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Oak Flooring Over Underfloor Heating: Dispelling the Myths

Oak flooring over underfloor heating, has over the years received a bad press. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of knowledge which is passed onto the homeowner, often from the supplier and in other cases from the installer to the end user on how to actually look after their oak flooring over underfloor heating.

Perhaps the largest contributing factor to the compromise or complete failure of oak flooring over underfloor heating is insufficient or poor acclimatisation. In many cases, the installer is actually at fault as they have not carried out the correct procedures, or the supplier for failing to pass on the information regarding how their specific product should be acclimatised.

A further factor that can cause oak flooring to not working correctly in conjunction with underfloor heating is incorrect or poor installation for oak flooring over underfloor heating. This process is usually attributable to the installer.

No control over the underfloor heating output. This is often blamed on the end user. However, often the fault lies with the supplier who has failed to provide sufficient information about the correct output and the maximum output allowed.

More often than not, bad site procedures often result in poor and sufficient maintenance being carried out on the oak flooring. Often the fault lies with the supplier and installer for not passing on the correct information. However, the end user who has not correctly used and taken action on the correct maintenance of the oak flooring.

Oak flooring is suitable for use with underfloor heating – opinions to the contrary are misinformed. However, it requires for the correct information to be provided and ongoing maintenance requirements to be observed.

At Oak Floors Online, we advise that our customers only use engineered oak flooring over unfloor heating. This is because extra levels of stability are required from the flooring due to the direct heat which is under the flooring itself. When it comes to the selection of an engineered flooring, we advocate the use of a plywood backed engineered oak flooring as this flooring provides excellent levels of stability. We advise customers and those looking to utilise underfloor heating in conjunction with their oak flooring to gain all the information they can in order to best care for their flooring following installation.

For further information about the oak flooring boards within our range that are suitable for use with underfloor heating, or for a more detailed outline of the benefits offered by engineered oak flooring, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacting by calling 0800 043 3073. Email enquiries can be sent to sales@oakfloorsonline.co.uk.