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radiant floor heat and hardwood floors

Posted by swisk (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 14, 12 at 17:05

I'm wondering if anyone can share their experience with or knowledge about using hardwood floors with radiant floor heating. Our new house has radiant floor heat but currently has carpet and ceramic tile in areas where we would like to have hardwood floors. From my online research, hardwood flooring is definitely an option if engineered wood is used as well as a special pad (warmboard? - I've forgotten the name). I also understand it's best to float the floor, vs nail or glue.

If you have radiant heat and hardwood floors, how do you like it? Have you run into any problems? Any installation tips? Any floating floor issues?

Thank you for any advice you can give!

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RE: radiant floor heat and hardwood floors

We have warmboard under oak flooring, not engineered wood. It is great - even heat. We did use quartersawn lumber rather than plain becauase it is much more resistant to expansion and contraction.

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