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Why flagstones work well with underfloor heating

We have touched on the topic of flagstones and underfloor heating in one of our previous blog posts ‘Busting the Myths surrounding Flagstone Flooring’, but as we get asked frequently at Whitehall if our stone works well with underfloor heating, we wanted to expand on this topic further! In a nutshell, the answer is absolutely, yes! Stone flooring and underfloor heating work extremely well together for various reasons. Whether you have already started your project or just starting to think about future plans, we are here to help you find out more about the options available to you.Here are five brilliant reasons why underfloor heating could be the perfect addition to your home and why it works well with stone flooring:

  • Stone is a great conductor so is ideally suited to be laid over underfloor heating. You’ll be pleased to know that the thickness of a flagstone is also likely to have minimal impact on the efficiency of underfloor heating so you are not limited to options when choosing from our flagstones. 
  • Although stone may take longer to heat up initially in comparison to other flooring types, stone actually retains its heat really well, therefore it can be considered more efficient. Once your room has reached optimal temperature and the underfloor heating is turned off, your stone will hold its heat for longer than a traditional radiator, ensuring that your home stays cosy and warm for longer. 
  • If you are wanting to free up your wall space, underfloor heating could be a really great option for you. As you will not require traditional wall mounted radiators, you will be able to allow more wall space for that extra piece of furniture or feature wall you always wanted! 
  • Underfloor heating allows for even heating of a room as it heats from below throughout the whole room, unlike traditional wall mounted radiators which only heat from the area they are mounted to. Often, in homes where radiators are used, we find that heat is sometimes lost through the ceiling and not distributed evenly throughout the room, creating pockets of hotter or cooler areas.
  • No more searching high and low for your slippers on a daily basis! We dont know about you -  but we can never remember where we have left ours! 

There are two main types of underfloor heating systems in the UK, usually referred to as either ‘dry’ or ‘wet’. A dry underfloor heating system is an electric system, usually operated by a thermostat and typically quite easy and low cost to install in comparison to a wet system. A wet underfloor heating system is different in the sense that water is heated by a boiler or renewable methods such as heat pumps or solar panels, and then passed through a circulation of pipes that run under the floor. Both types of heating systems heat up your floor, which then heats up the air closest to it and as heat rises, the cycle continues. It can be tricky to decide which type of underfloor heating system is right for your home. Both types of heating work well alongside stone flooring, so if you are set on having flagstones you are in luck! TheGreenAge have listed some pros and cons on their website for both types of underfloor heating which we think is really helpful to get you started, have a read here

If you would like to find out more about our flagstones and underfloor heating, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have! Give us a call on 01432 870 855 or email shop@white-hall.co.uk. You may also want to visit our frequently asked questions page here or order your free samples here.