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Underfloor heating is a fantastic and eco-friendly choice to heat your home. Read which floors are compatible with underfloor heating below.

Written by: Yarl Christie

Published on: May 12, 2020

What Types of Flooring can be Installed with Underfloor Heating?

There is nothing nicer than a warm, toasty floor that keeps you cosy any day of the year. Underfloor heating is a fantastic and eco-friendly choice to heat your home. However, this heating system requires your floor to be in close contact with the intricate design of the pipes - for this reason, some flooring materials are not compatible to be laid over underfloor heating.

Which Floors are Compatible with Underfloor Heating?

Discover the types of floors compatible with underfloor heating below.

Underfloor Heating with Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a great choice to use with underfloor heating. Most laminate flooring manufacturers have engineered their products to adapt to rapid temperature changes, making them a perfect floor covering for underfloor heating.

Laminate flooring should not be exposed to direct heat above 27 degrees so always check with the specific instructions given by the manufacturer.

Underfloor Heating with Solid Wood Flooring

It’s not recommended to use solid wood flooring with underfloor heating systems. Solid wood planks do not respond well to high heat or dramatic changes in temperature. It affects the planks and causes problems like warping, buckling, shrinkage, and leads to large gaps in the floor. These problems are really damaging and will ultimately kill the lifespan of the floor.

Engineered Flooring with Underfloor Heating

Engineered wood flooring is perhaps the best material on the market to use with underfloor heating. ne of the main advantages of engineered wood planks is that they are literally ‘engineered’ and designed to withstand the temperature and close contact with heating pipes. Their multi-layered construction allows heat to pass through the planks without warping, buckling or affecting the wear-layer of the floor. You can read more about what engineered wooden floors are here.

Installing Wooden Parquet Flooring with Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating with Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tiles have come a long way in their design and manufacturing; most of the leading brands have now created vinyl tiles and planks to be very compatible with underfloor heating systems. Luxury vinyl floor tiles spread the heat around really effectively, meaning that you can heat your home effectively and save money on your energy bill. These floors come with many benefits and we have a comprehensive guide on what LVT flooring is here, should you want to know more.

Underfloor Heating with SPC Flooring

All SPC flooring, like LVT, is compatible with underfloor heating. This is one of the main advantages of SPC floors along with their durable characteristics and but in underlay.

With them having an attached underlay, it not only enhances the underfloor heating but also has the convenience of not having to install it separately. You can discover more about SPC flooring here.

Always remember to check with the flooring manufacturer that the covering is suitable for underfloor heating.

You can shop our fantastic range of heating compatible floors below

Browse our engineered wooden floors here

Browse our LVT floors here

Browse our SPC floors here

Browse our laminate floors here

About The Author

Yarl Christie

Yarl is the Managing Director of Stories Flooring. started his career in the flooring industry by becoming a floor fitter at the age of 18 (2004). Yarl finally decided to move with the times and set up an online flooring store (Flooring Yorkshire, 2018). He works closely with the business managers and resource team to source new products from wholesalers, which in turn brings down the sale price. This enables Stories Flooring to be one of the leading UK flooring retailers.