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Question by  plantgal (23)

What kind of flooring can I put over radiant heat?


Answer by  bug57 (1048)

Concrete and harder types of wood flooring are the best to pair with radiant heating systems. Carpet and laminates have a tenancy to cause problems or be fire hazards. There are usually guidelines with each different set-up.


Answer by  jrr (46)

Radiant underfloor heat works very well under ceramic tile because the ceramic absorbs the heat and holds it longer than a wood or laminate floor does. That said you can put radiant underfloor heat under wood or a laminate (like Pergo) but I've been told that the results will be better with ceramic.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

Most people tend to put either tile or wood. It is easy to install over the wiring and tubing of the radiant heat system. Solid flooring is also a good conductor of heat.


Answer by  hello93 (149)

I know that I have a family member that has ceramic tile over hers. I would suggest asking an expert at your local stores for further information. You can get information from your contractor as well.


Answer by  basil (311)

Radiant heat can be installed under a wide variety of flooring types including ceramic tile, vinyl, linoleum, laminated wood flooring products and even thin carpet.


Answer by  Tabatha (440)

Ceramic and laminate flooring is best when you have radiant heat. However, you can have wood flooring but there are several things that must be considered. First, make sure that you can turn on the radiant heating system before laying down wood floors. You need a dry subfloor and a dry slab or the floors will expand due to moisture.

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