Is Underfloor Heating Suitable For Period Properties?

If you’re renovating your home, you might be considering underfloor (UFH) heating to add an extra level of luxury. While UFH is often seen in new build homes, is it suitable for older and period properties?

Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord renovating a property, and wanting to add modern features, UFH is a sound choice for an old house. However, there are some things you should check before you get it installed.

UFH may not be suitable for historic floors that would be damaged by the installation, or leave foundations compromised. Concrete floors and damp-proof membranes could upset the equilibrium of the structure, and lead to damp problems.

It is also important that the property is adequately insulated, as UFH might not have the output to heat a large, old property that lacks proper insulation.

What’s the best flooring for UFH?

If you have made the necessary checks, and UFH is a great option for you, then you need to consider the best flooring.

Once the UFH has been fitted, and the screeding layer has been laid and is dry, you will want a flooring material that best conducts heat into the room.

Ceramic tiles are the best flooring for heat conductivity, as they will bring the heat up to the surface quickly. Stone and wood are also great options, and resin flooring, while not quite as conductive as ceramic, is very compatible with UFH.

Can UFH be combined with radiators?

Using a combination of both systems could be the answer for many older properties. Radiators can easily be added to the UFH system.

A good compromise is to install underfloor heating on the ground floor, with radiators upstairs to accommodate the different requirements for living and sleeping spaces, especially as many people still want heated towel rails in their bathrooms.

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