Can You Have Wooden Floors Over Underfloor Heating?
In a word, yes is the answer. There is no need to have to compromise on a high quality wooden floor if you have underfloor heating. Underfloor heating with a wooden floor is the perfect combination for all types of homes.
It is recommended that an engineered floor is used. So what exactly is an engineered wood floor? It is a solid wood veneer on a softwood backing. It looks just like the ‘real thing’ particularly with oak, which has been developed over the last ten years to a perfect finish.
Prime Grade: very clean, small amount of knots – ideal for a modern house or contemporary setting.
Character Grade: which allows for knots, marks and rosettes -looks beautiful like a solid oak floor and enhances any home
Rustic Grade: large knots, marks and rosettes – ideal for a rural retreat, or if you want a more lived in and older look.
Distressed Grade: This is where a character grade is treated in various ways. The oak can be stained dark, marked, the edges given a worn look. The idea is to make the floor appear old and similar to reclaimed oak. The final effect is stunning and there are a lot of aged, distressed and antique engineered oak floors available.
Engineered oak can be supplied unfinished. Then once fitted it can be sanded and oiled in situ. The floor needs to be sanded to a fine and even finish and then the first coat of hardwax oil applied – left overnight to dry; then buffed up and a final coat of hardwax oil applied. The end result is natural and easy to maintain.
It can also be supplied pre-finished with a matt lacquer, satin lacquer, pre-oiled, raw oiled or uv oiled finish. Pre-finished floors mean no waiting time.
There are a number of engineered floors on the market – always go for the best quality.
Ask where the floor has come from and make sure it is a sustainable engineered floor.
Make sure that the oak veneer layer is thick. 6mm is a good depth on a board that is overall 20mm thick.
The base board should be of a good quality marine ply and well adhere with a complete bonding system to the veneer on top.
It is always advisable to always get a specialist flooring company to fit and finish your engineered oak flooring, to ensure the highest quality finish.