Oak Flooring Suitable for Underfloor Heating
We all know that Under Floor Heating (UFH) systems are more efficient than standard wall-hung radiators but this efficiency is drastically reduced if the layer of flooring above is so thick that it prevents the heat from travelling through it.
Don’t let this stop you enjoying the warmth and comfort of a real oak floor when you have UFH because at Oak Floors Online we have developed the perfect solution.
Not only do we supply both eucalyptus and birch backed products, both of which are ideally suitable use with UFH by providing excellent stability after installation, we have also developed our state of the art ThruFlow oak flooring product – designed with both your comfort and your heating bills in mind.
Although our 15mm engineered oak flooring is perfect for use with underfloor heating, having a sufficiently low thermal resistance to allow the heat to travel through the floor quickly and efficiently, our 15mm ThruFlow engineered oak flooring offers the same 4mm wear layer of oak backed by 11mm Eucalyptus plywood, and yet takes efficiency to the next level.
Its construction and appearance is exactly the same as our standard 15mm flooring, except for the unique pattern of pre-drilled holes within the plywood underside that reduces the thermal resistance even further.
Heat travels through the drilled ThruFlow board much easier than through a standard wood flooring product, enabling your underfloor heating system to operate at least 25% more efficiently than if used in conjunction with a standard 15mm engineered oak floorboard.
If you require a structural grade oak floor for installation over UFH, our thicker 22mm ThruFlow product is perfect. Not only does it have a full 6mm oak wear layer for incredible durability and lifespan, it also has a 14mm plywood underside with a 2mm stabilising veneer for excellent stability and strength.
Unfinished Engineered Oak Flooring Suitable For Use With Under Floor Heating Systems
The main advantage of unfinished engineered oak is that you can colour and seal it to your exact specification which allows you to match it up with any colour.
Unfinished engineered oak is also available with a square edge for a seamless finished floor (available as 15×189 only).
Brushed and Natural Oiled Oak Flooring Suitable For Use With Under Floor Heating Systems
Brushed and Natural Oiled oak is our most popular finish by far offering a beautifully enhanced and natural looking grain. Brushed and Natural Oiled oak is coated with natural colour waxoil that does not change the colour of the floor but just enhances the natural colours within.
The Brushed and Natural Oiled finish is achieved by ‘brushing’ the face of the planks during manufacture to remove the slightly softer fibres of the oak, which after oiling, enhances the beautiful grain features of natural oak and provides a slightly textured surface.
Not only does this mean that scratches and marks don’t show up as much as on a smooth finish, but because the waxoil colour is natural, if you ever want to darken the colour you can apply another coat of waxoil in whatever colour you choose to achieve the exact finish that you want.
This finish is simple to maintain and should only ever require a light sanding and another coat of waxoil to bring it back to pristine condition when required. It should never require a total re-finish, which increases its lifespan and reduces maintenance costs.
Our ThruFlow Under Floor Heating energy efficient engineered oak is available in Brushed and Natural Oiled in sizes 15×189 and 22×189.
Double Brushed and Dark Oiled Oak Flooring Suitable For Use With Under Floor Heating Systems
This deep textured finish is created by double brushing the face of the oak plank during manufacture before applying several coats of a dark waxoil to enhance the grain features, thus creating an antique appearance that is truly beautiful.
Very popular in conversions and restorations because of its appearance when installed in rooms with other wood features – often being installed in bars or restaurants where the floor will be subjected to high traffic because it doesn’t show up marks and scratches like a smooth finish does.
Very simple to maintain and should never require a total re-sanding of the whole area for re-finishing. Just sand the worn areas by hand and apply another coat or two of waxoil to bring the floor back to life and looking as good as new.
Double Brushed and Dark Oiled engineered oak floors are available in sizes 15×189 and 21×189.
This is a brushed & oiled surface, so oak being oak, there will be a variance in the depth of texture, depending on the grain of each board. Some boards may be quite smooth with not much texture but others may be quite rough where more of the softer fibres of the face have been brushed out, sometimes causing a slightly ‘spiky’ feel. This is not a fault with the board and can either be fixed by lightly sanding the area concerned and re-coating with waxoil, or simply avoided through selection of the boards during installation.
Lacquered Oak Flooring Suitable For Use With Under Floor Heating Systems
The finish on our engineered oak lacquered flooring is achieved by applying 7 very fine coats of UV lacquer over a primer onto a sanded oak board. An anti-scratch protection coat is then applied to make the wood more durable. This results in flooring that is relatively smooth and hard, with a shiny satin finish. It is also easy to clean, making it a great choice for those who suffer from allergies.
Lacquered engineered oak flooring has always been a popular choice as it perfectly complements many different styles of room and decors. It works very well in rooms with low natural light, as the shiny finish can brighten up the room through reflection.
Hand Scraped Oak Flooring Suitable For Use With Under Floor Heating Systems
Mirroring traditional wood working techniques, each oak plank is hand scraped before being coloured either with waxoil or a lacquered stain, with a slightly enhanced and darker grain. We are confident you will agree that Hand Scraped oak looks absolutely stunning.
Hand scraped flooring adds a texture to any environment, echoing the ancient methods used for levelling and flattening an oak floor in years gone by. This finish adds to the depth, warmth and unique character of your finished floor, with the grain being slightly textured and darker to enhance the natural oak beauty.
Celtic Character Rustic Oak Flooring Suitable For Use With Under Floor Heating Systems
The unique Celtic Character Rustic finish is created by allowing all grades of oak into the finished production line, and then filling all the open natural features with a very dark putty before being sanded and then oiled. This is done to highlight and enhance these features such as knots and splits in the wood, thus creating a very rustic appearance that is truly stunning when viewed as a completed floor.
Celtic Character Rustic oak is a sanded and oiled finish, intended to grow in character as the floor is used – any marks and scratches simply adding to the character effect. This makes it a perfect choice for rooms that see high volumes of traffic such as living rooms and even children’s playrooms. Having said that, if you ever want to make any repairs, this is a simple process of sanding the effected area by hand and re-oiling.
One of the beauties of a finished oak floor is that no two boards are the same, so we have chosen to make this a feature of the floor and make these characteristics stand out with pride. It is our most work intensive finish but we believe the effort is well worth it.
When a small sample is sometimes considered, with a big black ‘streak’ running through it, it is very difficult to imagine your whole floor containing such features but it works! It looks amazing, so please make sure you study the photos of Celtic Character Rustic flooring installed.