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Can I use Underfloor Heating with Solid or Engineered Wood Flooring

  • March 7, 2017

This is a question that gets asked quite regularly and each time it is asked the answer will always be slightly different.

The answer will depend on a number of variables:

  • The wood type
  • The type of Underfloor Heating
  • Atmospherics in the room (Moisture content etc)

Underfloor Heating Mat While it is possible to have a solid wood floor with underfloor heating should you wish, manufacturers do not recommend putting these two together.

This is due to solid wood floors having a tendancy to shrink and expand under changes in temperature – most people have seen a wooden door that has expanded so it is hard (if not impossible) to open – this is the same with solid wood floors.

Engineered Wood  is more stable due to the way it has been treated. It is made from Multiple layers of real wood which is then stuck together with an adhesive and pressed using high levels of pressure.

This treatment gives engineered wood higher levels of durability and stability , which is what you really need for underfloor heating.

There are also other positives that engineered flooring has over it’s solid counterpart – various ranges of wood, colour and thicknesses, giving you the ability to change your home without compromising on style or price.

With engineered flooring generally you can choose from having a bevelled edge for a rustic feel or a squared edge for that seamless finish.

Room Shot Next StepThe one thing that you need to really remember is that it is still wood, and to keep it at its best when partnering it with an

underfloor heating system of any type is that controlling the moisture level in the atmosphere and controlling the heat of the system are very important.

Make the temperature too hot, the moisture levels will decrease and the wood will dry out causing the wood to warp and/or crack.

So while you can use an Underfloor heating system with a wooden floor, it is best to do so with an engineered wood floor such as the Aspect, Next Step or Woodland collections as opposed to the Solid wood floor like the Virginia.

If you have any questions regarding wood flooring or underfloor heating, please feel free to get in touch with one of the Atlas team who will be more than happy to answer any queries.


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