This month we have the pleasure of introducing Richard Aylen, Technical Services Manager of Junckers UK, to our ‘Guest Blogger’ spot. Richard has many years of experience working for Junckers, one of Europes largest and oldest wood floor manufacturers, as he outlines how to successfully undertake the installation of solid wood flooring over an underfloor heating system.
If I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked if it’s possible to use underfloor heating with solid wood floors… I’d be a wealthy man! There is a common misconception in the industry that underfloor heating systems cannot be used with solid hardwood floors and specifiers often have to compromise on appearance and quality and settle for an engineered board. It’s time to put the record straight and this is simply not true – some hardwood floors work perfectly with underfloor heating, you just have to do your research and choose the right one.
To help you along the way – here’s a list of what to look out for:
- Look for floor boards that have been pre-finished and have consistently low moisture content. This is where a manufacturer’s quality control process really matters!
- Look for a company that have invested in research and development into using UFH with its floors. UFH is now the preferred form of heating throughout the residential sector as well as for schools, medical facilities and office environments.
- The Underfloor Heating Manufacturers’ Association is the industry trade organisation for all forms of radiant heating. Look for a solid hardwood manufacturer known to the UHMA, better still, one they can recommend.
- Some flooring companies guarantee their floors for a number of years following installation – do they also guarantee their floors for use with UFH?
- There could be lots of technical details to iron out – a company that can offer technical expertise and help as part of the service will prove invaluable.
- Experience is key – choose a company that has a proven track record of installing their floors over underfloor heating.