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Wood Flooring and Under Floor Heating

Wood Flooring and Under Floor Heating


Posted in Wood Flooring Underlay by Source on January 31st 2015
During winter, most people would rely on their fireplace, while others would depend on their radiators. The most common problem that people have with these heat-delivering devices, however, is that they are only concentrated on one place. As a result, not all parts of the house receives the same warmth.

Is there a solution for this setback? Yes there is! Under floor heating is a great solution for heating the house evenly. It is practical on both new and old houses. It essentially involves an easy installation mechanism that allows homeowners to do-it-yourself. Knowing what you need, however, is a different story, especially for wood flooring.

Is under floor heating advisable on wood flooring?

Underfloor heating and wood flooring actually work well together. Wood is flexible, and expands when exposed to heat and contracts when it is cold. This allows for a better transfer and regulated passage of heat through wood. Engineered wood flooring then is perfect for under floor heating.

Noting that, wood flooring of course cannot just be installed over an underfloor heating setup. This might cause serious damage to the wood flooring. It is advisable to have an underfloor heating underlay and to place the underfloor heating in screed.

An underfloor heating underlay would have the standard features like noise reduction and moisture barrier. When installing underfloor heating underlay, it is important to consider where it will be installed. For example, if the underfloor heating is installed on higher floors, an underfloor heating underlay with a high noise reduction rating is advisable. In rooms and areas with high moisture, a higher moisture barrier is required. Knowing all of this would help bring the costs of installing under floor heating down a notch and not underutilized the materials.
The most notable feature with underfloor heating underlay is its heat transfer feature. This allows the underlay to transfer more heat from the underfloor heating to the wood flooring. This would allow for a more equal distribution of heat throughout the house, which is highly desirable on cold climate areas.

Adhesive is also an advisable part of installing wood flooring over a under floor heating setup. Sika T54 adhesive is one of those suited to hold things together even under heat. Gluing everything together is preferred over staples and nails. Sika T54 adhesive would help remove air pockets during installation which might cause damage to the underfloor heat underlay and the wood flooring.

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