How To Choose The Best Underlay For Homes With Underfloor Heating?
Obviously, the whole idea of underfloor heating is to heat your home, and to do that your flooring and underlay need to be thermal conductive. The best flooring to use with underfloor heating is stone or tile, due to their high thermal conductive and heat retention properties.
But those forms of flooring aren’t to everyone’s taste and aren’t the softest or pleasing underfoot for places such as the bedroom. So, in this blog, we’ll take a look at just how you can choose the best underlay for your carpet or laminate flooring that will allow you to make the most of your underfloor heating system.
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Laminate & Carpet
Both laminate and carpet offer suitable flooring options for your home. Laminate provides a relatively affordable and simple flooring solutions, while carpet provides comfort and style. Another fantastic benefit of both is that you can fit underlay, while still reaping the benefits of your underfloor heating solution. The only challenge is that you’ll be limited to the type and style of underlay you can use.
All about that Tog
The most important factor you need to consider when choosing an underlay to work alongside your underfloor heating is the combined Tog rating of your underlay and flooring. The Tog rating should not exceed 2.5 TOG, however dont worry if it does exceed 2.5 TOG (i.e no more than 3.0 TOG), it just means it takes your floor a little longer to warm up. If you are to ensure the sufficient heat transfer and that your underlay, carpet or laminate doesn’t end up acting as an insulator.
Here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we provide a range of underlays that are specifically designed for use with underfloor heating solutions, though we always recommend you speak with your heating system manufacturer before you purchase your underlay.
Our specially designed underlays
Below we’ll outline our three best choices for the perfect underlay to be installed with your underfloor heating system in mind. And head here if you’d like to browse our full specialist range of underlays for underfloor heating.
Thermo Pro X
Thermo Pro X underlay is perfect for ALL Wood, Laminate or Vinyl Flooring even Vinyl Click Flooring or Solid Wood Flooring. Its punched holes in the underlay allow the best heat transfer to your room surface. Made with light weight super strength foam, it provides sufficient impact noise reduction and footing, while only having a TOG rating of just 0.30.
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The best carpet underlay for underfloor heating and is ideal for those rooms in your home where you want to provide real luxury comfort, such as the bedroom. Thermal Stream has a comfort rating of 5 and can help make your carpet feel even softer, while perfectly letting your underfloor heating warm your feet when you step out of bed in the morning. Far better than common underlays which are between 6mm and 9mm - ThermalStream has 10mm in thickness for the ultimate softness underfoot feel.
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So, there you have it some simple things consider when choosing your underlay to ensure you get the most out of it and your underfloor heating, and remember the Tog rating is key! Browse our full range of specialised underlays today to find the perfect solution for your needs.
- Carl Smith