What is the best type of flooring to use with underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating can be a great way to generate warmth in your home. As well as being an effective source of heat, underfloor heating methods can be cheaper to run than a standard system. In addition, the space gained from an underfloor heating system gives you more flexibility when it comes to interior décor and room design.
However, when you have underfloor heating, it’s important to ensure that you have appropriate flooring. While the wrong floor coverings could lead to issues, the best flooring will ensure your underfloor heating keeps you warm and cosy all year long!
Choosing Your New Flooring
Whether you’re purchasing a new home or renovating an existing property, the flooring you choose will have a significant impact on the overall feel. From carpets and laminates to tiles and natural stone there is plenty to consider when you’re choosing your flooring.
If you have underfloor heating, you will want to ensure that the flooring you choose can withstand the heat that’s produced. In some cases, the wrong flooring material could become damaged when exposed to heat over long periods of time.
Fortunately, tiles and porcelain flooring have the durable properties you’re looking for. As neither tiling or porcelain will warp, crack or soften when exposed to heat, you can be sure that they will complement your underfloor heating system without any negative effects.
In fact, the long-lasting nature of a tiled floor means that tiling can be the most cost-effective option for flooring in your new home. Typically, a tiled floor is more hard-wearing than other options, which means it won’t succumb to damage as easily as carpets or laminate might. As a result, your tiled floors will stand the test of time alongside your underfloor heating system.
Heat Conductivity & Flooring
As well as making sure your preferred flooring option won’t be damaged by underfloor heating, you’ll need to confirm that it is able to conduct heat effectively. Poor heat conductors will prevent a significant amount of heat from reaching the rooms in your home, effectively trapping it underneath the floor.
Of course, this will minimise the impact of your underfloor heating system and you may find it difficult to keep your house warm as a result. In general, poor flooring choices can result in homeowners setting their heating system to a higher temperature and leaving it on for longer. If you don’t want your energy bills to spiral, it’s essential to choose flooring which will conduct heat from underneath the floor well.
Choosing Tiles for Your Underfloor Heating System
When it comes to thermal conductivity, stone and porcelain tiles are your best option. As they are the densest of all flooring options, they have high thermal conductivity, meaning they are capable of transferring heat quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, both stone and tiling retain heat well, which means you’ll get maximum impact from your underfloor heating system.
With a wide range of colours, styles and finishes, tiled flooring can be a stunning addition in any home. While you can enhance your décor with tiling of your choice, you’ll also find it’s the best type of flooring to complement underfloor heating systems as it is also the most economically friendly and cost-effective option. If you have any questions or would like to learn more then please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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