Underfloor Heating: Flooring Ranked From Worst to Best
‘Those radiators have warmed up quickly’, said no one ever. If you’re fed up with high energy bills, cold feet and noisy radiators, you should consider another heating alternative that will save you time and money. It’s time to ditch the radiators and buy your home some well-earned underfloor heating. Just think about all the free space you’ll have for new furniture and artwork.
Radiators are so last year, which is why you need underfloor heating in your home. It’s energy-efficient, doesn’t circulate dust and can be laid in old and new homes in all shapes and sizes.
But before you buy anything, you need to know if underfloor heating is suitable for your floor. And if you’re new to the world of flooring and underfloor heating, it’s good to know what options are out there. Let’s look at the floors you can’t install over underfloor heating, so you don’t make any mistakes along the way.
These floors are no-gos
We don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer but, there are certain floors you can’t install over underfloor heating.
1. Cork flooring
It’s not recommended you install underfloor heating under cork flooring. Exposing it to heat can cause the cork to dry out and shrink. The last thing you want is a damaged floor!
2. Solid wood flooring
One floor you can’t install over underfloor heating is solid wood. The planks aren’t stable enough to deal with the changes in temperature, which can cause your boards to move and expand.
Now you know which floors are no-gos, let’s look at the ones you can install over underfloor heating.
3. Carpet and underfloor heating
Can you put underfloor heating under carpets? Yes! Underfloor heating can be fitted with most carpets. Although, the tog value of the underlay and carpet shouldn't exceed 2.5. While carpet can be an excellent insulator, it’s also a very poor thermal conductor. This means it will stop heat from circulating whereas wood absorbs heat keeping your home warmer for longer.
4. Tile & Stone and underfloor heating
Even though they are maybe cold underfoot, underfloor heating can take the chill off and keep your home for longer. And to top it off, they are the best floors for thermal conductivity. This means that the heat will spread out evenly.
One disadvantage with tiles and stone floors is that they can be unpleasant to walk on, especially in the colder months. To avoid cold feet, we recommend you set the heating around 21-22 degrees.
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5. Laminate and underfloor heating
If you’re looking to inject a bit of colour, or the look of wood into your home, laminate flooring is practical, low maintenance, underfloor heating friendly and water-resistant. Making it the no.1 choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
6. LVT and underfloor heating
Luxury vinyl tiles are also compatible with underfloor heating. The heat expands across the floor quickly, making it one of the best choices out there on the market.
SPC vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof, making it the best floor for rooms that are prone to getting wet. It's suitable to install over underfloor heating, which is great news if you want warm feet when you get out of the shower!
From SPC to WSPC, we have a great range of waterproof luxury vinyl tiles that will look stunning over in your home, with the added bonus of underfloor heating.
7. Engineered wood and underfloor heating
Durable, versatile and attractive. Engineered wood flooring is one of the best alternatives to solid wood. You can choose from different styles, colours and finishes ranging from unfinished oak to smoked walnut. And to top it off, engineered wood flooring is the perfect match for underfloor heating.
Engineered wood is constructed with multiple layers of recycled wood such as MDF and plywood. From the moment you switch your underfloor heating on, the heat travels upwards through the boards, allowing the wood to expand and contract due to the temperature changes. This keeps your home warmer for longer, which is a bonus if you love a cosy night in.
Want to know more about engineered wood and underfloor heating? Take a look at our blog post on why engineered wood works wonders with underfloor heating.
Something to consider – engineered wood is better at making sure the heat doesn’t escape into the room as quickly as other floors.
Whether it’s the vinyl flooring in your hallway, the laminate in your bathroom or the engineered wood in your kitchen, these floors are all suitable with underfloor heating.
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