Can I use Water Underfloor Heating in My Cottage Renovation?

Underfloor heating is fast becoming one of the most popular heating choices in the home, bringing warmth and comfort to flooring that has previously been cold underfoot, such as stone, wood and tiles. But choosing which type of underfloor heating can be a minefield, especially when renovating a period cottage property. In times gone past, water underfloor heating may have been ruled out for these types of renovations, when already low ceiling heights restricted allowance for an additional 60mm of pipework, screed and leveller even before the new flooring had been laid. However, today there are alternative options, which could provide you with toasty warm feet, whilst keeping your labour and material costs within budget.

Snug Underfloor Heating provides two water system solutions for property renovations with low ceiling heights. The first is their low profile Snug Groove Board, with a depth of just 18mm. Constructed from gypsum and recycled paper, the Snug Groove Board eliminates the need for additional insulation or the requirement for screed. Plus, tiles or wood flooring can be laid directly on top of the Snug Groove Board without having to use levelling compound or place extra structural boards on top; making it a quick and cost-effective alternative to traditional underfloor heating solutions.

The second option for low ceiling height renovations, are the Snug Fit From Below Heat Plates. These are ideal when the floor height can’t be raised from its original level and you are unable to lift the existing the floor boards or the joists are not evenly spaced, even better if you are renovating the downstairs of a property and want to add underfloor heating to an upstairs room without taking up the existing flooring. Simply fix the Snug Fit From Below Heat Plates in between the joists and run our recommended Snug PEX or PEX AL PEX pipe to the desired design. Again, the Snug Fit From Below Heat Plates, remove the need to use any screed, saving both labour time and money.

For more information, or to discuss the best underfloor heating solution for your home, please contact our dedicated Snug Underfloor Heating technical support team on 01772 761333 or

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