Underfloor heating can work successfully with all floor coverings, however some are better at transferring heat than others.
The best floor coverings for use with underfloor heating are hard surfaces such as stone and ceramic tile as they have the least resistance and transfer heat effectively. Where highly resistive coverings like carpet are to be fitted the system design must factor in the extra heat output that will be needed.
It is important to follow manufacturers’ guidance on moisture content when fitting timber floors – TRADA advises that this should be less than 8–9%.
As part of the complete design process offered by Nu-Heat, we are happy to advise on suitability. If you are planning on using a floor covering not listed, please contact us for advice.
Some floor covering manufacturers stipulate a maximum floor temperature for their product; please advise Nu-Heat if this is the case and it can be factored into the system design. BS1264 states that underfloor heating systems should not operate at higher than 29˚C.