Do you do………???

So, we seem to be having quite a few “Do you do….?” questions regarding our underfloor heating offer. Just to clear things up, we decided to borrow a few images from one of our suppliers to outline the full breadth of our offer….. By the way, if you don’t see what you need, get in touch, we’ve pretty much got a solution for every scenario.

Clips & Rail system for use when screeding. 16 or 20mm pipe. New build and refurbishment.
Aluminium heat diffusion plates system for battened or joisted floor construction. For use with 16mm pipe. 150mm & 200mm centres available.
25mm EPS foiled & routed floating floor system board for use with 16mm pipe – Requires 18mm Ply or T&G before floor finish is applied. (Thicker versions available)
Solid screed overlay 18mm system board for use with 12mm pipe. Lay you finished floor directly on top. Ideal for retro-fit & refurbishment
Solid Insulation Over Lay. 18mm expanded, load bearing polystyrene system board for use with 12mm pipe – Lay your floor finish directly on top*.
Between joist 25mm foiled & routed insulation boards, for use with 16mm pipe. (Thicker versions available)
Lo-Flo latex Screed system boards. Design for use with 22mm Latex screed and 12mm pipe. Ideal for retro-fit
Castillated pipe system board for screed floor construction (Egg Crate). For use with 15 or 16mm pipe.

If you have any questions or would like data sheets for your own sales or hand over pack, please let us know.

Otherwise, keep on fitting, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

All New B-Hive App

Introducing the all new B-Hive mobile App. Packed with all the information and links you could need to our products and pricing right in the palm of your hand.

Click on the below link or image from your mobile device for easy access exactly what you need when you need it.

https://bhivesupplies.beezer.com/

 

 

 

The New Light Weight Over-Lay Underfloor Heating Boards

The Disman Aqualay Underfloor System is easy to install.

Aqualay Master Panels are used to cover the majority of the floor area to be heated. Universal Panels are used as pipe
return ends and for areas with complex layouts allowing the pipe route to be positioned without compromise.
The panels can be fitted onto a wide range of substrates including concrete, screed, asphalt, chipboard and plywood. These panels are not designed to span across floor joists and must be fully supported by the floor which they are to cover. The panels
can be fixed using flexible cement based tile adhesive or low expansion PU Foam with screws and washers. The panels provide
an insulated floor surface with pre-set channels for pipe work.
When the water pipes have been fitted and tested, preparation of the Disman Aqualay surface for the final floor finishes can begin.

The Disman Aqualay Underfloor Heating System Solution is a high performance pipe carrier panel designed for use with Wet/water based systems.

The Disman Aqualay panels are produced with pre-set pipe channels set *100mm, and 150mm centres and comprise of 3 different panel options;
Disman Aqualay Master Panel
Disman Aqualay Universal Panel
Disman Aqualay Multiflow Panel

Each panel offers uniquel designed benefits that make Disman Aqualay a superlative system for underfloor heating.Disman Aqualay over-lay panels are designed to provide a durable overlay pipe routing system for use with low pressure water heating and cooling systems. Disman Aqualay provides benefits such as insulation against downward heat loss, heat transfer across pipework centres, improves warm up time to floor finishes and provides controlled spacing for pipe-work. The Disman Aqualay is available with pipe channel centres set at *100mm for 12mm diameter pipe and with 150mm centres for Disman underfloor heating pipe diameters of 12mm and 16mm.

Disman Aqualay Master Panels are manufactured using high density extruded XPS as its core element finished with a hard wearing cementitious surface. Running through the body of each Master Panel is a series of highly effective heat transfer cores, manufactured from a unique conducting cement compound designed to transfer heat from the water pipes to the panel surface. The patented Master Panel is unique in structure, providing insulation against downward heat loss whilst at the same time effectively transferring heat from the water pipe to the floor surface.

Disman Aqualay Universal Panels are manufactured using a lightweight polycement based compound as its core element. These panels provide installers and designers total flexibility for complex pipe route layouts. Disman Aqualay Universal Panels effectively transfer heat across the floor surface, however they don’t offer the same level of insulation as the Disman Aqualay Master Panel.

Disman Aqualay Multiflow Panels are manufactured using high density polystyrene with cement reinforced surfaces. The
eight channels of the Multiflow are designed to retain heat within the water pipe ensuring heated water is directed efficiently to the required heating zone.

Aqualay -Master panels panel size pipe diameter (mm) pipe centres (mm) pallet qty
Panel thickness
15mm / 4 channel 1200mm x 600mm 10 150 160
18mm / 6 channel 1200mm x 600mm 12 100 160
18mm / 4 channel 1200mm x 600mm 12 150 160
21mm / 6 channel 1200mm x 600mm 15/16 150

A chat with Frank….. A life less hurried.

So, a few months ago I got chatting to a guy I know on Moulsham Street in Chelmsford. He’s a nice old guy, out walking his dog, I know him from the pub. Clearly eager for a chat, he started talking about something he knew I would respond to….. rugby. Probably the one of the few things that this charming, well to do guy and I have in common. So, we chatted for five or ten minutes about the changes in the game since he and I were playing (30 years for him, not so much for me), putting the rugby world to rights.

Anyway, while I was chatting to him, a guy stopped to read the details on the B-Hive Underfloor van. Ever the opportunist, I politely broke the conversation from my evergreen friend and asked if I could help this new guy. Tony, it turned out was re-furbishing a house in Chelmsford but couldn’t find the underfloor heating system that would work for him. So, yet again I started to chat to a guy on the street about something I find very easy to chat about.

Tony’s plan was to completely renovate a 19th century cottage. He was planning on getting as much insulation in as was practicable, replacing all the sash windows with reproductions, using the most efficient gas boiler he could find, whilst trying to maintain the character of the building….. “sounds expensive” I said.

Anyway, as the proportions of this cottage weren’t what he needed for his family, he wanted to do away with any unnecessary bulk in each of the rooms….. specifically radiators (his words). Underfloor heating, he said, was what he wanted.

In the space of about 10 minutes we’d established exactly what he’d use, gone through the pro’s and con’s of each system or solution available on the market, screed, floating, diffusion plates…. everything we could think of between us (he’d done his homework). By the end it seemed the best solution was one that met pretty much all of his needs.

Aligned with the Delta Dore home management control system, to help Tony monitor everything at home from his offices in London, we settled on a solid over-lay system board. Disman routed Fermacell panels laid directly onto the existing floor boards (new insulation below), and run with 12mm MLC pipe back to the centrally place Disman underfloor heating manifold under the stairs.

Raising the floor height by just 19mm, Tony decided that there was more than enough head height in his property and was happy to move forward with pricing and design. Furthermore, this system helped with his wife’s desire for ceramic floor finish, perfect for underfloor and laid directly onto the boards.

A few months latter the system’s in and working, Tony’s happy, his wife is happy, I’m happy and I think Frank, my old buddy on Moulsham Street was happy for the chat. I was in a rush that day…. work, family etc. all the pressures we all experience in day to day life, but I’m glad Frank stopped me. If he hadn’t I wouldn’t have got the sale. I won’t be rushing past him on the street next time….. and I must buy him a pint….or two.

For more information about B-Hive or the products mentioned, please call us on 01245 860589 or go to www.bhiveunderfloor.co.uk

 

 

Underfloor Heating In Chelmsford

It’s good news for the plumbers and heating engineers of Chelmsford. B-Hive Underfloor has opened a new trade counter just off Beehive Lane in the City Centre. Stocking pretty much anything you’d need for a new, replacement or repair of an wet underfloor heating system, we also stock multilayer pipe and press fittings, the excellent Buteline plumbing system, Heatmiser thermostats, tools and other plumbing essentials. Standard and designer radiators are available to order as well as boilers, heat pumps, cylinders and anything else you’d buy at a standard plumbers merchants.

Product, Price, Service are the rules we stand by. If you’ve got a ‘like for like’ price from anywhere else, including the internet, we will match or beat it…. as long as we’re not losing money!!!

With 14 years experience in the trade, our guys have the experience needed to help you with any questions you may have and are happy to speak with the trade or the public.

So, pop along and see us or give us a call on 01245 860589 to arrange an appointment or site visit. Alternatively, take a look at www.bhiveunderfloor.co.uk for an overview of our product offer.

We look forward to hearing your knock at the red door……..

 

Enough Ethics?

We love this little note direct from one of our favourite authors… Seth Godin

Enough ethics?

Most companies seek to be more profitable.

They seek to increase their Key Performance Indicators. More referrals, more satisfaction, more loyalty. They seek to increase their market share, their dividends, their stock price.

But ethics?

In fact, most companies strive to be just ethical enough. To get ethics to the point where no one is complaining, where poor ethics aren’t harming their KPIs.

What if instead…

Being more ethical was the most important KPI?

Perhaps profit and market share and the rest could merely be tools in service of the ability to make things better, to treat people ever more fairly, to do work that we’re more proud of each day.

It might be worth trying.

August Featured Product – Flexigas Pipe & Fittings

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In a new monthly “Featured Product” we will be looking a little deeper into the features and benefits of specific products within the B-Hive Supplies portfolio. Hopefully, this can help our prospective and existing clients further understand the technologies and better determine which products are right for them and their projects.

The inaugural featured product is our Flexigas semi-ridged gas pipe and fittings. New to the UK market in terms of it’s branding, this type of product has been a available here for a number of years now. Brands such as Gastite, Tracpipe and have made large movements to aid the installers and specifiers with flexible gas pipe and fittings. Enabling faster installation in both new build and refurbishment without the need for time consuming braised fittings, many installers use it as a matter of course.

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During our research into the product before taking it on, our team discovered four main objections to the use of Flexible gas pipe;

1. Many installer insist on using the tried and tested, traditional copper installation simply because they have been doing it that way for years.

2. The specification of the project design simply says that copper is to be used on all gas pipework.

3. The Cost. Up until now the cost to the installer of Flexible gas pipe, as especially the associated fittings, has been prohibitive. Compared to the cost of copper, the capital costs versus time saving benefits just didn’t add up.

4. I can’t get hold of it. As the demand for this type of product increases more and more plumbers & builders merchants will stock the product but for the time being, many places have to order it in.

For those traditionalists insistent on using copper we can only spout the key features and benefits, something outside of our influence will be the only thing that changes their mind on that one. For the specifiers, a greater knowledge of the product, the better marketing of the product, the better sharing of the testing and technology will be the way forward for the manufacturers sales team.

Cost. We agree that the costs of the existing brands in the market has been too high for too long. Whilst Flexible gas pipe is a huge move forward in product technology, it should not be so expensive in the UK market. Flexigas is not expensive by comparison. Copper will always be the main competition but, put simply, Flexigas, when the capital costs versus time saving benefits are recognised by the specifiers and installers is in with a genuine shot.

For more information on this product or anything else in the B-Hive product portfolio, please call us on 01245 490 401, click on one of the images below, or go to www.bhivesupplies.co.uk

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