Radiant floor heating is quiet and unobtrusive as well as producing fewer allergens when compared to traditional heating methods.

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Radiant Floor Heating conducts heat beneath the floor surface rather than through the air like conventional forced-air heating systems. The warmth is supplied either by Hot water Tubes or Electric Wires buried underneath the floor.

What You Need To Know About Radiant Floor Heating

How It Works & What's Required:

Hot water is pumped from a boiler through a loop of flexible tubing embedded in the floor. You'll need to have a High-Efficiency Boiler for your new system to work

What If I Already Have a High-Efficiency Boiler?

You would have to add an additional boiler specifically for the Radiant Floor Heating or you would have to add a high-efficiency, condensing gas-modulating boiler that is capable of heating both, your domestic hot water and you new radiant floor heat system.

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Types of Flooring for Radiant Floor Heat

Choosing the right flooring for your radiant floor heating application is extremely important. Whether you are adding a comfortable new addition to your home or starting your dream home from scratch, ensuring you make the right deciscions for your home heating and cooling options is paramount. We recommend using the following flooring types when installing radiant floor heating in your home.

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  1. Tile Flooring

    Porcelain and ceramic tile are great conductors of heat, so your home will get the full benefit of the radiant heating system. In addition, tile flooring will not expand as it warms or contracts as it cools. Such expansion and contraction can cause cracking. That’s not a problem with tile.

  2. Laminate Flooring

    Laminate flooring replicates the look of solid hardwood flooring or tile flooring without the expense. It also does a great job over radiant heat. The laminate material is built up with layers of wood that run in opposite directions. This creates a more stable material than solid hardwood. The laminate won’t expand and contract, in other words, like solid hardwood flooring wood.

  3. Engineered Wood Flooring

    Like laminate, it is produced in layers, so it has a more stable base that won’t react to the heating and cooling process. The top layer, or wear layer, is solid wood and comes in all the same varieties that you’ll find with other solid hardwood flooring. Engineered flooring even comes in bamboo. It looks great, wears great and warms great.

  4. Natural Stone Flooring

    Granite, travertine, sandstone and other natural stone flooring types conduct heat wonderfully. You might think of stone as cold, but not when it has got warm water flowing beneath it. If you never thought you’d like to walk on stone flooring bare-footed in January, you never considered radiant heat!

What Flooring Should Not Be Used Over Radiant Heat?

What about the opposite question? What type of flooring should not be installed over radiant heat? Carpet has insulation value, so it will prevent some of the heat from transferring through into your home. You can use a few area rugs over the flooring, but avoid large rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting.

Vinyl flooring is not a good choice either. The heat may discolor the vinyl or cause the off-gassing of chemicals. Finally, solid hardwood flooring will swell and shrink with the heating/cooling process, especially in homes that use a humidifier during winter. You don’t want to invest in pricey hardwood flooring only to have it cup, buckle, crown and crack.

If you’re planning to install comfortable, efficient radiant heat, your best choices for use with radiant heating are tile flooring, laminate flooring, engineered flooring and natural stone flooring.

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