UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS: BEST FLOORING OPTIONS
In Floor Heating Systems are one of the best and the most convenient ways to warm up the house. Such a heating system not only makes your home cozy but can also be installed in your driveway to remove the snow during the winters, so you no longer have to shovel it out. One way to get the best out of your heating system is by using a suitable flooring material that will evenly spread the heat. Whether you are building a new house or renovating an old one, having the right flooring can change the house’s temperature. We have listed below some of the materials which are best paired up with the underfloor heating system.
- Concrete, Tiles, and Stones:
Tile and stone-based floorings are the best floorings to opt for with an underfloor heating system. They are both great conductors of heat and transfer heat quite quickly to the surface of the floor. They can also retain heat, which would help to bring down the cost of your energy bill. They are the perfect option for those houses which lose heat quite quickly. ¾ inch is the ideal thickness, anything ticker than that can take longer to heat up.
Ceramic and stone tiles are thinner, which means they heat up quickly and transfer heat quite well. Such flooring is also easier to clean. Polished concrete, slate, and flagstone flooring also heat up quickly and work well with water and electric underfloor heating. They are both durable. In comparison, marble flooring takes longer to heat up due to its thickness.
- Wooden Flooring:
Suppose you are a fan of wooden flooring, no worries. You can opt for certain kinds of wooden floorboards. Floorboards that are dense and thinner are great conductors of heat. When you use an underfloor heating system, there is a lot of fluctuation in temperature. So it is best to opt for engineered timber over those which have a more natural finish. However, even engineered wood can never go beyond the temperature of 80 degrees. The moisture content of the wood also has a significant role to play. Ensure that the wood flooring you are opting for is compatible. Whenever you are picking out wooden flooring, make sure you pay close attention to the flooring’s thickness as it can impact the heat output. You should get expert advice before making any final decision.
These are some of the best-suited flooring materials. They are available in various colors. Before you decide on this flooring, make sure to check with the manufacturer.
- Vinyl or Rubber:
Vinyl is a great conductor of heat. Hence, it heats up faster. It is a good and cheaper alternative to stone or wooden flooring. But it never heats beyond 80 degrees.
It is one of the most effective flooring options. Ensure an underlay that doesn’t act as a heat insulator stops the heat from rising to the carpet. The carpet should not have a 2.5 or more tog rating.