LVT Flooring

Underfloor heating and luxury vinyl tiles are a perfect combination.
Introduction: Luxury vinyl tiles and underfloor heating are a perfect combination.
Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are one of the most popular flooring options available today. With a PVC core and a protective top layer, these tiles accurately mimic wood or stone. LVT flooring is also incredibly durable, easy to maintain, and ideal for high-traffic areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Many modern homeowners are replacing traditional radiators with underfloor heating to produce a more aesthetically pleasing and evenly heated environment. Can we install luxury vinyl tiles on top of underfloor heating systems? Good news: the answer is usually yes, but as always, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Underfloor heating
There are two types of underfloor heating: electric and water-based. Both work similarly. In the case of electric, you arrange a network of cables throughout the floor, allowing you to install your preferred upper level. Turning on these wires causes them to heat up, transmitting the heat to your room through the upper floor. A system of pipes, arranged in a pattern across the floor, facilitates the installation of your desired top floor. When turned on, warm water flows through the pipes, transferring heat to the upper floor and into the room. Fortunately, luxury vinyl tiles intended for underfloor heating are generally compatible with both systems. However, it is worth double-checking the manufacturer’s instructions.

Why are luxury vinyl tiles compatible with underfloor heating?
Thermal Properties: Luxury vinyl tiles offer excellent thermal conductivity. This means that they will efficiently transport heat energy from your cables or pipes to your rooms. Use an LVT that is suitable for underfloor heating systems to ensure optimal efficiency.
Stability (heat, moisture): Luxury vinyl tiles are among the most stable flooring options available. This means they are less likely to warp when heated, which is especially essential when installed over underfloor heating systems. Additionally, LVTs are less likely to deform due to moisture, which is very advantageous if you install a water-based underfloor heating system. Vinyl is still susceptible to heat and moisture, so choose a solution that is specifically designed to be installed on top of underfloor heating systems.

Factors to consider when installing LVT over an underfloor heating system
The manufacturer recommends always selecting a luxury vinyl product that is compatible with underfloor heating systems. Engineers specifically engineered these flooring products to be heat and moisture resistant while maintaining thermal efficiency.
Proper Installation: Installing underfloor heating systems and luxury vinyl tiles (especially glue-down tiles that may require special underfloor heating-compatible adhesives) can be difficult, so it may be worthwhile to hire a professional floor fitter to execute the job correctly for you. Did you know that Flooring Hut provides a supply-and-fit service, allowing you to purchase your flooring items from us and then choose a local flooring contractor to conduct the installation?
Utilize a thermostat. This tip is more about the continued upkeep of your new underfloor heating and luxury vinyl tile flooring than the installation itself. Keeping a thermostat in the room allows you to quickly control the temperature of the room and floor, ensuring that it does not exceed the manufacturer’s specified maximum temperature. This will help preserve the longevity of your underfloor heating system and LVT flooring.

Conclusion
To conclude, both types of luxury vinyl tiles are suitable for both electric and water-based underfloor heating systems. In terms of flooring, LVT is an excellent choice for use in conjunction with an underfloor heating system. At Royal Infinity Furnitures, we recommend using a vinyl product that has been specifically engineered to work with an underfloor heating system. We also recommend having a professional flooring expert install the heating system and vinyl top floor for you.

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