The perfect fusion: tiles and underfloor heating

The combination of tiles and underfloor heating is like a harmonious dance between functionality and comfort. Choosing the right tiles for underfloor heating is essential to take full advantage of both the aesthetics and efficiency of this modern heating method. Underfloor heating is nowadays often installed as standard in new-build homes, but underfloor heating is also often used during renovation.

Underfloor heating is a good and sustainable way to heat, because the heat is distributed throughout the floor and rises slowly. When using radiators, the heat mainly rises to the ceiling and only later does the entire room fill with the heat. Because the heat can be felt immediately and the entire room fills quickly, the boiler can heat at a low temperature. The maximum heating temperature for underfloor heating is usually around 45 degrees. The central heating boiler can then burn with less consumption, which reduces gas consumption. This makes a heat pump a good option for underfloor heating, making it possible to switch to heating without gas consumption. In this blog we discover the benefits, considerations and the best tile options for underfloor heating.

Advantages of tiles in underfloor heating

Tiles are excellent conductors of heat. Underfloor heating distributes heat evenly over the surface, which creates comfortable conditions in the room. Underfloor heating also eliminates the need for wall-mounted radiators or heating panels, saving valuable space. Underfloor heating also operates at lower temperatures than traditional radiators, resulting in energy savings and lower heating costs. Finally, tiles offer a wide range of design possibilities and can be seamlessly integrated into any interior.

Considerations when choosing tiles

Choose tiles with good thermal conductivity, such as ceramic or porcelain tiles. Natural stone can also be used, but it is important to ensure that it is suitable for underfloor heating. Thicker tiles can reduce heat transfer. Choose tiles with a medium thickness to maintain a good balance between thermal conductivity and comfort. Please note the heat resistance of the tiles, expressed in R-value. The lower the R-value, the better the thermal conductivity. Matte finishes can dissipate heat better than glossy finishes, which reflect heat.

Best tile options for underfloor heating:

  1. Ceramic tiles: These are excellent heat conductors, durable and available in various designs. They are a popular choice for underfloor heating systems.
  2. Porcelain Tiles: Like ceramics, porcelain tiles have good thermal conductivity and are very durable.
  3. Natural Stone Tiles: Some natural stone tiles, such as slate and granite, are suitable for underfloor heating. Make sure you seek advice from professionals.

Installation and Care

It is important that the underfloor heating is installed by professionals with experience in both tile installation and heating systems. Perform a gradual warm-up and cool-down period to minimize stress in the tiles and keep the floor clean and free of obstacles to optimize heat distribution.

Tiles and underfloor heating are a perfect combination for modern homes. The thermal conductivity of tiles ensures comfortable and energy-efficient heating, while the wide range of designs means you don't have to compromise on aesthetics. When choosing tiles for underfloor heating, it is important to consider thermal conductivity, thickness and finish to achieve the ideal synergy between warmth and comfort. With proper installation and care, you will be able to enjoy a warm, stylish and comfortable living space.