Underfloor heating is a fantastic way to help heat homes and insulate floors. Simply combine one of many underfloor heating kits with the correct underfloor heating insulation to ensure you have a warmer home for longer.

There are many factors to consider when choosing insulation for underfloor heating. This includes thermal conductivity, moisture resistance and ease of installation. You also want to think about compatibility with your flooring system.

It’s also essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and consult with a professional installer. This ensures the insulation meets the specific requirements of your underfloor heating system.

In this guide, you can discover our recommendations for the best insulation for underfloor heating. Find out what sizes are available to you and how insulation can help maintain the heat in a property.

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What insulation should I use for underfloor heating?

Layers of wet underfloor heating and manifold.

When it comes to underfloor heating systems, it is important to choose the right insulation to enhance the performance and efficiency of the heating system. So, what should you look out for before laying insulation for underfloor heating?

Here are some of the most common insulation materials used for underfloor heating.

PIR insulation

Recticel Eurothane rigid insulation board.

PIR (polyisocyanurate) insulation materials offer high thermal efficiency and are often used in underfloor heating systems. They have low thermal conductivity and provide effective insulation.

We recommend a Recticel Eurothane PIR board with an underfloor heating kit.

This board is resistant to moisture from any dripping pipes or leaks. It also comes with a Class 1 fire rating. This means that after 10 minutes, a flame can’t spread more than 165mm.

The Recticel Eurothane PIR board also boasts an efficient U-value of 0.22 W/mK. So you can install this underfloor heating insulation into the floor space easily. Complete with different thicknesses from 25mm to 140mm.

Recticel insulation board isn’t only for underfloor heating insulation applications. You can also use it for pitched roofs and framed walls thanks to its rigid shape. This shape makes it easier to install than some other insulation types.

And that’s not all:

Prowall backer board

If you’re looking for an alternative solution, you should check out ProWarm. Their PIR boards are designed specifically for use as Class 1 insulation alongside underfloor heating systems. What’s more, they greatly reduce heat-up time and running costs, helping you save money on your energy bills.

But wait! There’s more:

BodenWärme underfloor heating insulation boards are another excellent choice. They effectively decrease the operational expenses of your electric underfloor heating system and enhance heat-up durations by up to a massive 50%. These boards are lightweight yet strong, with a compressive strength of 30 tonnes per m², allowing them to be suitable for nearly any tiled floor installation.

Underfloor heating insulation boards aren’t the only option.

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XPS insulation

Underfloor heating insulation board.

XPS (extruded polystyrene) insulation is another popular choice for underfloor heating. It has excellent thermal properties and can withstand the high temperatures associated with underfloor heating systems. XPS insulation boards are durable, moisture-resistant, and provide good thermal conductivity.


EPS Insulation

EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation is another commonly used material for underfloor heating. It is lightweight, easy to install, and has good thermal insulation properties. EPS insulation boards are available in various thicknesses to suit different insulation requirements.

And finally:

Cork Insulation

Cork insulation is a natural and sustainable option for underfloor heating. It has good thermal properties, is resistant to moisture, and provides acoustic insulation as well. So, it should come as no surprise that cork boards or rolls are commonly used for underfloor heating applications.

Underfloor heating sizes

Our wide range of the best insulation for underfloor heating has a plethora of sizes to choose from. With sizes available up to 200m² coverage, you can find the right amount for the task ahead.

Wattage also varies from as little as 140w to as high as 200w. So you have even more choices when choosing an underfloor heating system.

When fitting underfloor heating, where should you fit underfloor heating insulation?

Underfloor heating insulation diagram.

You can learn more about how to lay insulation for underfloor heating in our guide to laying underfloor heating.

Manufacturers’ instructions will vary. Typically you need to lay the insulation down underneath the system, being careful not to leave any large gaps. Do this as neatly as possible, taping the joints together to prevent the screed from falling underneath.

If fitting a wet system, place the pipe fixing system on top of the insulation at a 90-degree angle relative to the direction you will lay the pipes.

Want to learn more about underfloor heating? Check out our guide for everything you should know about underfloor heating.

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