Nothing says luxury more than the subtle warmth of heating underfoot, so it’s no surprise that many homeowners now consider underfloor heating a must-have feature when building and renovating. Many renovations and new builds combine innovative heating systems with beautiful wooden floors to create a home that’s aesthetically beautiful yet functional with a warm and cosy ambience.

WOODCUT is the engineered wood flooring expert in Australia, with a long-standing reputation for providing the finest quality engineered timber flooring coupled with premium, personalised service. We are often asked if underfloor heating works with wooden floors, so here we will explore some of the most common wooden flooring types, and examine their suitability for use with underfloor heating systems.

Solid Timber Flooring

Solid timber can be used with underfloor heating in many circumstances, however, there are a couple of considerations:

  • Shrinkage or swelling due to changing moisture conditions will be greater than other products such as engineered wood flooring. Due to this, a narrower solid timber floor board width is recommended.
  • Under changing temperature and moisture conditions, stability is gained from thicker flooring. While thicker boards allow for less heat transfer, they will be more resistant to warping and cupping. A board thickness of 19 mm is recommended, even though there will be less heat transfer.

Solid timber is generally not recommended for installations where high heat output is required. Certain timbers are less susceptible to movement than others, so it’s best to check with your supplier before your timber floor installation.

Laminate Flooring

A strong and stable flooring solution, laminate flooring is also highly affordable. Constructed of layers of wood that run in opposite directions, it is known to stand up to changes in temperature and moisture. However, when combining a laminate floor with underfloor heating, it’s essential that the overall thermal resistance does not exceed the maximum specified. The higher the thermal resistance, the longer it takes for the floor to warm up and the less efficient the heating will be. Before considering laminate timber flooring installation, consult your supplier to ensure your chosen covering will be suitable.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Wooden flooring that is dense and thin is the most suitable for use with underfloor heating, making engineered wood an ideal option. The design and layered construction of engineered wooden floor boards provides superior strength and stability, ensuring it does not react to changes in temperature and moisture levels, maintaining its integrity in all climatic conditions. It is also constructed with a strong base that acts as an excellent conductor of heat, ensuring maximum efficiency. Not only is engineered wood flooring is the most compatible wooden flooring type with underfloor heating, it looks and feels exactly the same as solid timber flooring and with a wide range of grains, patterns, colours, sizes and finishes available to choose from, it’s easy to find an engineered wooden floor board to complement any space.

Engineered Timber Flooring Melbourne and Sydney Homeowners Trust

Engineered wood flooring offers the same effect as solid timber flooring with the added benefits of incredible strength and durability. If you’d like to find out more about engineered timber floor installation and its compatibility with different heating systems, contact the friendly and knowledgeable team at WOODCUT today or visit our conveniently located showrooms. We will provide expert advice about our engineered timber flooring products and how they can be combined with underfloor heating systems to deliver a comfortable and efficient heating solution. Book an online to visit a showroom near you or give us call today.