Expansion joints & underfloor heating

When the screed over an underfloor heating system dries, you can expect it to expand and contract with the changes in temperature. In order to protect the floor, and prevent it from cracking, expansion joints should be fitted during installation.

Expansion joints UFH

What are they?

An expansion joint can be easily made out of Nu-Heat’s edge insulation or any other flexible material, cutting holes around the tube position.

The purpose of an expansion joint is to allow movement to happen within the screed floor, releasing any stress build up to avoid cracking.

When should I use expansion joints?

For both liquid anhydrite and sand and cement screeds, expansion joints should be placed in high stress areas – these are where large areas are in contact with smaller ones e.g. in L or T shaped rooms. Expansion strips should also be used where UFH tube passes through doorways.

In sand and cement screed floors, expansion joints should be fitted when the surface area of the screed is great than 40m² or within any single length of screed greater than 8m.

What is expansion sleeving?

Expansion sleeving also prevents any stresses from building up in the tube to avoid damage. It should be placed around any piece of UFH tube that runs through an expansion joint (300mm either side).

Download our Screed Floors Information Sheet for more info.

Meet the Team:
Account Managers – Leigh, Blue, Lindsey & Alec

In our final Meet the Account Managers post, we speak with Alec P, Lindsey, Blue and Leigh.

Nu-Heat’s Account Managers work with you to understand your project requirements, advising the most suitable solution and providing a bespoke quote within 72 hours.

They also keep in touch with you throughout your project, discussing any amendments that may be needed to the system design, guiding it through the design stage right through to delivery.

Account Managers
How long have you been at Nu-Heat and what did you do before?

Alec P: I joined Nu-Heat five years ago. Before then, I was a Royal Marines Commando in the Royal Marines Reserves and was also a self-employed landscape gardener.

Lindsey: I started at the same time as Alec, which made things a lot easier as we learned together. Before Nu-Heat I was a Product Manager buying pet and equestrian goods for a national company. I then became Customer Relationship Manager for the same company resolving customer issues and developing a strategy for improving customer service across the business. I have also built my own property and renovated a few so there was some relevant experience!

Blue: I’ve been at Nu-Heat for around six years and started off in the Business Development team. Previously I sold external insulated render systems and had also ran a small trading company in Zambia that sourced parts and engineering solutions for various industries.

Leigh: 2 months. Before joining I worked at a renewable energy company.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Lindsey: I love the variety of people that I get to speak to. I enjoy getting involved with self-builders and helping them towards their lifelong dream house as well as developing long term relationships with installers – it’s vital that we provide them with the information that they need swiftly and efficiently as they are busy people who don’t have the time to be sitting at a desk.

Blue: It gives me the opportunity to do what I love which is come up with a solution to a customer need. Nu-Heat is a stress-free environment to work in and everyone is approachable.

Leigh: I love the consultative side of things at Nu-Heat. I enjoy interacting with my customers on a daily basis.

Alec P: The people. Everyone is brilliant. I knew of Nu-Heat’s history and reputation as a family run business before I joined and despite having grown quickly over the years it has still maintained a very friendly working environment. I also enjoy developing strong working relationships with our customers.

Do you have a favourite product or project?

Leigh: I love the features and benefits of our neo smart control package.

Alec P: My favourite product is our NIBE air source heat pump offering. It’s one of the quietest on the market and feedback from our Registered Installers has only been positive. It’s a great product.

Lindsey: The LoPro® range means that we now have lots of exciting renovation projects in London and I always love looking at those plans! I really do enjoy GSHP projects as they have the added complexity of the land requirements. Customers looking for a GSHP tend to be very passionate about their projects and I have developed close relationships with some wonderful people.

Blue: It would have to be LoPro®Max – my house was used to test it during the development stage – but I like to think it’s the relationships with repeat customers that I enjoy the most.

Meet the Team:
Account Managers – Alec, Mike, Rachel & Simon

Following on from our last Meet the Team post introducing the Account Managers, we speak with Alec B, Mike, Rachel R and Simon.

Nu-Heat’s Account Managers work with you to understand your project requirements, advising the most suitable solution and providing a bespoke quote within 72 hours.

They also keep in touch with you throughout your project, discussing any amendments that may be needed to the system design, guiding it through the design stage right through to delivery.

Account Managers
Nu-Heat’s Account Managers Team, from left to right: Alec P, Mike, Alec B, Rachel R, Leigh, Gina, Simon, Rachel M, Jess, Blue, Lindsey and Mark
How long have you been at Nu-Heat and what did you do before?

Alec B: I’ve worked at Nu-Heat for a year and a half, having joined the Technical Support team to begin with. Before Nu-Heat, I spent 8 years as a plumbing and heating engineer, even installing Nu-Heat’s systems!

Mike: I’ve been an Account Manager here for six years. Throughout my career I’ve worked for most of the major merchants such as Travis Perkins, Plumbase, Plumb Centre and Build Centre.

Rachel R: In total I have been at Nu-Heat for around 18 years! I started in the admin team – there were just 3 of us then – and coordinated the deliveries. I then progressed to the sales team then more recently became an Account Manager.

Simon: For 3 years now, starting in the Business Development team. I have over 10 years’ experience in various account management positions.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Mike: I love the diversity of the role, working with both trade customers and then self-builders means it’s different every day. I also like being part of an ethical company – we only sell systems when we know they will meet the high expectations of the customer.

Alec B: Nu-Heat is a great company to work for. It has a friendly atmosphere and everyone who works here wants the same thing: for Nu-Heat to succeed by doing our very best to serve our customers. Being an Account Manager is satisfying – I help the customer throughout their project, from start to finish.

Simon: I enjoy working here as Nu-Heat is an ethical business that truly values its customers, reputation and products. These values make it easy to promote what we do confidently.

Rachel R: I enjoy building relationships with my customers and being able to find solutions for their projects. The technical aspect of the role has always kept me interested and challenged me. I value Nu-Heat’s approach and ethics and believe these are what have kept me here for such a long time!

Do you have a favourite product or project?

Rachel R: I can’t pinpoint a specific favourite as I have been involved in so many! I was here when we used the old Contraflo system, before changing to Fastflo, and also experienced the introduction of heat pumps and solar. A highlight for me though was going to Germany with a handful of others to see our UFH tube manufacturer at the time.

Alec B: As a previous installer I found LoPro® to be a brilliant product then and even more now. It fits into almost every scenario and I know that when I’m speaking with an installer that they are going to enjoy installing it.

Mike: My favourite products are heat pumps. I love the concept of them and the fact it helps to reduce people’s carbon footprint.

Simon: LoPro®Max is a fantastic product that meets the needs of most homeowners looking to make improvements to their home and living lifestyle.

In our final Meet the Account Managers post, we’ll be speaking with Lindsey, Blue, Leigh and Alec P. Click here to view the post.