Is Engineered Wood Flooring warm and can I fit underfloor heating underneath?
One of the most common concerns that our customers have when looking to buy wood flooring is about the warmth of the wooden boards. We’ll never change the fact that as a material, wood feels colder underfoot than carpet; however engineered wooden floorboards, as opposed to solid wood flooring, are much more suitable to be used with underfloor heating systems. Please see below for further advice on installing insulation and underfloor heating systems.
Insulate your floor before laying the boards.
Installing insulation to your flooring before fitting your floor boards can help to make your room feel noticeably warmer. An example of customers of ours who did exactly this can be found here. Interestingly according to the Energy Saving Trust, fitting insulation under your existing floor boards can save you up to £75 per year, making insulation a wise long term energy saving investment for your home. It can also help to prevent draughts rising through the boards and around areas of skirting, as well as act to lessen the noise of footsteps.
Install Underfloor Heating under your Engineered Wooden Flooring
All of the engineered oak and walnut flooring that we stock are compatible with underfloor heating systems. We have heard many scare stories about other brands of engineered wood flooring de-laminating with the heat of underfloor heating systems; however we have tried and tested our boards to the max – even boiling them! – And not once have we experienced any of our boards de-laminating. This is because all boards stocked by JFJ Wood Flooring are constructed using strong, quality plywood.
Our customers love their underfloor heating systems as they allow your floor to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter – it is flooring for all seasons! Earlier this year, we supplied Mr.Richardson with engineered oak flooring for the whole of his cottage in the North West of England, he says: ”The floor is warm to bare feet anyway but with the insulation and heating the warm up time is quick and the heating effect delightful” Read Mr. Richardson’s full testimonial here.
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.