Who can fit it?
DiscreteHeat have a growing list of authorised ThermaSkirt distributors & installers; so call us to see if there is one near you. If not, a competent and recommended-by-friend-plumber or joiner can install – ask about our training days. We recommend that you download the instructions and the templates from our Technical Information section.
These templates will give you the pipe positions & heights for your installation that will ensure a speedy and trouble fee installation. DOWNLOAD THEM! It will save you a load of hassle!
How easy is it to fit ThermaSkirt?
If you download the pipe & fitting templates from Technical Information, it will make your job a lot easier. It's more involved than a radiator, but simpler than skirting as there is no mitering, butt & scribing or filling and caulking. When it’s finished you will be pleasantly surprised not just how it performs, but also how it looks.
Is it a DIY job?
It certainly can be. If you are not happy to do the plumbing side of things, get a plumber to put your pipes in for you. Download the templates for them to install them in the right place:
Don't let them fob you off! If the pipes are right, the rest is easy! You can design on-line which will give you the cut lengths and you can decide where the best pipe positions are. Order on-line or buy in full lengths up to 6m (cheaper) and fit it yourself. We have on-line technical help by email 24/7 and our office hours help-line is 0845-1238367.
Remember: Boilers and other gas heating equipment need to be fitted by a Gas Safe (formerly CORGI) registered installer – pipework and radiators do not.
Ask about our ThermaSkirt training day – we come to your site and show you how it’s done. It’s chargeable, but it will speed up the job and probably save you money in the end.
What about the walls?
ThermaSkirt can be fitted to brick & blockwork walls, timber studding & partitioning, new or existing build. Like a skirting board, you will need a good fixing so check your walls are sound, or you can identify where the studs are. If you are wet plastering, ensure you plaster down to within 50mm at least of the floor. If practical, you could install a timber ‘ground’ to plaster down to which will provide you a really good stable fixing. If it’s a particularly old and crooked property, you may need to provide a timber back-board, especially if you walls are not vertical for the bottom 6~8" (150-200mm). ThermaSkirt can accept a certain amount of flex along its length if the wall isn’t straight, but at corners and intersections, the corner covers require a good vertical alignment. If your walls are really bad, call us on 0845-1238367 as we have some new and specific solutions to your problem.
Will it affect my floors?
ThermaSkirt is above ground so is unaffected by and will not affect your final floor covering, such as timber, carpet, laminate or vinyl. Bear in mind the thickness of your likely final floor covering if it’s not already down. You can install ThermaSkirt at the right height to allow for it and save you the job of trimming the bottom (removable) cover.
How do I go across doorways, archways and other obstacles?
We have a threshold kit that provides all the fittings needed to connect two pipes (not provided) hidden in the floor to a depth of around 50mm. This kit allows the flow & return to 'duck under' openings such as doors and fireplaces and continue the system on the other side. We now also have an 'Architrave Kit' that routes the flow & return up and over the doorway.
For more info, go to: Technical Information.
I have a room longer than 6m what do I do?
We have an in-line joining piece that allows two lengths of ThermaSkirt to be joined end to end for walls over 6m. A simple cover hides the joint. If designing on-line, any lengths greater than 6m are automatically divided by the computer program into 2 equal halves, so any join is in the middle. If you want it anywhere else just ask, as we can ensure that it's positioned in a place that may be out of sight altogether.
What about the corner pieces, why are they proud of the skirting?
How often do you sit & stare at the skirting boards? The corners allow for the skirting to expand as it heats up and therefore they have to be over the ends of the skirting. They are only 1.2mm thick so unless you look hard you won't notice them and the colour match process ensures they are practically invisible. In 90% of installations the corners are hidden by furniture and fittings.