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Flooring for Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating can be used under virtually any floor finish. The best floor type for underfloor heating is flooring with a good thermal conductivity to enhance the floor to heat up quicker, give more heat output and run more efficiently. The only difference between which floor finish to use with an underfloor heating system is the thermal conductivity of the material.

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Tile & Stone

Due to the excellent thermal properties, tile and stone are ideal for use with underfloor heating in high heat loss areas such as conservatories. They can be heated to up to 29°C or more, giving a high heat output of up to 200W/m². Tile and stone also retain heat well making the system efficient.


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Laminate

Laminate flooring is perfect for use with underfloor heating. The key is to ensure thermal conductivity, which is best when using more dense laminate. So the thinner the flooring material and the higher the density, the shorter the heat-up time and more responsive the system will be.


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Wood

Wooden floors offer great flexibility in the home. Different types of wood flooring have different thermal properties. The denser and the thinner the floor boards or natural wood floors are, the better they conduct heat and typically more suitable they are for use with underfloor heating.


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Carpet

Carpet is suitable for use with UFH 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 1.5 tog in order for the system to provide sufficient heat output.


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Vinyl

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 27°C, limiting the heat output so they are not recommended in high heat loss areas such as older conservatories.


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Concrete

Due to their high thermal-mass, concrete floors are ideal for use with UFH. Concrete provides quick heat-up times and retains heat well, even storing the warmth produced by solar gain, making a heated polished concrete floor a great option for your home.


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Best Flooring to Use with UFH

Our range of electric and water underfloor heating systems offer great flexibility for use with all floor finishes in your home. The best type of flooring to use with underfloor heating is arguably tile and stone. Tile and stone have high thermal conductivity, meaning that the heat from an underfloor heating pipe or wire transfers to the floor surface quickly. Our DCM-PRO Heated Decoupling System is an innovative electric floor heater than has been specifically designed for use with tile and stone floor finishes.

Engineered timber is the best type of wood flooring to use with an underfloor heating system as it performs well with changes in floor temperature. Other wood flooring and laminate flooring may also be used, but with softer and less dense wood attention must be paid to the thickness of floorboards so that the floorboards do not act as an insulator blocking the heat. As a general rule for wood flooring, the floor surface temperature must not exceed 27°C.

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Installing Insulation with Your Floor Finish

We recommend installing good quality insulation with your new electric or water underfloor heating system. Insulation reduces heat-loss in your home, keeping the heat produced by the floor heater in the room. Our insulation products also improve the heat-up times of our systems – greater enhancing the energy-efficiency of underfloor heating and offering even lower long-term running costs.

All wet systems come with accompanying insulation panels and our electric heaters can be installed alongside our Insulation Boards or Ultralight Underfloor Heating Boards. All our insulation products work with every floor type.

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