Underfloor Heating – Which Floor Coverings Work Best?

It’s pretty safe to say that when you make the switch to underfloor heating, you’ll immediately wonder how you ever lived without it.

Your home feels not only warmer and more comfortable, but there’s something uniquely satisfying about the even distribution of heat provided by an underfloor system. And of course, the fact that you’ll see your bills plummet as a result comes as a pretty sweet bonus!

But here’s an important question to address – what exactly is the very best type of flooring to use with underfloor heating?

By ‘best’ we of course mean the most efficient and effective when it comes to heating your home, so which type of flooring should you ideally be looking to install if underfloor heating in on the cards for your home?

Stone and Ceramic Flooring.

Well, the simple answer to the question is that pretty much any kind of ceramic or stone flooring will always be the most effective and efficient solution for underfloor heating. The reason being that these are the most thermally conductive flooring options on the market, which in turn means that they’re able to not only efficiently and effectively transfer heat from the source, but also store and continue giving off heat in the examples of thicker stone.

Ceramic Tiles.

Of all the types of hard flooring on the market, perhaps the very best of all for underfloor heating systems are ceramic tiles. Incredibly conductive and fast-heating, ceramic-tiled floors work particularly well with underfloor heating systems when installed in bathrooms, kitchens or anywhere else around the home.


Likewise, slate is also a very effective conductor of heat and offers exceptional durability to boot. Though slightly more expensive than standard ceramic tiles, the visual impact of slate can be uniquely appealing.

Thicker Flagstones.

While thicker stone floors are also perfectly suited to underfloor heating systems, they will inherently take a great deal longer to heat up and utilise more energy in doing so. However, the thick stone will build something of a stockpile of additional heat which will continue to be emitted long after the heating system has been switched off.


Marble floors have very similar properties to standard stone floors and can be selected in a wide variety of thicknesses. Wonderfully efficient, marble floors are among the most beautiful of all though can be rather on the expensive side.


There are certain types of engineered timber that can be used effectively with underfloor heating, though care must be taken to ensure that the wood is both suitable for such use and will not be damaged by the on-going heat and temperature changes.


Last but not least, most types of carpet are compatible with underfloor heating systems though in terms of efficiency bring very little to the table. As the material itself will inevitably be a less-than ideal conductor, the heating system has to work harder to create the same home warming effect.

For more information on underfloor heating systems or to discuss the most appropriate floor coverings, give Simply Tiles a call today.