Junckers Leveldek system
TRADITIONALLY, timber floor finishes and heating systems are specified separately and supplied and installed by different companies.
Junckers Leveldek is reported to offer a versatile levelling system, underfloor heating and a solid hardwood floor finish from a single point-of-supply.
Junckers has teamed up with a heating component manufacturer to offer what’s described as a combined solid hardwood floor and heating system which is said to achieve the best fit in terms of ease of installation and efficiency.
The Junckers Leveldek system is said to be a fully integrated solid hardwood floor and heating system. Any of the 22mm or 20.5mm thick floor boards from Junckers’ range of finishes may be used, so there’s a floor to suit any taste and style of interior.
Junckers hardwood floors have, the company says, for many years been recognised as the only solid hardwood floors which are so stable they’re guaranteed for use with underfloor heating. This is something architects, the flooring and heating industries have known for the past 30 years or so.
It’s fair to say almost any type of underfloor heating may be used with Junckers floors, the company points out.
However, heating designs vary enormously with different ways of supporting the pipes and insulating the floor, and careful planning is needed when coordinating heating and flooring trades on site. There can also be some significant efficiency and running cost differences between one system and another.
Energy efficiency and fast warm-up
A Junckers Leveldek floor system is able to achieve the greatest energy efficiency and fastest warm-up time because of the way the heating pipes are supported directly beneath the floor boards. The heating panels are insulated and reinforced, and have aluminium heat diffusion plates.
They’re pushed upwards against the underside of the floorboards by the support saddles and this close contact gives the best heat output possible.
This also means the Leveldek heating pipes cannot sag or move, so the heating will give the same reliable efficiency its whole life.
The design of the Leveldek system means the response time and heat output can be calculated accurately, so the heating engineer can be sure the predicted performance will be what the client will actually get.
The heating panels and battens are supported above the subfloor, therefore it’s said to be easy to include other services beneath the floor prior to installation of the hardwood floor boards.
Junckers Leveldek is said to work perfectly when a sprung floor is needed because the heating panels will flex along with the whole floor system.
There are many ways the Junckers Leveldek system can be used, the company says. It’s based on one of Junckers’ established levelling systems, so the subfloor can be a screed, concrete slab, block and beam or other type of base – flat or not.
This makes it perfect for residential and non-residential newbuild as well as refurbishment projects. When used with solid SylvaSport beech flooring, the system provides a sprung floor to EN 14904, which means it’s suitable for sports, dance and activity halls and meets the requirements or Sport England and Sport Scotland.
As well as providing an energy efficient heating system the materials which are used for Junckers floors are from sustainable certified sources, are fully recyclable and manufactured to the highest environmental standards.
Even the energy which is used to power the flooring factory is produced from waste wood from flooring manufacture.
Junckers says, ‘Our long experience and unique reputation means we’re able to offer a full guarantee for the system under the Junckers lifetime warranty scheme with a 25-year guarantee for the flooring and installation, 10 years for the heating pipes and insulated panels and two years for all electronic components.’