One of the many benefits of fitting a quality engineered wooden floor in your home is its compatibility with underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is not only an effective and luxurious heating solution but also a great way to save space. However there are a number of important factors to consider when laying your engineered wooden floor over UFH.
- Make sure the underfloor heating has been turned on before the flooring is laid. This will not only test the system but it may also drive out any moisture that is still within the screed. It's important that this is done before any flooring is laid
- Make sure when laying flooring over screed that the screed is completely dry. The moisture content of the screed should be below 3%. Some adhesives and underlays recommend different levels of moisture content of your concrete subfloor so make sure you check the instructions on each individual product you are using.
- It is recommended that the underfloor heating is turned off before insulation has started.
- It is also reccommended that the underfloor heating is turned down low or off if/when you treat the floor using Treatex hardwax oil. More information on this can be found on their website.
- Make sure to read and follow all instructions that are provided with your underfloor heating and screed.
- Always consult us if there is anything at all you are unsure of. This also applies to the underfloor heating suppliers.
- When you turn your heating on it is recommended that you turn up gradually in small increments.
- Do not make dramatic changes to the surface temperate.
- Do not have unevenly displaced heat. There should be no hot spots in the subfloor.
- Steam mops or excessive amounts of water are not recommended for cleaning the floor. This is the same whether you have underfloor heating or not. Cleaning and maintenance instructions are dependent on what the flooring is treated with.
- We would not recommend that you have heavy rugs, matts or other similar materials covering the flooring. This can cause the boards to heat up more than is recommended which can cause stresses in the board greatly increasing the chances of movement and changes within the floor. It can also cause discolouration.
About the author
Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd
Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over 7 years in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.