Yes! You can install floor heating underneath bamboo flooring. In fact, bamboo flooring is an ideal match for underfloor heating, as its natural properties help retain the heat.
Solid and engineered bamboo flooring are both compatible with underfloor heating systems, although it is advisable to check with your flooring supplier that the manufacturer has tested the specific type of bamboo flooring you are thinking about using.
Although bamboo has a slight insulating factor, it still has a good heat transfer and will warm your home effectively.
Bamboo flooring has dimensional stability that allows it to withstand fluctuations in temperature. The bamboo will naturally expand and contract slightly as the temperature increases and decreases.
We’ve listed a few important guidelines to ensure that your bamboo or hardwood floors provide a lifetime of quality use.
Steps To Follow When Installing Floor Heating With Bamboo Flooring:
|The subfloor should be dry, level, clean and properly prepared.|
|Allow the bamboo flooring to acclimatize before installation. Acclimatization is an important first step to extending the life of bamboo flooring. Place it in the room where it will be installed for at least 3-7 days before installation, to ensure the flooring won’t expand or contract during installation. This allows the bamboo flooring to acclimatize to the room’s standard temperature and balance with the environment.|
|The entire chosen room or area should have underfloor heating to allow your bamboo floor to heat up and cool down evenly.|
|If you decide to glue down your bamboo flooring, you must have a full surface bond using flexible flooring. Alternatively, your bamboo floor can be floated over a low tog underlay specifically designed for use with underfloor heating.|
|Never use nails or screws during the installation of your bamboo floor in case they puncture the underfloor heating element.|
|An expansion gap of at least 10mm must be left around the perimeter of the room, including doorways, to allow the bamboo to naturally expand and contract with the fluctuations in temperature.|
|The maximum surface temperature of your bamboo floor should not exceed 27ºC.|