Radiant Heated Floor: Do I Need That?
Over My Existing Floor?
Are you considering adding a radiant heated floor over your existing floor? It could be one of the
best decisions you make. A radiant heated floor means no more radiators clanking in the night
and no noisy vents. No longer will you have a dust-spewing ductwork that triggers any allergy.
This is why radiant floor heating is becoming a popular option. The heat is produced by hot
water tubes or electric wires that are buried under the flooring. When the invisible thermal
radiation rises from below, any object that comes in their way catches heat.
Although the air temperature stays constant, the surrounding surfaces are not stealing warmth
from your body, ensuring your comfort at all times. Although floor heating temperatures do not
harm the wood, different moisture contents eventually cause it to move in several ways. When
installing hardwood or any other kind of floor in a home or office, the moisture level plays a
major role in successful floor performance.
Adding heat to the floor makes moisture a critical factor. The heating contractor and the wood
floor installer must be cautious of a few important considerations when combining floor heating
and wood floors. Almost all movement in a wood floor is because of moisture. Consequently,
the more constant the moisture content is, the fewer problems your floor will have over its life-
Cracks in the board and gaps are due to low moisture levels. The surface may warp or cup when
the moisture content is uneven or too high. Whatever the case, it generally happens as a result
of not the wood not adjusting to its surroundings before installation. All heating contractors
must follow these rules to prepare radiant heated floors for maximum performance.
• Even Heat (The subfloor temperature should be as low as possible)
• Low Temperature (The subfloor should be as even as possible)
• Acclimation (The subfloor or slab must be dry)
A welcoming and warm wood floor is all you want on a chilly winter day or a cold long night.
Radiant heated floors don’t just look great, but also they will add comfort and convenience to
your home. There are numerous types of wood floorings used over heated floors. All types of
flooring must be dimensionally stable and not likely to be affected by moisture, regardless of
whether you are investing in engineered, laminated, or solid wood flooring.