feasible with underfloor heating. Pleasant, because this combination guarantees more comfort and is energy and space saving.
In industrial spaces it is important to keep the heat where it is most needed, namely as close to the floor as possible. In high rooms such as factories, company and production halls, floor heating has a more efficient heat output than traditional convection heating systems.
Underfloor heating produces more radiant heat than radiators, while the latter mainly generate convection heat. Where convection heat rises in the form of warm air, radiant heat mainly heats locally. Exactly where you want it.
Due to its efficient heat dissipation, underfloor heating offers many advantages in industrial areas:
Nevertheless, the story goes that self-levelling floors, including epoxy floors, are sensistive to cracks. And therefore unsuitable for underfloor heating. A misconception, if you ask us. A self-levelling floor will never crack by itself. Self levelling floors adhere to the substrate, often sand cement or concrete. A crack always starts in the substrate. As the crack size increases and the self-levelling floor can no longer bridge it, ripples will become visible in the casting floor itself. It is therefore important to always repair existing cracks and other defects in the substrate if this is the case.
To prevent the floor from cracking, a good heating protocol is of crucial importance.
For example, it is advisable to switch on underfloor heating in combination with an epoxy floor only after complete curing (about 7 days). A heating protocol prevents shrinkage and expansion stresses because the floor heating is gradually and slowly brought up to temperature.
A few things to watch out for:
With the above tips, you can use underfloor heating with any type of self-levelling floor, whether it is epoxy, polyurethane, ESD or modified epoxy.
HIM has an extensive range of sustainable floor solutions that match perfectly with underfloor heating. Curious which floor best suits your business application?
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