What flooring is best for under-floor heating?

The first question one comes up with after deciding for under-floor heating is what type of flooring will be the best option for that.

There are several options of flooring that can be suitable for under-floor heating. Tiles and stone definitely tend to be the most appropriate option since they convoy the temperature the fastest and are able to hold the heat in them for the longest. Different kinds of tiles may carry out the above mentioned processes at a different pace, but still, their features overweigh in thermodynamics. The only setback for this choice is that the tile flooring is difficult and expensive to replace.

Engineered wood flooring can also be compatible with under-floor heating. The reason is that they consist of ply layers covered with solid wood on top. The top layer should be no thicker than 5 mm for it to be suitable for under-floor heating, and the recommended thickness for the whole board is up to 18 mm. These will enable the heat to pass through adequately and serve the purpose. It will be even better if the engineered wood boards are glued to one another, for the glue eases how the wood will deal with the temperature switches.    

In case of the laminate floor, it works similarly as with the engineered wood flooring, however here the temperature should not be above 27 °C. The same is to be said about the vinyl floorings. They are also durable in case of temperature shifts, no discoloration or any change in the look has been noticed.


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