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What is the best flooring for underfloor heating? – warmup

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Engineered timber

  • The best wood flooring to use with underfloor heating
  • Performs well with the changing floor temperature and adapts to the changing moisture content

    Solid hardwood

    Prone to humidity and temperature changes which could result in gapping, cupping and crowning. Care must be taken when considering use with underfloor heating to ensure compatibility and high enough heat output ” always check with the manufacturer about suitability for use with underfloor heating

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    Soft woods Suitable for use with underfloor heating, but attention must be paid to the thickness of floor boards to ensure high enough heat output

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    Parquet floor

    Available in either solid wood or engineered timber and most types are suitable for use with underfloor heating

    Bamboo Similar to engineered wood in construction and as it is a good conductor of heat, it is well suited for use with underfloor heating

    Installation tips: underfloor heating with wood flooring

    Wood is a natural material which is affected by the humidity of the environment around the material. This is why it’s important to ensure the correct moisture content of wood flooring during installation and the correct heating cycle when installing underfloor heating

    Engineered timber can be laid directly over underfloor heating with floating floor or batten/joisted system. Boards less than 3/4″ (20mm) thick should be supported and fixed to provide suitable structural support. Low tog underlays are recommended when installing the boards over screed


    This synthetic floor simulates wood and offers a stain and scratch resistant floor finish. It’s easy to lay and a cost effective solution. Most laminates are suitable for use with underfloor heating, but it is advisable to check with the flooring manufacturer before installing the system.


    Vinyl flooring can be safely used with underfloor heating. Vinyl heats up and cools down quickly. Vinyl floors are subject to a top floor temperature restriction, usually 80.6В°F (27В°C), limiting the heat output so they are not recommended in high heat loss areas such as older sunrooms.


    Rubber can be used with underfloor heating. Solid rubber flooring is usually very conductive making it heat up fast and provide high heat output. Always consult the manufacturer to ensure suitability for use with underfloor heating.


    Carpet is suitable for use with underfloor heating, provided that the material of the carpet or underlay does not act as an insulator blocking the heat. The total tog of all materials, including any under and overlays, must not exceed 2.5 tog in order for the system to provide sufficient heat output.

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