Wood Floor Under-Floor Heating
As any informed engineer, architect or contractor
will tell you, Wide Plank Wood Floors that are to be installed
above under-floor heating must be exceptionally well engineered.
Solid non-engineered wood can exhibit deficiencies such
as large gaps between the planks, cupping and warping. The
close proximity of the heating source and the use of the
floor as a large area radiator can be the cause of post
The finest engineered wood
available today is what we at
Heritage Flooring Wood Flooring source and install to
offer you peace of mind for your home. It's thermal properties
and complete stability are fully compatible with under-floor
Though some companies will float a
floor above under-floor heating systems, we will bond our
wood floors to the sub-floor where possible.
As under-floor heat manufacturers
will confirm, the best heat transfer comes through wood
floors that are bonded to the wood floor. Air gaps,
however small, as with double-glazing, inhibit heat transfer.
Because wood is a porous material, it changes dimensionally
with the amount of moisture retained within its cellular
structure, therefore incorrect relative humidity percentages
and room temperatures will adversely affect an installation
and would need to be monitored.
be inspected and tested to make sure they are within acceptable
tolerance parameters. Both the flatness and levels of the
sub-floor must be within tolerance. The sub-floor moisture
content must also be measured with a hygrometer to ensure
tolerances are met.
Prior to installation the heating
system must be correctly cycled and any air or water leaks
rectified. This process alone can take up to two weeks.
We supply, fit and guarantee engineered hardwood
floors with under-floor heating systems. There are several
types of under-floor heating systems, and depending on the
system that you choose, we will suggest the appropriate
Water based Under-Floor
The benefits of a water-based system
under-floor heating system are that the heat can be distributed
more evenly and at a lower running cost than radiators.
Water is heated by a boiler or other heat source and pumped
to manifolds located on each floor which distribute it around
the heating circuits in the various rooms before returning
to the heat source for re-heating. Once a desired room temperature
has been achieved, the thermostat sends a signal to a valve
on the manifold which is then closed.