To quote Game of Thrones: winter is coming. At Avenue Floors we’re not the hardiest types –we’ve already got our cable-knit sweaters and thick socks on – so we thought it was probably time to cover a subject close to our hearts: underfloor heating.

To quote Game of Thrones: winter is coming. At Avenue Floors we’re not the hardiest types –we’ve already got our cable-knit sweaters and thick socks on – so we thought it was probably time to cover a subject close to our hearts: underfloor heating.

We’re often asked whether Avenue flooring is suitable for use with underfloor heating, and our answer is always the same: very definitely yes! Not only is vinyl durable, waterproof and comfortable underfoot, it’s also extremely responsive to heat, heating up and cooling down quickly compared to other materials such as wood, and with a low TOG rating, our floors ensure you get the most out of your underfloor heating system.

You can use underfloor heating with any Avenue floor as long as the subfloor does not exceed 27°C; this is easily safeguarded by using a thermostat and setting a maximum temperature. Just remember to always follow the manufacturer's instructions when it comes to operating your underfloor heating system for the first time, giving your floor time to adjust to increased heat over a few days.

Whether or not you also need to install an insulated underlay/overlay will depend on your particular heating system and its manufacturer’s guidelines. Choosing between the myriad products on the market can seem daunting, but all you really need to know is the difference between wet and dry – or water-based and electrical – systems. Water systems (sometimes referred to as “hydronic” systems) work by circulating hot water through plastic pipes linked directly to your boiler or to an alternative energy source such as a solar thermal system. Electronic systems come in the form of loose wires that can be spaced at intervals, mats, or cables that can be laid directly in concrete screed. You can read more about both types of heating system and their relative benefits here.

Central heating is all well and good – and a must for keeping our homes toasty – but nothing beats getting out of the shower on a cold winter’s day and stepping onto a warm floor. Or coming into the kitchen on a chilly morning to put the kettle on without having to find your slippers first. It’s little luxuries like these that take the sting out of winter. Remember, if you have any questions about underfloor heating – or you want to know anything else about Avenue flooring – just email us info@avenuefloors.co.uk. We’ll be happy to help.