Colder months are approaching and while you might have purchased heating appliances and taken proactive measures to keep your family warm, have you considered underfloor heating combined with wooden engineered flooring? If not, you should. Most flooring types do not permit the inclusion of underfloor heating, including some wooden floorings, however, engineered flooring certainly does. Now you can enjoy the aesthetic beauty of wooden floors and the warmth that underfloor heating brings with it.
Suitable for use over underfloor heating, wooden engineered flooring can be combined easily and effectively with electrical and hot-water heating methods. For all that, it is still very important to follow installation instructions from your flooring supplier, as well as the recommendations from your underfloor heating system supplier. If the flooring and heating system is properly installed, you’ll have long-lasting and beautiful flooring with the added comfort of cosy warmth during the colder months.
Advice From The Professionals
To ensure that this combination of wooden engineered flooring and underfloor heating works well together, it’s vital to ensure the surface temperature of the floor never exceeds 27 degrees celsius. Ideally, you want a temperature of 23 degrees over the entire floor area to produce a comfortable room temperature of about 21 degrees.
As underfloor heating can cause wood to dry, contract and shrink, be sure to apply suitable products on your engineered wood flooring to reduce the risk of gaps forming. While you do want warm floors, you definitely don’t want concaved flooring which is warped in one place and displaying ugly gaps in another.
When installing underfloor heating be sure your wood floor is laid close to the subfloor to avoid air gaps. These gaps will cause your wooden engineered flooring to dry out fast – and you don’t want that! Better yet, use cardboard as the intermediate layer as it has a lower thermal resistance. Whatever your choice of material, as recommended by your supplier, the floor construction must have a heat-distributing layer which provides even temperature over the whole floor area and prevents high temperatures occurring in certain spots.
Finally, a vapour barrier must be built while constructing the floor and it is important that it is placed as close to the wooden floor as possible.
Winter Is Coming So Call Us
To learn more about wooden engineered flooring, as well as combining it with underfloor heating, contact us today at The Wooden Floor Company. With years of experience in the industry, and the highest level of workmanship to go with it, we’ll warm up your house before the cold of winter sets in!