Underfloor heating versus radiators: which is best?

Steve Birch, from heating company Vogue UK, has this advice for those finding it hard to choose between radiators and underfloor heating

Underfloor heating versus radiators: which is best?

If you’re in the process of adding a kitchen extension or carrying out a loft or garage conversion, you will inevitably come across the question of how to keep your new space warm in the winter months. Traditionally, the answer has been through radiators, but underfloor heating has become an increasingly popular and affordable option in recent years.

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So which heating solution is right for you? Read on to find out!

What are the advantages of underfloor heating?

Highly flexible, underfloor heating has been designed to accommodate any room irrespective of size or layout. Furthermore, you have complete control in terms of whether you use the underfloor system as your main supply of heating or whether it is installed to coincide with central heating and act as an additional source of heat and comfort in a room.

How does it compare with radiators?

In comparison to central heating, underfloor heating could be viewed as the superior heating option due to its advanced performance. Not only is it quieter when in use, but unlike the heat that is distributed from a radiator source, underfloor heating provides a more even, and constant distribution as the heat rises as opposed to being circulated around the room. 

If I choose to go with radiators, which are the best?

If you decide to go with radiators, quality raw materials are fundamental and different options can influence the performance. Stainless steel and brass are incredibly versatile and durable. Stainless steel can be chrome-plated, coated or painted, allowing the look to be customised according to the individual. In addition, brass and stainless steel radiators are suitable for connection to both open and closed heating circuits, thus not limiting the end user to one mode of operation.

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In my opinion, the finest radiator material would be mild steel because of its versatility. Not only is it suitable for all types of heating system, mild steel radiators also deliver a high heat output, which means they are extremely efficient. High-quality mild steel is a must for all other towel rails and designer radiators where a superb finish and longevity is required.