Electric underfloor heating installation: Everything you need to know

Electric underfloor heating installation set-up with wood floor on top
You can lay stone, laminate and carpet on top of electric underfloor heating (Image credit: Getty)

Electric underfloor heating installation can be less complex for DIYers than installing wet systems. Wiring can be purchased in rolls of matting that can be simply rolled out without having to position and fix each wire individually. 

Electric underfloor heating (UFH) is an option many homeowners choose when retrofitting underfloor heating. This is because it can be thin and low profile so the floor doesn't have to be dug out to add it during a renovation or kitchen or bathroom refit. For this reason, it also commonly used for first floor rooms. 

A portrait of electrician Jonathan Bacon
Jonathan Bacon

Jonathan has 26 years of experience with electrical installations, including electric underfloor heating

Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and Metro.co.uk before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.