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Wood Floors & Underfloor Heating Made Simple

Follow some very simple procedures and you'll have no problems. Don't follow them, and it will go horribly wrong.


Much has been written about wood floors and their compatibility with under floor heating and most of what has been written is waffle.

Now I hate waffle and I’m continually on the look out for the definitive guide, a distilled down version with all the information out there in a few simple to follow rules. None of this “up a degree”, “down a degree” ,“anticipate the need for heat” because we all know how it really works…….

The customer is cold so he turns up his under floor heating and expects everything to work and the wooden floor to be ok.

Well I agree with the customer after all the customer is always right, right? But guess what ? I’ve got the solution and it’s simple, easy to follow and best of all fool proof. So here goes…….

Wooden Floors + Under Floor Heating – How to make sure it works in 3 easy steps.

  • Step 1: Calibrate your under floor heating system so the surface floor temperature can not go above 27 degrees centigrade.
  • Step 2: Fit a floor probe connected to the thermostat so if the calibration fails or is over ridden the heating will cut out when the floor temperature reaches 27 degrees centigrade.
  • Step 3: Use a wooden floor and I mean any wooden floor that has been kiln dried to 6-8%.

How easy was that ?

At this point I could go into details about air relative humidity, air temperature and wood moisture content and about how the three are linked together and as one rises the other falls but if I did I’d still be writing this time tomorrow and you’d get very bored very quickly and you’d probably loose the will to live. If you are really interested in the numbers then you can always read more on our website.

So in a nutshell, for a wooden floor that will always work with any under floor heating system remember what Showaddywaddy said and follow steps 1, 2 and 3.