Which flooring is best for underfloor heating?

Installing underfloor heating

Which flooring is best for underfloor heating? Looking for the most effective flooring for your underfloor heating can feel like a challenge right; Leaving you confused on which to buy. After all, it needs to be just right. This is why we thought this would be a fabulous question to dig into this week.

Best flooring for underfloor heating

Did you know that there isn’t one specific flooring that comes out on top when it comes to under-floor heating? In fact, the majority of the flooring offered is a suitable choice. ‘The only difference between which floor finish to use with an underfloor system is the thermal conductivity of the material’. Meaning you have a superb range of flooring to choose from to suit the look and feel of your home.

What flooring to choose

With the majority of floors working with underfloor heating, it may make the decision of which to choose even more difficult. To help make the decision easier, bear in mind the overall features you want your floor to offer. Let’s have a look at the choices in more depth:

  • Ceramic and stone tiles: An excellent choice for under-floor heating as it retains heat extremely well; making the system efficent.(Recommended for high heat-loss areas, like conservatories) The down side to tiles, it that is is a soilid service making it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time.
Tiled underfloor heating
  • Resin: As resin is waterproof, it can be installed on underfloor heating. It is also a material that offers comfort, tenderness and is very satisfying to touch. Let’s not forget resin floorings are sterile and require little effort to clean.
  • Vinyl and linoleum: – Can be used with under-floor heating. A flooring type that heats up and cools down rather quickly. Vinyl is ususally subject to a top temperature restriction, so it is no recommended to be used in high heat loss areas.
  • Hard Flooring: Different types of hardwood flooring offer different thermal properties, These need to be beared in mind when selecting which one to use with underfloor heating. Remember: The denser and the thinner the floorboards are, the better they conduct heat and typically more suitable they are for use with underfloor heating.
  • Capets: A comfortable, cosy option which works well with under-floor heating, but bear in mind the following: You need to ensure the carpet material or underlay does not act as a insulator blocking the heat. If you do decide on carpet, make sure that both the carpet and underlay do no exceed 2.5 tog.

How we can help you

We at Higgins Flooring have everything covered for you. And that doesn’t stop when it comes to underfloor heating. We work with specialist products like heat-retaining underlays, and hardwood flooring, all provided by locally sourced manufacturers, such as Ball & Young and EGGER.

We have a team full of flooring gurus, who are on hand to help you with your underfloor heating project. For a no-obligation chat get in Contact.