zmesh-under-woodOne of the selling points for our electric radiant heating systems is their longevity. In many cases, our low voltage systems will outlast your floor or roof! Today we thought we’d take a look at what precautions you can take while replacing your floor or roof covering with our products underneath.

ZMesh

ZMesh is a very versatile heating element and can be easy to work around when installing a new floor or shingles as long as proper care is taken.

First, the old floor or roof covering must be removed without damaging the mesh. Take care when pulling the nails from wood floors or shingles to not damage ZMesh, and do not cut carpet over the ZMesh. Additionally, the transition plates must be protected from damage.

Tuff Cable

For cable systems embedded in mortar or a similar material, it is often very difficult to replace the flooring without damaging the heating element. Tile should be removed carefully without disturbing the mortar bed, and then a new tile install can be done over the top of the embedded cable.

Keep in Mind

Some additional things to remember for any system:

  • Know where your cold leads are (the start and stop points that lead back to the control unit). If the heating element needs to be replaced, and the cold leads are in place and accessible, there is a great chance you will be able to connect new heating element to the existing cold leads and reuse the control units.
  • In flooring installations, you will want to keep an eye out for a floor temperature sensor. If your system has one you should avoid damaging it while tearing out the floor.
  • If the cable or mesh is damaged, a repair may be possible. Consult your installation manual for details on this process or contact our technical support team at Warmquest.
  • Always make sure to turn the breaker off before working on any electrical system.

If you plan to redo a floor or roof with a Warmquest system installed, give us a call first. Our trained experts can give you detailed guidance related to your specific system and project.