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Which Flooring is Best for Underfloor Heating

If you’re getting new flooring to combat the cold, underfloor heating is a smart solution. With so many flooring options ranging from vinyl to carpets, it’s critical to pick the right one that will work with underfloor heating to keep you nice and warm during winter.

 

Stone & Tiles

Stone and tiles are excellent choices since they retain heat for the longest time and warm up quickly. This varies based on the type of tile or stone used, as they all consume and retain heat differently. Slate, porcelain, ceramic, and polished concrete are all excellent choices since they are both aesthetically pleasing and heat-resistant. Marble is the only stone that would not work well since it is difficult to maintain; however, if you want the look of marble, you can use a marble effect porcelain tile.

 

Engineered Wood

Underfloor heating can be used with engineered wood, however the temperature should not exceed 26 degrees Celsius. Multiple layers of plywood are used for the flooring, with a solid layer of wood on top. The top layer of wood should be no more than 5mm thick, and the overall board should be no more than 18mm thick. This type of flooring is an excellent option because it is both attractive and easy to maintain.

 

Laminate & Vinyl 

Laminate and vinyl flooring are the most cost-effective options. High-quality laminate and vinyl flooring can easily conduct heat and are simple to maintain, which is especially important if you have dogs or children. Another advantage of vinyl and laminate flooring is that it stays cool in the summer  when the heat is turned off.

Thin Carpet

Thin carpets are another excellent alternative, but keep in mind that they take longer to heat up but maintain their heat better than the other options. A thick carpet would be incompatible with underfloor heating, but a thin 2.5 tog carpet might be a preferable alternative. Due to the ability of carpets to trap heat, underfloor heating will gradually heat the entire room.

Carpets Leicester offers advice based on our 20+ years of experience, so if you’d like to talk more about these alternatives with a professional, give us a call now. Visit our store to see our large assortment of flooring alternatives and speak with a member of our helpful staff about your flooring needs.


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