Thermal effects on wood
Wood flooring has different thermal properties depending on the type. The denser and thinner your floorboards are, the more suitable they will be for conducting heat while holding their form.
Raising the temperature of a floor can alter the moisture content when it comes to wood. Kiln-dried wood will tend to adapt the best to heating just because it has been heat-treated and gone through some physical transformation already. Wood contains tiny little pores that hold moisture- like a sponge- so they can expand, warp, or bow and shrink when humidity and temperatures shift.
Attention must also be paid to board thickness when it comes to hardwood in homes. Typically, thick, dense solid hardwood is a long-lasting and desirable product. However, the extra depth and density can act as an insulator and block some of the heat from coming through.
Engineered timber performs well as it carries the beneficial properties of wood but has been heat-treated. It’s thin enough to allow free conduction of warmth through it. Because of its many, dense layers and resin over a solid core, this type of wood won’t tend to warp or cup the way that hardwood may. A general rule for hardwood flooring is that surface temperature shouldn’t exceed 80.6°F.
If you’re installing new floors, you’ll want to ensure you make a sound investment both for the long-term beauty of your boards, and energy efficient heating. Our floor experts
can help guide you so you choose the right material for the job.