What Floor Coverings Are Most Suitable for Underfloor Heating?
There are several different kinds of flooring suitable for underfloor heating, but as with the forms of underfloor heating themselves it is always dependent on what is best for an individual property. Having looked at the suitability of different forms of underfloor heating in the past, now we’ll take a quick look at the choices of flooring.
Underfloor heating systems powered by hot water and central heating are common, and laminate flooring is often the right choice for properties with such a system. The flooring is solid enough to provide comfort and protection, yet thin enough to allow the heat to flow.
As long as laminate flooring is laid on top of a cushioning layer and a membrane, it is very suitable. Floorboards are also an option, although underfloor heating will work best with boards of a thickness of 25mm or under.
The boards themselves should be acclimatised to the temperature of the room before fitting, to ensure they don’t warp under the influence of the underfloor heating. Pine boards are not recommended, and the water temperature used for the heating itself should be a little higher than normal to compensate for the insulating properties of the wood.