Electric Underfloor Heating
for Solid & Engineered
Laminate flooring has become a popular choice for many homeowners and interior designers due to its versatility, durability, and aesthetic appeal. It effectively replicates the look of hardwood or stone flooring, without the associated maintenance concerns. Laminate flooring is often available in scratch-resistant finishes and is more resistant to water and spills, making it an ideal choice for families with small children or pets.
One of the key advantages of laminate flooring is its compatibility with underfloor heating systems. Underfloor heating provides a comfortable, even heat distribution across the room, making it a highly efficient method of heating your home. When combined with the practical benefits of laminate flooring, it offers an attractive flooring solution that marries functionality with style.
Benefits of Laminate Flooring with Underfloor Heating
Laminate flooring, when paired with underfloor heating, offers a multitude of benefits that enhance comfort, efficiency, and aesthetics in your home.
Durability and Resistance
Laminate flooring is known for its durability and resistance to wear and tear. It's designed to withstand high foot traffic, making it an ideal choice for busy households. When used with underfloor heating, laminate flooring maintains its durability. It's resistant to changes in temperature, ensuring that your floor remains intact and beautiful for years to come.
Efficient Heat Conduction
Laminate flooring is a good conductor of heat, which makes it an excellent choice for use with underfloor heating systems. The heat from the underfloor system is effectively transferred through the laminate material, providing a warm and comfortable surface underfoot.
Easy Installation and Maintenance
Laminate flooring is relatively easy to install, especially when compared to traditional hardwood or stone flooring. This ease of installation extends to scenarios where underfloor heating systems are involved. Furthermore, laminate flooring requires minimal maintenance, a benefit that remains true even when underfloor heating is used.
Laminate flooring comes in a wide range of styles, colours, and patterns, allowing you to choose a design that perfectly matches your home's decor. When paired with the luxury of underfloor heating, laminate flooring not only adds to the visual appeal of your home but also enhances the overall living experience by providing a warm, comfortable surface.
Considerations When Installing Underfloor Heating Under Laminate
While the combination of laminate flooring and underfloor heating offers numerous benefits, there are several key considerations to keep in mind during the installation process to ensure optimal performance and longevity.
Laminate flooring, like other types of flooring, expands and contracts with changes in temperature. When installing underfloor heating, it's crucial to leave an expansion gap around the edges of the room. This allows the laminate flooring to expand without causing any damage or distortion to the floor.
Fixing Methods for Laminate Floors
There are two main fixing methods for laminate floors: adhesive and floating. Adhesive methods involve glueing the floor to the subfloor while floating methods allow the floor to rest on top of the underlay without any adhesive. When using underfloor heating, the floating method is typically recommended as it allows for better heat transfer and easier installation.
Laminate floors have a maximum temperature limit to prevent damage to the material. When using underfloor heating, the surface temperature of the floor should not exceed 27°C. This temperature restriction is usually maintained by using a thermostat which controls the heating system.
The thickness of the laminate plays a crucial role in the efficient performance of the underfloor heating system. It's recommended that the laminate thickness should be no more than 18mm. Any thicker than this could hinder the performance of the system. The denser and thinner the flooring material, the better it transfers heat, leading to a shorter heat-up time and a more responsive underfloor heating system.
Choosing the Right Underfloor Heating System for Laminate Floors
When it comes to choosing the right underfloor heating system for laminate floors, there are a few factors to consider:
Type of Project:
Electric systems are more popular with renovations and small to medium-sized rooms, whereas water products are more popular in new builds and large areas.
The denser the material, the better it transfers heat. Also, the thinner the flooring material and the higher the density, the shorter the heat-up time and more responsive the underfloor system will be.
We recommend that wood or laminate thickness should be no more than 18mm as any thicker than this will hinder the efficient performance of the system. When it comes to the board width, wider boards will often show more “movement” than more narrow boards of the same material, so we recommend that the ratio of thickness to width should be in the region of 7 to 11. A board with a thickness of 16mm and width of 160mm would give a ratio of 10, so it is ideal.
Installing The Underfloor Heating System
Different heating systems require different installation methods. The Foil Heater is a popular system for use with laminate floors and offers a straightforward installation process. However, for a more efficient and reliable solution, we recommend the Elektra WoodTec Under Wood and Laminate Floor Heating Mat.
This system is ideal for installation under laminate and engineered wood flooring, featuring a 140W/m² heating mat attached to a fibreglass mesh and covered with aluminium foil on the reverse side. This aluminium foil provides a protective shielding (earth) for the heating cables, making this type of heating mat ideal for use particularly in wet areas. Your laminate or engineered wood flooring can be laid directly onto the WoodTec system without the need for any other underlay.
Elektra WoodTec Underfloor Heating Kits for Solid and Engineered Wood Floors
- The Elektra WoodTec is specifically designed for installation under laminate and engineered wood flooring, making it a perfect choice for these types of floors.
- The heating mat is attached to a fibreglass mesh and covered with aluminium foil on the reverse side. This aluminium foil provides a protective shielding (earth) for the heating cables, making this heating mat ideal for use particularly in wet areas.
- The heating mat is 500mm wide and 2.8mm thick, and it will utilise 85%-90% of an area. It's possible to install two or more mats in a single room, and if this is the case, then the heating mats should be connected in parallel.
- The Elektra WoodTec is manufactured in Europe complying with ISO 9001 using the highest quality raw materials, in accordance with IEC EN 60335-2-96. It has gained many approvals around the world, including the German VDE - probably the highest standard in Europe.
- The Elektra WoodTec comes with a lifetime guarantee, providing peace of mind for your investment. UK based technical support for the installation and operation of the underfloor heating is provided by experienced and qualified technicians.
Before making a decision, it's important to consider the size of the area you want to heat, the type of tile or stone floor you have, and your specific heating requirements. It's also recommended to consult with a professional to ensure the system is installed correctly and safely.