Focus On: Underfloor Heating

8th Sep 2011 @ 10:19

One of the most common questions we get asked is Can I put underfloor heating below my oak flooring? A question that we looked to answer in a previous blog post which can be viewed by clicking here. But what exactly is Underfloor Heating? Well put simply, it is exactly what it says on the tin, it is a form of heat that comes from under your floor. It may surprise you to know, but the idea of heat below the flooring is not a modern one, in fact early ideas can be traced back to 10,000 BC. Most modern day underfloor heating systems use either an electric system or a hydronic system to heat up the floor.

Hydronic Systems

Hydronic underfloor heating systems are made up of a series of pipes which are available specifically for the job. Through these pipes the system uses water or a mixture of water and antifreeze as the heat transfer fluid. This fluid is continually circulated between the floor and the boiler. Unlike electric systems, hydronic systems also allow for space cooling when required.

Hydronic Underfloor Heating

Electric Systems

Electric underfloor heating systems use the likes of pre-formed cable mats, bronze mesh, and carbon films to heat the floor electronically. An electric underfloor heating system can be seen as much simpler to install as it uses much fewer components than a hydronic system.

Electric Underfloor Heating

As a quick reminder we do not recommend installing a underfloor heating system below a Solid Oak Flooring as this can lead to problems in the wood. For those looking to install underfloor heating with oak flooring, we always recommend Engineered Oak Flooring as it is much more durable and stabile in changing conditions. Special thanks to Beodom and Vasco Interiors for the above images.

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