3 methods for fixing solid wood flooring over underfloor heating

Using our wood flooring over underfloor heating in your home is easy, but we’re here to make sure everything runs smoothly. It’s important that the subfloor makeup of your floor is set up ready to take the boards, and so we’ve listed the most popular and effective methods of using our wood flooring with underfloor heating below. 

Spreader plates – This method below is the most common way to install solid wood flooring over underfloor heating, and we recommend it for retrofitting if you have existing joists in place. Using aluminium spreader plates between the joists will allow the boards to be fixed down to the joists with a physical fixing without damaging or touching the pipes. You can lay the boards directly on the underfloor heating spreader plates.

underfloor heating with wood flooring

Battens within screeds – A good option if you are laying new screeds and have worked out your head heights before laying. We recommend laying 45mm x 45mm battens within your screed. As you can see in the diagram the pipes weave in and out of the screed. The battens should sit flush or slightly proud of the screed. This will prevent the screed from interfering with the boards when laying. 

underfloor heating with wood flooring

Solid slab of screed – We’ve demonstrated two options below. Choose this option if you’ve already laid your screed with underfloor heating pipes in it. For this, you can glue 30mm x 30mm battens on top of the screed at 400mm intervals. Ply or chipboard can work as an alternative to battens. Make sure the battens run perpendicular to the lengths of the floorboards. You can then lay the boards using a screw or nail to fix them to the battens.

underfloor heating with wood flooring
underfloor heating with wood flooring

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