Which floor covering to use with electric underfloor heating?

Which floor covering to use with electric underfloor heating?

Heat Mat often get asked about which system to use with certain types of flooring – in this article they give a few tips for choosing the right electric underfloor heating for your new floor.

The system specified will usually depend on the room size and type; whether fixed units are present, if a new floor base is being laid or what the existing sub floor is made of and the final floor covering.

Electric underfloor heating is compatible with a surprising number of floor coverings from carpet and wood to polished concrete. Furthermore heating mats, loose cable and in-screed cables can be used underneath tile and stone to provide floor warming alongside central heating or a primary heat source.

It’s also worth noting that 110W and 160W mats are very versatile; if a levelling compound is poured they can be used beneath almost any floor covering. A levelling compound creates a safe and even base to fit floor coverings onto and helps to spread the heat evenly across the floor surface.

Loose undertile cable is popular under tiles and stone in bathrooms and kitchens, cable can be laid around fixed furniture and pedestals to provide heat where it is needed and simplify fitting. An In-screed cable avoids any increase in build height and is an ideal system for new developments or renovation projects where the floor is excavated and re-poured.

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