Can I use laminate flooring with underfloor heating?

All Pergo laminate floors can be used with underfloor heating. This is true for underfloor heating systems with heating components - hot water or electric – embedded in the floor.

Remember that you must never glue the floor and make sure to use an underlay with moisture barrier to prevent possible condensation problems. The choice of underlay is also important to ensure maximum heat circulation.

Combining laminate with underfloor heating

  • Switch the heating off completely until the floor temperature is under 18°C
  • Choose the right underlay (with moisture barrier)
  • Do not glue your laminate
  • After laying your floor, you must restart the heating gradually (5°C per day)
  • The maximum allowed contact temperature is 27°C.
  • Always change the temperature gradually at the start and end of a heating period
  • Avoid heat accumulation by carpets or rugs or by leaving insufficient space between furniture and the floor

Floor cooling

The combination of heating and cooling is also possible for laminate floors, but some technical precautions have to be taken into account. Check the installation manual on underfloor heating' for more details.

If you want to use heating mats on the screed, read the technical instructions and check with the supplier of these mats if they can be used in combination with laminate.

Always follow the special guidelines for underfloor heating and cooling. When in doubt, contact your dealer for advice.

Heat resistance

The maximum allowed heat resistance (R) of a floor covering is 0.15 m²K/W (EN 4725). The respective values for Pergo are as follows. R is the total heat resistance of laminate flooring combined with the respective underlay.

Profess
SoundBloc
Smart
Underlay
+
(*)
Smart
Underlay
(*)
Underlay
Foam
Whisper-walk Moisture bloc
extreme
mm 2 1.2 3 0.95 4 2.5
Thermal resistance of the overall structure (m2 K / W)
Living Expression 8 0.11 0.15 0.17 0.11 0.12 0.10
Original Excellence 8 0.11 0.15 0.17 0.11 0.12 0.10
Public Extreme 9 0.12 0.15 0.17 0.11 0.13 0.11
Long planks 10 0.12 0.16 0.18 0.12 0.13 0.12
* This underlay is not suited for underfloor heating.

Download PDF 'Manual for the installation of Pergo laminate on underfloor heating'.