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Things you may want to know about underfloor heating in wooden floors


Wooden floors as a popular flooring solution have been widely used in many homes. Since wooden floors are good conductors of heating, most homeowners may consider installing underfloor heating in wooden floors.

In this article, we are going to talk about how underfloor heating work in wooden floors?

Let’s check the article to get the answer!


About Underfloor Heating System

There are two types of piping that were widely used in underfloor heating systems, they are underfloor heating pex pipe and pex-al-pex underfloor heating pipe.

Underfloor Heating PEX Pipe

PEX pipe is already used extensively for underfloor heating.  Manufactured with cross-linked polyethene, RIIFO PEX Pipes boost more elaborate polyethene performance without losing the excellent properties of thermoplastics. With impressive flexibility, RIIFO PEX Pipes can be installed fast. What’s more, it shows great performance on resisting chlorine and corrosion, also withstanding the freeze in extreme environments.



PEX-AL-PEX Underfloor Heating Pipe

Integrating the advantages of plastic pipes and metal pipes, RIIFO Multilayer Pipe, certified by NSF, SABS, AENOR and so on, has won much recognition around the globe. With the five-layer design, RIIFO PAP Pipes can strongly shield against oxygen and light which can prevent bacteria effectively, it is an ideal piping solution for the underfloor heating pipelines.


In addition to pipes, the heating manifolds also an important part of the floor heating system. Why? Since there are generally two types of underfloor heating systems: wet systems and electric systems.

Wet underfloor heating systems work in a similar way to standard central heating, pumping warm water through underfloor pipes. And electric underfloor heating systems use electric coils laid underneath the floor as the source of heat.

Wet systems, where pipes are set within a concrete screed, are the most efficient and are easier to control. Therefore, we need a good helper work combined with the heating pipe —— Manifolds for underfloor heating systems.


Manifolds for Underfloor Heating Systems

With PEX pipes or multilayer pipes as its pipe circuits, RIIFO Underfloor Heating System offers an energy-efficient and cost-effective solution to heat your room up. The intelligent underfloor heating control pack with several manifolds can help you control the temperature precisely for each individual zone. Also, with strict raw material selection and exacting production management, RIIFO Underfloor Heating System has outstanding performance on high working pressure and temperature. Hope transfer heating energy by heart, and give you winter with warmth.


Why choose Underfloor heating in wooden floors?

With its energy efficiency and the ability to save on precious floor space, it’s easy to see why underfloor heating is becoming an increasingly popular way to heat homes.

Wood is naturally warmer underfoot than stone or tiles,  and it conducts heat well compared to many other types of flooring. Wood also retains the heat nicely, which makes it an energy-efficient choice. As a flooring material its thermal properties and inherent luxurious feel make wood flooring a perfect match for underfloor heating.


How does Underfloor Heating System work in wooden floors?

Underfloor heating works by distributing a lower temperature of warm water through a circuit of pipes beneath the finished floor. Heat is monitored and controlled by intelligent thermostats to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the property or individual zones. Any heat source can be used including conventional boilers and renewable ground/air heat source pumps.

   info from johnguest.com


How to set Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is not a difficult thing to install yourself, as long as you have some basic DIY experience and the time to complete the job in one go, rather than pulling up the floor and then having to leave it for a week. You can do the bulk of the initial work, but you will probably need an electrician or plumber, depending on the system you opt for, to connect the system to the mains.


Underfloor Heating System Installation

Once you have purchased your underfloor heating system from us, the next step is installation. Below we have laid out everything you should need to help you install and set up your system.

The way in which you pull up the floor will depend on the placement system it utilises – most fall under the category of either tongue-and-groove or click in terms of the way the planks lock together. 
Tongue and groove flooring is nailed down through the tongue to connect the boards together, so the nails have to be pried out with a crowbar or similar tool to free the boards up. Begin (having removed the perimeter trim) with the row of the boards closest to the wall with top nails visible and ensure that you lever the crowbar against the subfloor once the first board has been removed if you want to reuse the flooring – this will avoid damage.



When positioning the manifold (where the system will be connected), fix it to the wall as close to the circuits as possible so it can be plumbed in the same way as a radiator. However, the final connection of the system to the main water supply and central heating network should always be performed by a qualified and experienced plumber unless you're completely confident in your ability to do it yourself.

One common problem that can occur at installation is the presence of air in the loops – this occurs when they are not flushed properly prior to being used for the first time. Each loop needs to be flushed individually by opening the valve that connects it to the manifold to ensure that no air is present in it.



Ensure that the pipes are securely fastened and that the insulation is lying flat on the subfloor before applying the screed. Because it is rendered useless if it develops a crack, and it will be expanding and shrinking in accordance with the heat, expansion joints must also be installed to facilitate that movement. Once laid, the screed must be allowed to dry naturally (which shouldn't take more than seven days) before the heating system is turned on.



In this article, we have main introduced several things about the underfloor heating in wooden floors, get to know the types of underfloor heating pipes *( PEX pipe or PEX-AL-PEX pipe), how the wet underfloor heating systems work in wooden floor and what’s more, how to set the underfloor heating in wooden floors.

Look for a reliable Underfloor Heating Systems and Piping supplier? RIIFO can help you!

RIIFO piping systems obtained over 50 certifications, such as NSF, DVGW, AENOR, WRAS, Watermark, etc. These certifications show our technical power and quality. We can provide you with 25 years product warranty backed up by an international insurance company.

With PEX pipes or multilayer pipes as its pipe circuits, RIIFO Underfloor Heating System heats your room faster and safer. It meets the standards like CSA B137.5, ASTM F877, ASTM F1807, etc. Good performance in energy transfer, 3500 times better than Air System

and lower energy requirement versus an Air-Forced System, which can result in energy consumption savings of up to 40%. Choose RIIFO, choose your reliable piping partner!