Floor Heating Tests under Bamboo and Microlite flooring
- Published on Friday, 18 November 2011 10:47 18 November 2011
Improved sustainability value makes bamboo floating floors increasingly more popular than solid timber boards. Resilient laminates, like the new Schneid Microlite composite floating floors, alson enjoy increased popularity in young families homes due to the high resilience factor.
Underlay and heater Eco Flooring Bamboo Schneid Microlite Composite
Coldbuster completed two weeks testing of floor heating under both Solid strandwoven Bamboo (provided by Eco Flooring systems ) and Microlite Composite Flooring (provided by Schneid flooring ).
They are both dense materials (Bamboo has a higher density than most floating timber, Microlite flooring is an extruded mixture of stone powder and resins) and therefore we expeced both flooring materials to conduct the heat well.
The Coldbuster heater used was a laminated panel heater (output 160W/sqm) installed on top of 7mm Dunlop Aquacoustic underlay over concrete. The heater was set to run at full power for 14 days in the static air environment of our warehouse, from 8am - 6pm. Temperature measurements were taken by a FLIR i7 infrared camera at 9am, 1pm and 5pm Daily.
For both Bamboo and Microlite flooring the average warm up time was 35min. During the test the average ambient air temperature was 24.6 degrees and the average temperature of the concrete was 22.2 degrees. The Bamboo heated to an average of 33.4 degrees and the Microlite composite averaged 35.6 (10mm) and 34.1 (15mm) degress celcius (all surface temperatures of the material)
Other results from the test were;
1. Although the bamboo surface exceeded the 27-28 degrees, the bamboo boards remained stable and did not buckle or warp.
2. The 10mm Microlite boards had marginally better heat conduction than the 15mm and did not buckle or warp either.