Friday, 4 October 2019
WOODEN FLOORS FOR UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS
The essential point is that most of hardwood flooring are subject to contraction and expansion, according to the quantity of moisture from the immediate environment. Planks can contract slightly during winter months (when central heating produces drier atmosphere) and extend during the summer months when windows are open and the atmosphere inside the home has more moisture. This seasonal movement never ceases and it is quite normal property of wooden floors - regardless of the era of the wooden floor. This expansion and contraction may also be amplified when underfloor heating is taken into account.
Another variable is that wood is a great insulator. This means it slows down the transmission of the warmth generated by the underfloor heating system. This obviously reduces system's efficacy but timber is less insulating material than other floor types such as carpeting. The warmth transmission property of the wood may also be beneficial because timber retains the heat for a long time after the underfloor heating system is switched off. This means that the space will stay warmer for longer interval.
Underfloor heating functions well with hardwood flooring since it keeps the entire floor in a constant temperature and other heating devices such as free standing heaters and heaters can create hot areas on hardwood floors that can lead to warping. Warping is the main concern of dwelling owners with wooden floors when they are thinking about installing an underfloor heating system.
Underfloor heating systems need to be carefully set up, hence such system should be designed to spread the heat evenly over the whole floor and the management settings must be installed to avoid large and sudden changes in temperature. Properly designed and installed underfloor heating system needs to be able to reduce warping of the wooden floor.
Before installation of underfloor heating we want take into consideration that modern engineered hardwood flooring are more suitable than solid hardwood floors for this objective. Engineered wood flooring include plywood or MDF boards covered with a hardwood veneer to give an attractive look. They are more secure and less likely to snore than solid hardwood floors. A engineered floor can readily be consumed and refitted when the underfloor heating system has been fitted.