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How to combine underfloor heating with engineered wood flooring

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Wood flooring can look beautiful in any style of house – both modern and traditional. Engineered wood flooring is an alternative to real wood, providing the aesthetics of a real wood floor but without restrictions or environmental implications, making it a practical choice for any home. It is made from two or more layers of wood that have been joined together to form a plank that is topped with hard wood to give it a natural look. It’s important to know that engineered wood flooring is not laminate - engineered wood flooring is most closely aligned to solid hardwood, incorporating a thin layer of natural wood on top of dimensionally stable plywood.


Underfloor heating is also a popular choice for many homeowners; it’s cost effective to run, it’s simple to install, and by using it you can remove unsightly and noisy radiators or storage heaters from your house.

So is it possible to combine engineered wood flooring and underfloor heating and is it easy to do? The answers are yes and yes. Read on to find out why the two are a perfect match…

• Multi-layered construction

The way engineered wood is designed allows it to cope with the changing temperature and humidity that comes with underfloor heating. The multi-layered construction ensures movement in the wood is limited, making the floor stable regardless of the warmth coming from underneath it.

• Heat transfer

Wood naturally provides a fantastic way to transfer heat across a floor so it creates an even and cosy warmth in your room. Our oak engineered wood flooring is ideal for this and looks great too.

• Multiple options

By choosing engineered wood flooring you are able to select your perfect floor from a wide range of finishes and styles, so as well as functioning perfectly with underfloor heating, your floor will look fantastic and match the design of your room too. Choose from antique hand distressed to smooth natural brushed boards, to rustic or prime finishes.

• Hardwearing

Installing engineered wood flooring on top of your underfloor heating will give you a floor that not only looks good, it will also be hardwearing and look great for many years to come. It won’t warp or contract, and it can even be sanded and refinished to keep it looking fantastic, whilst keeping you warm.

Once you have your underfloor heating and engineered wood flooring installed, just let it all rest for another two to three days before you switch the underfloor heating on. We advise that you then turn the temperature on gradually at around 1 degree per day until your room reaches the perfect temperature – no higher than 27 degrees Celsius!

Put simply, engineered wood flooring and underfloor heating are the perfect combination, with great aesthetics, value for money, and much less of an impact on the environment than real wood products have.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of putting these two products together and how to get started, contact our team. We will talk you through the most suitable options for your home, the costs, and we can also answer any other questions you may have.