Thermalboard vs
Uponor Quik Trak or Viega Climate Panel

Brand Names: Viega’s Climate Panel and Uponor’s Quik Trak are the same product under different brand names

Made of grooved 1/2” thick plywood with the aluminum on the underside using very small 5/16” PEX pipe.

Issues to Consider

Performance:

In both these products, the aluminum is on the bottom of the board rather on the top in direct contact with flooring goods, a choice driven by patenting considerations, not thermal performance. Plywood has a high thermal resistance (4 times more resistance than concrete) so the system performance is significantly impeded. These products accurately publish performance data showing the need for far higher supply water temperatures than Thermalboard to meet the same load. Higher temperatures mean lower efficiency and higher utility bills.

Tubing: The choice of ½” plywood forces the use of a very small specialty PEX tubing (5/16”) that requires many more, shorter loops with the resulting additional manifold drops OR the use of excessively long loops for this size tubing resulting in energy inefficient high head pumping. Either way is an unattractive choice.

Design:

  • Better Efficiency: Thermalboard is significantly more efficient than either product resulting in lower operating costs. Factory charts below show these products need MUCH higher water temperature than Thermalboard to meet a heating load.
  • Design: Thermalboard provides board design layout. Quik Trak/Climate Panel do not.
  • Better Response: Thermalboard responds faster than Climate Panel or Quik Trak.
  • Better Tubing Size. Thermalboard uses larger tubing requiring fewer manifold drops.

Cost Competitive

Thermalboard is directly competitive with Quik Trak or Climate Panel, delivered factory direct to your job site.

Less Expensive Installation

These products use very small, specialized tubing than force the need for short radiant loops and more loops resulting in more manifolds and overall more labor.

Thermalboard:

Quik Trak:

Performance Data: For purposes of comparison, select a given R-value (resistance of radiant system and flooring goods)… let’s say R-1. Follow that line down to 20 (btu/su/ft) output on the x-axis and then straight down to the water temperature required to meet that load, at the bottom. The lower the temperature, the more efficient the system type.

This data is provided by the particular manufacturer or from the Design Manual of Zurn Radiant, a leading manufacturer of radiant tubing.

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