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Underfloor heating: The stud system

Like the tacker and Velcro system, the stud system is one of the so-called wet systems. The basis for this form of underfloor heating is formed by studded panels (usually made of polystyrene), which can be laid using the push-button principle. The water-bearing pipes are fixed in the spaces between the studs and then cast in wet screed. Due to the installation height of approx. 90 mm, the stud system is particularly suitable for new buildings, but can also be used in renovations and retrofitted, provided there is sufficient space. In this article, you can find out more about the advantages of the stud system, its structure and the components used, as well as how to install the underfloor heating.

Advantages of the dimple system

  1. Quick and easy installation: The studded panels simplify the laying of the heating pipes enormously and thus enable quick and uncomplicated installation of the underfloor heating by a single fitter.
  2. Sound insulation and thermal insulation: The studded panels are optionally available with integrated thermal and impact sound insulation. This contributes to greater energy efficiency, improves the indoor climate and reduces noise.
  3. High flexibility: Dimpled panel systems can be used with three different pipe diameters (14 mm, 16 mm and 17 mm). The system is also flexible when laying the heating pipes and allows distances of 5, 10, 15, 20 and more centimetres.
  4. Cooling is also possible: Underfloor heating with a stud system can also be used for surface cooling, provided the system also supports cooling mode. This cooling from below is particularly pleasant on hot summer days.

Laying and installing the stud system

The substrate must be carefully prepared before laying the studded tiles. It is important to remove dust, dirt and any foreign objects that could later push through the tiles from below. The first step is then to install the edge insulation strip, which separates the floor from the wall and minimizes sound transmission, among other things.

In the second step, an insulating layer of polystyrene boards is laid on the floor. This step can be omitted for dimpled sheets that already have integrated thermal and impact sound insulation. In this case, the dimpled tiles, which are reminiscent of children's building blocks, are laid directly. Laying always starts flush with the wall in a corner of the room. It is important that the flap of the edge insulation strip is always above the board and that cross joints are avoided. T-joints are more suitable. When laid together, the studded panels are fastened together using connectors or inserted directly into each other. At the point where the distributor is located, a compensating panel is laid instead of a studded panel.

Once the entire room has been laid out with studded panels, the heating pipe is laid in the third step. The special arrangement of the studs ensures great flexibility and makes it easier to fix the pipe in place. As soon as the heating pipes have been laid and connected to the manifold, a final pressure test is carried out. This is to ensure that the heating circuit is completely tight. If the pressure test was successful, the wet screed can be applied. As soon as the screed is completely dry, nothing stands in the way of using the underfloor heating.

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Questions and answers about the FBH burl system

How long is the service life of a dimple system?

High-quality materials and professional installation ensure that modern stud system underfloor heating systems have a long service life. As a rule, the systems last at least 30 years. It is important that the heating system is serviced regularly so that any signs of wear can be detected at an early stage.

What maintenance work is required for a burl system?

The maintenance requirements of a modern panel heating system with studs are relatively low. However, the system should be checked regularly by a specialist so that any problems can be rectified quickly. It is also important to bleed the heating system from time to time to ensure smooth operation. It also makes sense to check the control technology of the panel heating system at regular intervals and update it over the years.