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Originally posted 16th November 2022

Last updated 5th May 2023

What is the Best Floor for Underfloor Heating?

As the days draw in and the temperatures drop, homes across the country will be...

Simon Golder

Product Analyst

3 min read
Written by Expert

As the days draw in and the temperatures drop, homes across the country will be looking at ways to keep homes warm throughout Autumn and Winter, but whilst there are still a few weeks to go before the chill sets in, it may be worth looking into ways to improve your home that could help save the pennies for many years to come.

Underfloor heating has often been seen as a luxury that only certain homes would gain benefit from, but as this has become more widely available, how do you know what is the best flooring type for underfloor heating?

Engineered Wood Flooring

engineered vs laminate vs solid wood


A great choice for underfloor heating would be engineered wood flooring due to its durability and its ability to cope with changes in temperature. When it comes to what flooring is best, there are some considerations such as the thickness of the wood flooring to ensure the floor heats ups quickly, cost of the flooring ahead of the installation and of course the patterns of laying of the flooring to ensure it’s most effective for the conduction of heat. You can read more about wood flooring and underflooring in our full guide.

Pros: Good conductivity / variety of colours and styles / stylish for all home / suitable for most rooms

Cons: Temperature monitoring / thickness dependent on conductivity / don’t confuse with solid wood flooring.

 
Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Perfect for DIYers looking for a great alternative to wood and a simple and quick installation of new flooring, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are a great choice for underfloor heating due to the conductivity that the thinner planks provide compared to tiles or wood. 

Pros: Good conductivity / easy installation / flexibility in flooring allows for the expansion and contraction of the heat. 

Cons: Stability / Temperature monitoring / Levelling of flooring

 

Laminate

Laminate flooring close up

Similar to luxury vinyl tiles, laminate is a great choice as a more affordable flooring solution if you’re investing in underfloor heating. Whether you already have laminate laid or you’re on a new flooring journey, laminate may be the right choice if you’re looking for a solution in high traffic areas that have little to no moisture.

Pros: Good conductivity / easy installation / suitable for high traffic areas

Cons: Stability / Temperature monitoring / Levelling of flooring / not suitable for bathrooms

 

Ceramic, Stone or Porcelain Tiles

Popular in bathrooms and kitchens due to their waterproof properties, solid flooring such as stone and ceramic are great conductors and perfect for those areas that are at risk of moisture. Rooms with tiles tend to benefit from underfloor heating because of their naturally cold properties, but this can also mean this type of flooring is only used sparsely in the home.

Pros: Good conductivity / suitable for high traffic areas / great for bathrooms / feel the most benefit

Cons: Installation / Versatility / levelling of flooring

 

Carpet

There is no real need for underfloor heating for carpeted flooring but it is still available for those that want additional cosiness, however it’s not suitable for all carpet types, so it is best to speak with your supplier if your new or existing carpets are suitable.

Pros: Additional warmth / holds the heat for longer / ideal for bedrooms

Cons: Not suitable with all carpets / requires more considerations when installing /  not most energy efficient

Whatever you choose, it’s important to keep ensure you get the best advice and products for your home from a reputable supplier such as us at Factory Direct Flooring. For more information on how to add underfloor heating to your home, contact us today.

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About the Author

Simon Golder, Product Analyst

Simon has been a key team player with over 20 years experience, he started his love of wood as a carpenter before joining our team. He is heavily involved with every product that we offer, looking at all the key aspects including finishes, colours and performance. Simon is responsible for all of the images shown throughout our website, making sure that we give the very best realistic view of all our products.