Olympian chooses Overlay Plus for underfloor heating

Sally Gunnell

When the Olympic gold medal GB former hurdles star Sally Gunnell and her family wanted to install underfloor heating that would be efficient and unobtrusive, Polypipe’s Overlay Plus system was the ideal solution.

After discussing the project requirements with heating engineer Ryan Faint (of FMS Contractors), the family chose Polypipe’s Overlay Plus system as it provided the most efficient heat output with minimal disruption to their renovation project during installation.

Overlay Plus is installed directly over an existing solid or timber deck floor. The large and light in weight boards can cover large floor spaces very quickly and can be easily cut to shape with a blade – meaning they are quick and easy to install without need for specialist or heavy-duty tools.

Sally said: “We chose Polypipe because we wanted something that was reliable and longstanding as we plan to be in this house for the next 20-30 years.”

The boards have a dense insulation core and an aluminium lining which increases the product’s heat output and, at only 18mm thick, they add minimal height to the finished floor.

The family have paired their Overlay Plus system with Polypipe’s Smart controls, which includes geolocation capability. This means they could choose to set their three teenagers’ bedrooms to reach their preferred temperature in time for them to arrive home.

Sally added: “We wanted to have the space, this house had a lot of radiators in it and was freezing cold as well. Having underfloor heating will really change the whole outlook of the house, it’s made it more modern than it ever was. We’re very short of storage space so we didn’t want to have the radiators, we wanted to have cupboards.

“We wanted to make it a contemporary house with lots of glass windows and good insulation so underfloor heating just made sense.”