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Underfloor Heating Market Report – UK 2022-2026

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Underfloor heating is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the UK heating industry, accounting for around 8% share by value in 2021. The report focuses on market size and trends, regulatory developments, product mix, industry supply, distribution, and market prospects. Gain a greater understanding of this market at a granular level and get access to forecasting up until 2026.

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Market Summary

  • Market size by value 2017 to 2022:
    • Rates of Change
    • Market overview including the main benefits of underfloor heating
    • Market share estimates of the leading UFH suppliers.
  • Market splits including mix by product type:
    • Water-based
    • Electric UFH
      • By end-use application – residential, non-residential; by type of installation – new build, retrofit.

Key Issues Covered in the Report

  • An assessment of the impact of Brexit, the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis on the UK underfloor heating market, including the ongoing supply chain issues, the high price of imports and escalating production costs.
  • Review and market size estimates of the water-based and electric UFH product sectors, including product mix, end-use application mix, and market mix in terms of new build and retrofit installations.
  • Assessment of key end-use applications with a focus on the sectors that offer the greatest potential for growth – new housebuilding, residential RMI, self-build housing, non-residential applications, public sector applications etc.
  • Overview of the leading UK UFH manufacturers including company profiles and financials.
  • Supply chain review including market map, main distributors, and key channels.

Areas of Particular Interest

  • Changing legislation impacting market demand for underfloor heating including Interim Part L 2021, 2025 Future Homes Standard, SAP 10 etc.
  • The government 2050 target for carbon net zero emissions and the influence of increasing environmental legislation regarding energy efficiency.
  • The increasing focus on renewable technologies, particularly heat pumps, and the impact this has on underfloor heating market demand.
  • Product innovation and technological developments such as hybrid and retrofit solutions and the development of smart UFH controls. The increased requirement for interoperability and remote control of intelligent UFH systems.

Market Influences & Drivers

  • Main influences that drive the underfloor heating industry including detailed PESTLE analysis.
  • Analysis including impact of Brexit, the pandemic, and cost-of-living crisis.
    • Changes in government leadership, policy, and standards.
    • Economic forecasts and impact on confidence levels.
    • Social factors such as interior design trends including open-plan living, growth of wetrooms and floorcovering trends.
    • Product innovations including hybrid and retrofit solutions and the development of smart UFH controls.
    • Environmental influences including the uptake of renewables, particularly heat pumps, and their compatibility with underfloor heating systems.

Market Forecasts

  • Ten-year UK underfloor heating market view 2017 – 2021, plus forecasts to 2026, rates of change.
  • Summary of market prospects and influences.

In recent years market demand for underfloor heating has grown steadily in the UK, particularly within the residential sector. Advances in technology, making systems easier to install and control, coupled with the requirement for improved energy efficiency and added comfort, have all contributed towards this growth.

Underfloor heating is increasingly viewed as a viable alternative to more traditional methods of home heating by many UK households. It offers many advantages over radiators including added comfort, cleaner air and it is cheaper to run. Its suitability and compatibility with many popular hard floorcoverings – such as ceramic tiles and stone – means that further penetration in UK homes is expected.

Growth is also projected within the non-residential sector, despite the current uncertain economic climate with new government leadership and the cost-of-living crisis. Adoption of underfloor heating systems is steadily increasing in non-residential buildings such as schools, hospitals, and commercial offices.

One significant driver of underfloor heating is the increasing focus on energy efficiency, with the government drive towards carbon net zero emissions by 2050 and the implementation of the Future Homes Standard by 2025.

Given that the central heating demand of new build homes to meet this new housing standard is likely to be exceptionally low, the relatively low output of a heat pump is anticipated to be suitable for most UK residential housing. Water-based underfloor heating systems are particularly compatible with this low-carbon home energy solution.

In addition, there is a greater focus upon home energy ratings via Standard Assessment Procedures (SAP 10) and the 2021 interim uplift to Part L of the Building Regulations. These have contributed towards growth in demand for more energy efficient home heating solutions such as water-based and electric underfloor heating.

Another positive influence on the UK underfloor heating market is the growing number of plumbing & heating engineers which have been trained in the installation of underfloor heating systems. Greater product awareness and knowledge amongst installers is likely to boost recommendations to customers.

Product developments have made underfloor heating systems easier to install, broadening their appeal for the retrofit market. This has led to the emergence of systems (both water-based and electric) which can be laid over existing floors, thereby minimising disruption and speeding up installation time.

The prospects for the UK underfloor heating market in Q4-2022 are positive, with a strengthening construction pipeline of new work and RMI activity going forward. The market is expected to achieve a CAGR of 4.91% between 2022 and 2026, with the annual growth rate increasing towards the end of the forecast period.

Product Subsectors

  • Water-based UFH
    • Sector size by value 2017-2022
    • Market Overview
      • Trends
      • Influences
    • Product Developments
    • Market Split by End Use Application
    • End Users
    • Key Players
    • Leading Company Market Shares and Profiles
  • Electric UFH
    • Sector size by value 2017-2022
    • Market Overview
      • Cable Systems
      • Electric Mat Systems
    • Product Developments
    • Market Split by End Use Application
    • End Users
    • Key Players
    • Leading Company Market Shares and Profiles

End Use Sectors

  • Summary of sectors driving demand for underfloor heating products, market split by sector.
  • Residential new build prospects and influences including housebuilding starts and completions, mix by type of dwelling, self-build market activity, affordable housing.
  • Residential RMI prospects and influences including growth in home improvements
    • UFH in conservatories and glazed extensions and garden buildings for ‘all year round’ use
  • Non-residential new work prospects and influences including construction activity, overall and by key end-use sectors
    • Health
    • Education


  • Review of distribution – market map, key channels, direct and indirect supply.
    • Company overview and financials of key distributors – merchants, electrical wholesalers, home improvement multiples, online retailers, tile specialists etc.
    • Underfloor heating contractors.

Major Suppliers and Key Industry Players in the Report

  • Travis Perkins
  • Wolseley UK
  • UK Plumbing Supplies
  • Saint Gobain
  • Grafton
  • Plumbase
  • Online Home Retail
  • Plumbworld
  • Huws Gray
  • Frontline Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Distribution Group
  • And more
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