Avoid Potential Underfloor Heating Problems with Wood Floors

Covid 19 Update Read More

We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.


Avoid Potential Underfloor Heating Problems with Wood Floors

Posted in Technical By Solidwood Company

We have extensively researched the market and this article is to help you when considering the installation of underfloor heating (UFH). Wooden flooring is the best material to install on top of any system due to it warm feel and thermal properties.

With a wooden floor in the perfect world the UFH system should always be left on even at a low temperature. Wood is a living material even after it is cut down, kiln dried and processed. The cellular structure will always react to its local environment and if you are kind to your floor it will be kind to you.  Remember paper is made from wood and when it gets wet it is soggy and yet you can dry it our again but it never has the same characteristics.

If you turn off the UFH system then the boards will become cold and if left for some time in winter or summer when the air is humid the wooden floor will pick up moisture. When the heating is then turned back the environment the wood is in will change dramatically and it can cause stress within the board, just like when we go into a hot tub in freezing weather. 

Most of the problems associated with wooden floors and UFH come from the following conditions:

    *      Dramatic changes in the surface temperature
    *      Hot spots
    *      Lack of heat distribution
    *      High humidity in the room
    *      Operating the heating above a surface temperature of 27 degrees
    *      Cleaning the floor with water

If any of the above applies you can get the following wooden flooring reactions

    *       Warped boards
    *       Engineered flooring that will delaminate, this is the top layer coming off gaps appearing
    *       If not fitted correctly you will also find the whole floor lifting
    *      Lack of effective heat transference through the flooring

How to ensure you do not get problems

    *      Always use a professional UFH installer
    *      Ensure you have the right system to achieve what you want see some tips here
    *      Never buy cheap engineered flooring
    *      Never install solid wood flooring
    *      Always use the best adhesives to glue the wooden flooring to the screed such as the Bona R850 which has been designed for wooden floor with UFH
    *      If you want an electric system then you must follow the manufacturer€™s installation requirements and make sure you do not get hot spots, some cheap systems will cause this.
    *      Hot Spots occur where there is no effective reflector plates that spread the heat or where the screed is too thin
    *      Always leave the UFH system on and do not increase or decrease temperature excessively
    *      You must clean the wooden floor with the appropriate maintenance kits and in accordance with the manufacturers instructions

 Please see more details about UFH by clicking this link http://www.uhma.org.uk/