Installing Click Vinyl With Underfloor Heating
Now it’s starting to get colder outside, is there anything nicer than being warm and cosy in your home? At Pro-TekTM we don’t think so which is why we’ve made sure that our click vinyl flooring can be used with underfloor heating for that perfect combination of stylish appearance and cosy feeling.
Underfloor heating (UFH) is an increasingly popular way to heat your home for a constant, even temperature. Unlike traditional methods of radiators and forced air heating vents, underfloor heating works by heating the entire floor. The rising heat is therefore evenly distributed throughout the whole room. This also leaves walls clear enabling you to have freedom in styling the room, with no radiators to leave uncovered.
Whether you use an electric or water based (hydronic) system, we recommend you follow specific instructions by the manufacturer or, better still, have a professional install the underfloor heating system prior to laying your click vinyl flooring. Always check it is compatible with WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) or SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) engineered flooring.
Choosing the right flooring for your underfloor heating.
All our extensive range of click vinyl collections can be fitted over electric UFH systems and our Editions and Value collections can also be laid over hydronic UFH systems. So whichever type of heating you use, we have a choice of flooring solutions suitable for you.
We recommend you acclimatise your flooring for at least 48 hours prior to fitting it, lay it flat in the original packaging in the room where it will be used until you are ready to lay it and make sure the underfloor heating is turned off during this process.
Ensure your flat and smooth subfloor is clean, dry and free from any debris and grit. Always vacuum or sweep the area just before you start to lay the flooring, this will prevent telegraphing (unwanted patterns and swirls) in the finished flooring.
Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific flooring product you are using and plan your layout.
Consider the focal points of the room and the dimensions and any obstructions.
Start laying the planks in the centre of the room or along the longest wall. A good tip is to stagger the end joins to ensure a professional appearance.
Our click vinyl flooring is easy to install and require no adhesive. Just align the planks or tiles and click together using the simple locking system. There is no need to install underlay first as this is built into the flooring for additional ease.
Continue fitting the planks until you reach the opposite side of the room, carefully cutting and shaping them as needed with a utility knife to fit around fixtures in the room.
Once your flooring is complete, door bars and stair nosing can be installed to create a seamless flow between rooms or fill in gaps around the edges. With Pro-TekTM there is a full range of matching accessories to finish off your flooring perfectly in all available colours and collections.
Give the floor a sweep or vacuum to pick up any dust or debris created during installation. Your flooring will be ready to walk on immediately.
Switch on the underfloor heating
Finally, you can switch on the underfloor heating. It is essential that the temperature is set low to start with. Increase slowly by 1 degree per day so the flooring can acclimatise to the heat. Do not exceed a temperature of 25 degrees.
At Pro-TekTM we always recommend that any manufacturer installation instructions and guidelines are followed for both the flooring and the underfloor heating.
For full flooring installation guidelines for our products download our guide.