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Keep Your House Warm This Winter with Radiant Bamboo Flooring

Winter is officially upon us, and for many people around the country, that means cold weather and more cold weather. When it’s cold outside, chances are you want to stay indoors where it’s nice and toasty. The thing is, when your home is not well insulated or doesn’t have an efficient heating system, the winter chill can be felt inside as well. That’s why it’s really important to invest in a heating system that will keep you and your family snug as a bug in a rug while Ol’ Jack Frost is beating down your door.

Radiant Floors

More homeowners are discovering radiant floor heating as an option to heat their homes in the winter. This system, when installed properly, can fill a room with warm air from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. Most heating systems, like baseboard heating or even forced air heat, provide spotty coverage, but radiant heat is evenly displaced throughout a space so homeowners don’t have to avoid going near windows or cover up under a pile of throw blankets just to avoid catching a chill inside. And, when radiant floors are combined with quality insulation and windows with a high R-Value, the house will be the perfect atmosphere to get cozy even on the coldest winter days.

Not Just Warm but Energy Efficient Too!

Not only is radiant floor heating incredibly effective, it’s also very efficient as well. This particular system can maintain temperatures in the home without consuming large amounts of energy whether that energy is coming from renewable sources or traditional ones like oil or gas.

Installing Bamboo Over a Radiant Heat System

Bamboo flooring is one of the best options to install over a radiant heat system because bamboo can withstand changes in humidity better than traditional hardwood floors. Hardwood floors tend to dry out over time because of the constant heat rising up through the planks. If you have a radiant heat system and are considering installing bamboo over it, here are some things to keep in mind.

Use a Subfloor

Never place bamboo planks directly over your radiant heat system as you will need a good barrier between the direct heat and your bamboo planks. Consider using a quality piece of at least 5/8 thick plywood. It is not recommended that you use a cheaper OSB type of wood because this will not hold up very well with the heat and humidity that is generated by your radiant heating system. Remember, this subfloor is not only a heat shield for your bamboo floor, it will also make your bamboo floors much more stable as well.

Use the Floating Floor Installation Method

Driving nails through the tongues of your planks is asking for trouble when you’re installing over radiant heat as you can easily rupture one of the heating coils below the subfloor. Although the glue-down method is fine, we recommend you go with the floating floor method that will not require nails or any type of adhesive.

Allow Your Bamboo Planks to Acclimate

Always let your bamboo planks acclimate to the inside temperatures and humidity levels of your home. This is a critically step to any installation, but especially so when installing bamboo over a radiant heating system. Allow the flooring to acclimate in the room you are installing it in for at least 72 hours. This will allow your radiant heating to go through a few heating cycles so the planks will be better able to handle the variations in heat and humidity. And, it’s always best to take the planks out of the packaging and lay them out on the floor.

One Final Tip

Although bamboo is a very versatile building material, being a tropical grass, it is used to a constant heat and will react to any major fluctuations. For best results, try to keep the heat in your home set to one setting, give or take 10 degrees. For instance, if you like the heat in your home during the day to be 73, don’t set your nighttime heat below 63.

A radiant heat system plus gorgeous bamboo floors equals a lovely warmth unlike any other.

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