Underfloor heating is a a great way to keep your home warm and cosy, distributing heat evenly around your rooms and removing the need for wall-mounted radiators. It's especially popular in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, where floors are prone to being cold underfoot - underfloor heating makes these spaces warm and inviting at any time of year.
Those who are unfamiliar with the logistics of underfloor heating may be a little daunted when it comes to making this change in their home, especially with regards to fitting a new floor above your heating system. If you're considering installing underfloor heating but are worried that your flooring options may be limited, you'll be happy to know that most types of flooring are suitable for underfloor heating, with a variety of options available to suit all tastes and budgets.
In fact, the only flooring options which present major suitability issues for heated floors are solid wood and thick carpeting. Hardwood boards are unsuitable due to the way they react to temperature changes, which can lead to the floor becoming warped. Carpets with thick materials or underlay present a problem due to their insulative properties, which can actually prevent the heat from making its way to the surface effectively.
This still leaves you with lots of options that perform brilliantly with underfloor heating. Here's a closer look at just some of the flooring products that we can supply for underfloor heating:
If you want to underfloor heating AND an authentic wood floor, engineered flooring is the way to go. Those boards cope well with changes in temperature (more so than their solid wood counterparts), and the real wood veneer will look absolutely stunning once the floor has been laid.
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All of the floors in our Parquet collection use engineered wood boards, so they are compatible with underfloor heating systems too. Choose from the traditional oak look or a boldly contemporary black design.
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Most laminate flooring products are suitable for installation on top of underfloor heating, and luckily enough, there are all sorts of great laminate designs for you to choose from. Rustic wood, high gloss tiles, colourful patterns...whatever look you're going for, there's sure to be a laminate for you! Laminate flooring is a great choice if you're looking for an affordable, practical alternative to wood flooring that's hard-wearing and easy to keep clean.
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Want to know whether your chosen floor is compatible with underfloor heating? Just look for this symbol as you browse the Floormaker website:
If in doubt, feel free to contact us for advice.