Polypipe is introducing its new Overlay Plus system, which it describes as eight times lighter than the standard gypsum board currently used (1.2kg compared to 10kg per board).
Apart from the low weight of the product, installation is also made easier as there is no need for any power tools – a Stanley knife is enough to cut the flooring to shape. There is less dust and mess produced during installation, and tiles can be fitted directly on top of the Overlay Plus boards.
The new boards are also larger in area and, thanks to the insulation core and aluminium lining, have been shown to increase the performance by 10 per cent.
Overlay Plus can be used on new builds, refurbishments or extensions.
Giles Coombes, Polypipe’s underfloor heating product manager, said: “The underfloor heating market is growing exponentially as householders realise how efficient the systems can be. We believe that it will increase even more in the next year and want to make sure installers can take advantage of the increase in demand.
“This this new technology means that underfloor heating can be fitted more easily, less expensively and much faster. This will be a boon for installers and reduce installation time to keep customers happy.”