Wood and Laminate Underfloor Heating

Both Warmup electric and water based systems can be used with wood flooring and laminate flooring. Our wide range of products ensure that you have the perfect solution for heating wood floor.

Compatible with Electric and Water Systems

 

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A maximum floor surface temperature for laminate and wood flooring is  27°C. This top temperature restriction is secured by using a thermostat which controls the heating system. Our thermostats are specifically designed for use with and to protect your flooring; automatically keeping your floor surface at a consistently safe and pleasant temperature while maximising the energy efficiency of your heating system.

You should also note that this maximum floor temperature means a certain maximum heat output so if you’re thinking of using underfloor heating as the sole source of heat, you should get a heat loss calculation done in order to ensure that underfloor heating meets the room heating requirement. If you need help with a heat loss calculation, our expert team is available to help you on 0345 345 2288.

Both electric underfloor heating as well as water underfloor heating are compatible systems to be used under a laminate or wood flooring. Roughly put, electric systems are more popular systems with renovations and small to medium sized spaces and water products are more popular in new builds and large areas.

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Wood and Laminate Flooring for Underfloor Heating

When choosing the wood or laminate flooring ensure that the material is as dense as possible for good thermal conductivity. The more dense the wood, the better it transfers heat. Also, the thinner the flooring material and the higher the density, the shorter the heat-up time and more responsive the underfloor system will be.

Both laminate and wood floor make a good floor covering to go with underfloor heating as long as the wood is not overly thick. We recommend that wood or laminate thickness should be no more than 18mm as any thicker than this will hinder the efficient performance of the system. When it comes to the board width, wider boards will often show more “movement” than more narrow boards of the same material, so we recommend that the ratio of thickness to width should be in the region of 7 to 11. A board with a thickness of 16mm and width of 160mm would give a ratio of 10, so it is ideal. It is always good to double check with the flooring supplier the floor covering’s suitability for use with underfloor heating.

The most used radiant floor heating system for wood and laminate floors is the Foil Heater. However, the right system for your project to go depends on the size of the room, floor height, and many other factors. To help with deciding which system to choose, read our Buying Guide or contact us.

Everything above the heater, including underlay, overlay and final floor finish need to be in the limits set in the table below. If the manufacturer of the wood flooring states that it must be used in conjunction with an underlay, the underlay must be no more than 3mm – 6mm thick and breathable.

When using the system with wood flooring, care should be taken to ensure effective performance of the system and we do not recommend installing the system if the limits below are not met. This may hinder the performance of the system and result in the system not working as desired.

Transfer of heat limits
Tog No more than 2.5
RSI  No more than 0.25
R-Value (US) No more than 1.42
U-Value No less than 4.0

Everything above the heater, including underlay, overlay and final floor finish need to be in the limits set in the table below. If the manufacturer of the wood flooring states that it must be used in conjunction with an underlay, the underlay must be no more than 3mm – 6mm thick and breathable.

When using the system with wood flooring, care should be taken to ensure effective performance of the system and we do not recommend installing the system if the limits below are not met. This may hinder the performance of the system and result in the system not working as desired.

 

Transfer of heat limits
Tog No more than 2.5
RSI  No more than 0.25
R-Value (US) No more than 1.42
U-Value No less than 4.0

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