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Heat-Sheet® panels are designed to make the Radiant Floor Heating design and construction process seamless while providing high-performance insulation to maximize the heating system’s efficiency. But did you know that using Heat-Sheet panels instead of the conventional flat boards can help you reduce the project’s costs?

This post will shine a light on all the potential savings that Heat-Sheet can reward installers with and showcase some real-world testimonies.

How Using Heat-Sheet Leads to Cost Savings

Heat-Sheet panels typically cost about $1.50 per square foot, with some variance based upon your location and on the panels’ thickness and density. And while these costs are comparable to those of regular, flat insulation panels, Heat-Sheet’s unique design can generate savings of up to $0.73 per square foot.

That’s because Heat-Sheet comes with a built-in vapor barrier, is easy to lay down, and makes pipe installation quick, efficient, and backpain-free.

Here are the potential savings you can get by simply using Heat-Sheet instead of a similarly priced flat panel:

  • Vapor barrier costs — $0.06-$0.08/ft2.
    Since Heat-Sheet has an integral vapor barrier, you won’t have to purchase and install this item separately.
  • Panel laying and taping costs — $0.10-$0.15/ft2.
    Heat-Sheet panels are sized for easy handling and come with a convenient interlock that will save your crew precious labor hours when laying and taping them.
  • Pipe installation costs — $0.40-$0.50/ft2.
    The most substantial savings you’ll see are thanks to Heat-Sheet’s nodules that allow you to walk the PEX tubing in place. No need to bend over or go down to your knees to staples the tubes to the panels — stapling is only required at the bends. This handy feature will let you achieve notable savings on labor, as you’ll be able to cut down on the size of the crew and still lay the tubing down faster.
  • Total potential savings — $0.56-$0.73/ft2.

Testimonials

We reached out to several contractors who often used Heat-Sheet and asked them how the product performs in the field and whether the cost savings are achievable.

On Installing Heat-Sheet Panels

"The main benefit to installing Heat-Sheet is how quick it goes in, and that it does save your crew time and money because the labor cost is half or even less (compared to installing regular, flat panels). You're putting it down just as fast as your labor can get it in because it is so natural — the product interlocks together and goes down quickly, so it does save you time and money."

Sean Murphy - Hollyhock Construction, Winnipeg, Manitoba

On laying PEX pipe onto Heat-Sheet:

"It's going great. We're laying about 8-10,000 feet per day with two guys. It's very easy. You don't get a sore back from (bending down) when you have to tie down the rebar. It's great stuff — I don't think I would want to do it any other way now. One guy could probably run 6,000 feet by himself if it came down to it. If we weren't using Heat-Sheet, we'd probably be laying 5,000-6,000 feet between 3-4 guys, so we're possibly doubling the footage with half the guys."

Travis McDonald - McDonald Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Freightliner Manitoba Project

"My favorite part? Definitely walking it (PEX piping) in. That ease of installation compared to rebar — off the charts… just walking it out and clicking it in… this is a knee saver and a back saver!"

Brendan Benoit - Meridian Plumbing, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wrapping it up

As you can see from the testimonials, Heat-Sheet excels at simplifying the installation process — both of the panels and the PEX tubing. Not only does it help installers achieve real, tangible savings, it’s also much easier on the crews’ backs!