Installing a radiant floor heating system in a concrete floor
Radiant floor heating systems work on the principle of heat transfer between different materials. Concrete floors are very durable and can be used for radiant floor heating panels. Installing a radiant floor heating system is very cost-efficient and will produce no noise in the process.
- Radiant floor heating
- Smoothing float
- Reinforcing steel
- Poly-ethylene (plastic)
- Concrete mix
Polyethylene and electric panels
Lay the polyethylene on top of the gravel. To prevent any moisture from being transferred, cover 4-5 inches of the wall with the protective layer. The panels will be placed on top of the polyethylene plastic. If you are using heating panels, lay down a bar of reinforcement steel over it.
Radiant floor heating
Connect the heating panels to the main electrical circuit of the house, and attach the thermostat controller to it. In case you are using tubes, attach them to the main boiler of the house. Make sure that you attach the pipes well to prevent leaks.
Spread the concrete mixture over the radiant floor heating. The layer must be even and 3 inches thick. Smooth out the layer of concrete. Wait until the concrete dries.
Sanding the concrete
Now it’s time to polish and sand the concrete layer. To give the concrete a final touch you can use sandpaper.