Underfloor heating has become very popular but many people are unsure about which material they can use it with. Stone and engineered wood are generally perceived to be a good match, but what about vinyl? And, does PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl flooring provide any additional advantages?
Maybe surprising, traditional vinyl is a good partner and it conducts heat well. As most vinyl floors are relatively thin, they will require a completely smooth surface, to avoid irregularities showing through the surface; fine Latex levelling compounds are often recommended.
PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is thicker and more rigid, so less preparation is needed and installation is more straight-forward. We recommend use with capillary or ‘wet’ underfloor heating systems.
As with all materials, there are specific recommendations in terms of temperature and the placements of rugs, etc. With PRO-TEK™, the floor temperature must be kept below 27°C (81°F) and the temperature should be turned up or down gradually. Transition strips or a T-section door bars should be used in all doorways or room dividing points. For full advice on all aspects of installation, visit Fitting PRO-TEK
Remember that rugs should never be used with vinyl flooring installed over underfloor heating, as they’ll act as a blanket and could cause the flooring to overheat and become unstable.
If you’re looking to install an electric underfloor heating system, contact the supplier of the system to check that the two products are compatible. They will also be able to give you advice on installation and maximum temperatures. Generally, mesh/wire systems will need to be bedded into a basecoat of reinforced fibre smoothing compound. Then, a second coat of primer and reinforced fibre smoothing compound will be applied.
To find out more please contact Paul Heatley, General Manager UK, Ireland & Europe on mob. 07470 876 026, email , or tel. 020 3917 5550