Do-it-yourself home improvement projects are great for saving money. They can be a lot of work, but the payoff, in the end, is worth it.
But you have to choose your projects with care. It's possible that more complex projects may end up costing you more money and time in the long run.
Why? Because of how much it costs to do it yourself plus the cost of having a professional fix your failed project.
Hydronic underfloor heating is one such complex project. Unless you have some experience working with these systems, it's better to contract it out. Let's take a look at a few reasons why.
Hydronic underfloor heating is not a simple system. It's most often a large project. It makes more sense for large rooms or even whole houses, not just a single bathroom.
Those houses that have heated floors only in the bathrooms? Those are most often electric systems. The electric system is simpler than hydronic and makes more sense for a small project.
The hydronic system, not only is it a large project but also it's a lot of work. Plus, you will need to buy several special tools.
Some of these tools are very particular to hydronic heating. It's unlikely that you will ever have a use for them again and, like most specialised tools, they are not cheap.
That's an added expense to your project and not an investment you can use in future projects. Plus, you may not know how to use those tools in the best way. It's never a good idea to work with equipment you are not suitably qualified for.
You also need to know what you're doing to install the system correctly. You'll need to know what size boiler to install to heat enough water.
You'll also need to know what size pump you'll need to circulate the water for the space you're heating. You'll need to know the correct spacing for installing the pipes while considering the thermal properties of the room and floor.
Maximise System Efficiency
There is lots of information on the Internet. You think there must be guidelines for all the right sizes for hydronic heating.
While this may be true, they will be just that...guidelines. Approximated guidelines can never take the place of true expertise.
Each case will be a little different. Your project may not fit into cookie-cutter guideline descriptions. Professional designers and installers will know the best size equipment to buy.
Plus, they'll know how to install it for maximum system efficiency. This is important when it comes to the life of your system. It may cost more to pay a professional to install it, but your system will last longer and perform better. Depending on the price difference, you will actually save money in the long run.
You may be able to do a serviceable job for cheaper. But you could end up paying more for maintenance and running costs in the long run. Ask yourself if that's really worth all the time and effort you'll have to put into it.
Speaking of time and effort, hydronic systems take a lot of both. Professional installers will be able to install your floors much faster than you can.
The components of hydronic underfloor heating systems have to go in a certain order. As a do-it-yourselfer, you won't necessarily know the right order.
There will be some trial and error. It's inevitable that you'll end up having to undo and redo parts of the system as you realise your mistakes.
Remember, this is not only a waste of your time, but it's also a hassle. If you're remodelling and adding these floors to your home, that means you've torn up your living space. The longer it takes you to work on the project, the longer you will be living in a mess.
On top of that, you may only be able to work on it on the weekends. This will stretch out the project even more. It won't be long before everyone is stressed out about having the house in disarray for so long.
Another great benefit of having your system installed by professionals is the warranty. Reputable professional installers should always offer a warranty on the installation.
Of course, you will get a warranty from the manufacturer even if you do it yourself. But the added warranty from the installation company is a nice bonus that gives you peace of mind. From most reputable companies, you can expect at least a 10-year warranty.
The Cost of Mistakes
Small mistakes are inevitable if you choose to do it yourself. You'll have to redo parts and will learn from your mistakes along the way.
The cost of these may add up but perhaps not enough to justify paying a professional. But how do you know? What if they do add up? What if you end up not being able to complete the project? What if you have to scrap it altogether and start over?
Now you're out both the time and money that you spent to do it yourself. Plus, you will have to pay the professionals to do it anyway. Depending on how far you got into the project, that could be quite an added expense.
Save yourself a headache from the start and go with the professionals right off the bat. Your wallet, your knees, and your back will thank you for it.
Hydronic Underfloor Heating Professionals
So who can you trust to install your hydronic underfloor heating system correctly? Why not go with somebody who has over 20 years of experience in the business?
We won't be wasting your time. With us, you can expect that your hydronic system will go in quick and right the first time.
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