Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant Floor Heating

Interest has increased in radiant floor heating with the introduction of nonmetallic tubing and new design, application, and control techniques. Whichever method is used for optimum floor output and comfort, it is important that the heat be evenly distributed over

the floor. Spacing is generally 4 to 12 in on centers for the coils. Wide spacing under tile or bare floors can cause uneven surface temperatures.Embedded Piping in Concrete Slab. Plastic, rubber, ferrous, and nonferrous pipe and tube are used in floor slabs that rest on grade. The coils are constructed as sinuous-continuous pipe coils or arranged as header coils with the pipes spaced from 6 to 18 in. on centers. The coils are generally installed with 1.5 to 4 in. of cover above them. Insulation is recommended to reduce the perimeter and back losses. Figure 20 shows the application of pipe coils in slabs resting on grade. Coils should be embedded completely and should not rest on an interface. Any supports used for positioning the heating coils should be nonabsorbent and inorganic. Reinforcing steel, angle iron, pieces of pipe or stone, or concrete mounds can be used. No wood, brick, concrete block, or similar materials should support coils. A waterproofing layer is desirable to protect insulation and piping.

Where coils are embedded in structural load-supporting slabs above grade, construction codes may affect their position. Otherwise, the coil piping is installed as described for slabs resting on grade.

The warm-up and start-up period for concrete panels are similar to those outlined for plaster panels.

Embedded systems may fail sometime during their life. Adequate valves and properly labeled drawings will help isolate the

point of failure.

Radiant floor heating can be installed in any new or existing building. Residential, commercial, public, or agricultural. It can be installed in concrete or suspended wood floors.

Although hot water can be used with virtually any type of heating system, including forced air and baseboard, we want to talk specifically about radiant floor heat. Whether you are planning new construction or want to improve comfort and reduce costs by updating the heating system in your existing home, business, church or any other facility, you should consider the advantages of installing a radiant floor heating system. With this heating system, heat radiates from the entire floor.

Advantages Of Radiant Floor Heat

No Cold Spots:

With Radiant Floor Heating, heat radiates from the entire floor. You get a warm floor and even heat without hot or cold spots.

Quiet and Invisible:

Radiant Floor Heating is the invisible heating system. You can’t see it, you can’t even hear it. There’s no fan, no ducts in the floor and no radiators along the wall.

Cleaner:

With no radiators or duct work to attract and trap dust you’ll have less cleaning and there won’t be any germs, allergens or dust blowing.

Healthier:

Radiant Floor Heating does not dry out the air like a forced air system and there is less heat loss when doors are opened in the winter. You can even open windows for ventilation without significant heat loss. People with allergies have fewer problems with floor heat.

Improved Comfort

The human body temperature is the highest in the head and circulation is poorest in the feet. Look at the Ideal Heating Curve for the Human Body

Interest has increased in radiant floor heating with the introduction of nonmetallic tubing and new design, application, and control techniques. Whichever method is used for optimum floor output and comfort, it is important that the heat be evenly distributed over

the floor. Spacing is generally 4 to 12 in on centers for the coils. Wide spacing under tile or bare floors can cause uneven surface temperatures.Embedded Piping in Concrete Slab. Plastic, rubber, ferrous, and nonferrous pipe and tube are used in floor slabs that rest on grade. The coils are constructed as sinuous-continuous pipe coils or arranged as header coils with the pipes spaced from 6 to 18 in. on centers. The coils are generally installed with 1.5 to 4 in. of cover above them. Insulation is recommended to reduce the perimeter and back losses. Figure 20 shows the application of pipe coils in slabs resting on grade. Coils should be embedded completely and should not rest on an interface. Any supports used for positioning the heating coils should be nonabsorbent and inorganic. Reinforcing steel, angle iron, pieces of pipe or stone, or concrete mounds can be used. No wood, brick, concrete block, or similar materials should support coils. A waterproofing layer is desirable to protect insulation and piping.

Where coils are embedded in structural load-supporting slabs above grade, construction codes may affect their position. Otherwise, the coil piping is installed as described for slabs resting on grade.

The warm-up and start-up period for concrete panels are similar to those outlined for plaster panels.

Embedded systems may fail sometime during their life. Adequate valves and properly labeled drawings will help isolate the

point of failure.

Radiant floor heating can be installed in any new or existing building. Residential, commercial, public, or agricultural. It can be installed in concrete or suspended wood floors.

Although hot water can be used with virtually any type of heating system, including forced air and baseboard, we want to talk specifically about radiant floor heat. Whether you are planning new construction or want to improve comfort and reduce costs by updating the heating system in your existing home, business, church or any other facility, you should consider the advantages of installing a radiant floor heating system. With this heating system, heat radiates from the entire floor.

Advantages Of Radiant Floor Heat

No Cold Spots:

With Radiant Floor Heating, heat radiates from the entire floor. You get a warm floor and even heat without hot or cold spots.

Quiet and Invisible:

Radiant Floor Heating is the invisible heating system. You can’t see it, you can’t even hear it. There’s no fan, no ducts in the floor and no radiators along the wall.

Cleaner:

With no radiators or duct work to attract and trap dust you’ll have less cleaning and there won’t be any germs, allergens or dust blowing.

Healthier:

Radiant Floor Heating does not dry out the air like a forced air system and there is less heat loss when doors are opened in the winter. You can even open windows for ventilation without significant heat loss. People with allergies have fewer problems with floor heat.

Improved Comfort

The human body temperature is the highest in the head and circulation is poorest in the feet. Look at the Ideal Heating Curve for the Human Body

Types of Radiant Floor Heating

There are three types of radiant floor heat: radiant air floors (air is the heat carrying medium); electric radiant floors; and hot water (hydronic) radiant floors. All three types can be further subdivided by the type of installation: those that make use of the large thermal mass of a concrete slab floor or lightweight concrete over a wooden subfloor (these are called wet installations); and those in which the installer sandwiches the radiant floor tubing between two layers of plywood or attaches the tubing under the finished or subfloor (dry installations).

Because air cannot hold large amounts of heat, radiant air floors are not cost-effective in residential applications, and are seldom installed.

Electric radiant floors are usually only cost-effective if your electric utility company offers time-of-use rates. Time-of-use rates allow you to charge the concrete floor with heat during off-peak hours (approximately 9 p.m. to 6 am). If the floor’s thermal mass is large enough, the heat stored in it will keep the house comfortable for eight to ten hours, without any further electrical input. This saves a considerable number of energy dollars compared to heating at peak electric rates during the day.

Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective systems for heating-dominated climates. They have been in extensive use in Europe for decades. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor. The temperature in each room is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water through each tubing loop. This is done by a system of zoning valves or pumps and thermostats.

Wet installations are the oldest form of modern radiant floor systems. In a wet installation, the tubing is embedded in the concrete foundation slab, or in a lightweight concrete slab on top of a subfloor, or over a previously poured slab. If the new floor is not on solid earth, additional floor support may be necessary because of the added weight. You should consult a professional engineer to determine the floor’s carrying capacity.

However, due to recent innovations in floor technology, dry floors have been gaining a lot of popularity over wet floors. Much of this is because a dry floor is faster and less expensive to build. There are several ways to make a dry radiant floor. Some dry installations involve suspending the tubing underneath the subfloor between the joists. This method usually requires drilling through the floor joists in order to install the tubing. Reflective insulation must also be installed under the tubes to direct the heat upward. Tubing may also be installed from above the floor, between two layers of subfloor. In these instances, the tubes are often in aluminum diffusers that spread the water’s heat across the floor in order to heat the floor more evenly. The tubing and heat diffusers are secured between furring strips (sleepers) which carry the weight of the new subfloor and finished floor surface.

At least one company has improved on this idea by making a plywood subfloor material manufactured with tubing grooves and aluminum heat diffuser plates built into them. The manufacturer claims that this product makes a radiant floor system (for new construction) considerably less expensive to install and faster to react to room temperature changes. Such products also allow for the use of half as much tubing since the heat transfer characteristics of the floor is greatly improved over more traditional dry or wet floors.

Floor Coverings

Although ceramic tile is the most common floor covering for radiant floor heating, almost any floor covering can be used. However, some perform better than others. Common floor coverings like vinyl and linoleum sheet goods, carpeting, wood or bare concrete is often specified. However, it is wise to always remember that anything that can insulate the floor also reduces or slows the heat entering the space from the floor system. This in turn increases fuel consumption.

If you want carpeting, use a thin carpet with dense padding and install as little carpeting as possible. If some rooms, but not all, will have a floor covering then those rooms should have a separate tubing loop to make the system heat these spaces more efficiently. This is because the water flowing under the covered floor will need to be hotter to compensate for the floor covering.

Most radiant floor references also recommend using laminated wood flooring instead of solid wood. This reduces the possibility of the wood shrinking and cracking from the drying effects of the heat. While solid wood flooring can be used, the installer is strongly advised to be very familiar with radiant floor systems before attempting to install natural wood flooring over a radiant floor system. Most manufacturers and manuals relating to radiant floors offer guidelines to help you resolve these issues.

Types of Tubing

Older radiant floor systems used either copper or steel tubing embedded in the concrete floors. Unless the builder coated the tubing with a protective compound, a chemical reaction between the metal and the concrete often led to corrosion of the tubing, and to eventual leaks. Major manufacturers of hydronic radiant floor systems now use cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) or rubber tubing with an oxygen diffusion barrier. These materials have proven themselves to be more reliable than the older choices in tubing. Fluid additives also help protect the system from corrosion.

There have been recent reports of problems with rubber tubing produced by one chemical manufacturer. Leaks develop at the metal connections or fittings, and in some cases the tubing becomes rigid and brittle. It is still not clear what causes this problem, but theoretically excessively high water temperatures may be to blame. Tightening connections and clamps only temporarily fixes the leaks. Remember this problem only concerns a specific brand of rubber tubing. It does not have anything to do with the PEX tubing, which has performed very reliably for many decades.

Since the price of copper tubing is considerably lower now than several years ago, it is again gaining some popularity because of it’s superior heat transfer abilities over plastic-based tubing.

Controlling the System

A radiant floor that uses a concrete slab takes many hours to heat up if it is allowed to become cold. This can be very inconvenient while waiting for the slab heat up so it can heat the space. Because of this, most radiant floor systems are not permitted to go into a very deep night setback. Depending on how the floor is constructed, the time it takes to re-heat the floor is sometimes longer than the occupant’s sleep period.

Many floor systems are also controlled by a floor thermostat instead of a wall thermostat. The system is also often designed to keep the circulation pump(s) running while the thermostat only controls the boiler’s burner. Other, more sophisticated, types of controls sense the floor temperature, outdoor temperature, and room temperature to keep the home comfortable. Such a system may also use less fuel.

Although radiant floor systems are usually heated by a boiler, they can also be heated with a geothermal heat pump. Such a system offers even greater energy savings in climates where the heating and cooling loads are similar in size. Another alternative for small houses, or those with small heating loads, is to use an ordinary gas water heater to supply the radiant floor system.

Radiant Floor Cooling

Radiant floor tubing can also be used to cool a house, but presently it is only appropriate for dry climates. The floor temperature is held at 68 o F (20 o C) by using either a small cooling machine (chiller) connected to the floor tubing or the steady 55 o F (13 o C) temperature of the ground by means of an earth loop. In arid climates, the cool floor can be used to supplement or replace standard ducted air systems. However, in humid climates, problems with over-cooling the floor could lead to wet slippery surfaces and fungus growth. Radiant floor cooling technology is still in the experimental stages in most areas, but is rapidly gaining popularity in Europe where cooling needs are generally small.

Cost of Radiant Floor Heating

The cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor is approximately $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot ($40-$60 per square meter). This fluctuates depending on the size of the room, the type of installation, the floor covering, remoteness of the site, and the cost of labor.

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Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating

Most people who own radiant floor heating feel that the most important advantages are comfort and quiet operation. Radiant floor systems allow even heating throughout the whole floor, not just in localized spots as with wood stoves, hot air systems, and other types of radiators. The room heats from the bottom up, warming the feet and body first. Radiant floor heating also eliminates the draft and dust problems associated with forced-air heating systems.

Even heat distribution may result in lower heating bills. With radiant floor heating, you may be able to set the thermostat several degrees lower, relative to other types of central heating systems. This is because the entire surface of the floor radiates about the same amount of heat that the human body does, making the occupant feel warm even though the air temperature might be only 65єF (18єC). It also radiates this heat for a long period of time. Radiant systems may result in less infiltration of outside air into the house compared to houses with forced-air heating. Radiant floor heating proponents claim that fuel savings of 15% to 20% over forced air systems are possible. However, recent reports suggest that this may not be the case, since occupants may not be comfortable with a low thermostat setting and thus not set it lower.

Radiant floor heating also allows for lower boiler temperatures, which may result in the boiler lasting longer (a 45 year life is not unusual). Radiant floors operate between 85-140єF (29-60єC), compared to other hydronic heating systems’ range of 130-160єF (54-71єC).

To some, the greatest advantage of radiant floor heating is aesthetic. The system is invisible. There are no heat registers or radiators to obstruct furniture arrangements and interior design plans. Radiant floor systems also eliminate the fan noise of forced hot air systems.

Types of Radiant Floor Heating

There are three types of radiant floor heat: radiant air floors (air is the heat carrying medium); electric radiant floors; and hot water (hydronic) radiant floors. All three types can be further subdivided by the type of installation: those that make use of the large thermal mass of a concrete slab floor or lightweight concrete over a wooden subfloor (these are called wet installations); and those in which the installer sandwiches the radiant floor tubing between two layers of plywood or attaches the tubing under the finished or subfloor (dry installations).

Because air cannot hold large amounts of heat, radiant air floors are not cost-effective in residential applications, and are seldom installed.

Electric radiant floors are usually only cost-effective if your electric utility company offers time-of-use rates. Time-of-use rates allow you to charge the concrete floor with heat during off-peak hours (approximately 9 p.m. to 6 am). If the floor’s thermal mass is large enough, the heat stored in it will keep the house comfortable for eight to ten hours, without any further electrical input. This saves a considerable number of energy dollars compared to heating at peak electric rates during the day.

Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective systems for heating-dominated climates. They have been in extensive use in Europe for decades. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor. The temperature in each room is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water through each tubing loop. This is done by a system of zoning valves or pumps and thermostats.

Wet installations are the oldest form of modern radiant floor systems. In a wet installation, the tubing is embedded in the concrete foundation slab, or in a lightweight concrete slab on top of a subfloor, or over a previously poured slab. If the new floor is not on solid earth, additional floor support may be necessary because of the added weight. You should consult a professional engineer to determine the floor’s carrying capacity.

However, due to recent innovations in floor technology, dry floors have been gaining a lot of popularity over wet floors. Much of this is because a dry floor is faster and less expensive to build. There are several ways to make a dry radiant floor. Some dry installations involve suspending the tubing underneath the subfloor between the joists. This method usually requires drilling through the floor joists in order to install the tubing. Reflective insulation must also be installed under the tubes to direct the heat upward. Tubing may also be installed from above the floor, between two layers of subfloor. In these instances, the tubes are often in aluminum diffusers that spread the water’s heat across the floor in order to heat the floor more evenly. The tubing and heat diffusers are secured between furring strips (sleepers) which carry the weight of the new subfloor and finished floor surface.

At least one company has improved on this idea by making a plywood subfloor material manufactured with tubing grooves and aluminum heat diffuser plates built into them. The manufacturer claims that this product makes a radiant floor system (for new construction) considerably less expensive to install and faster to react to room temperature changes. Such products also allow for the use of half as much tubing since the heat transfer characteristics of the floor is greatly improved over more traditional dry or wet floors.

Floor Coverings

Although ceramic tile is the most common floor covering for radiant floor heating, almost any floor covering can be used. However, some perform better than others. Common floor coverings like vinyl and linoleum sheet goods, carpeting, wood or bare concrete is often specified. However, it is wise to always remember that anything that can insulate the floor also reduces or slows the heat entering the space from the floor system. This in turn increases fuel consumption.

If you want carpeting, use a thin carpet with dense padding and install as little carpeting as possible. If some rooms, but not all, will have a floor covering then those rooms should have a separate tubing loop to make the system heat these spaces more efficiently. This is because the water flowing under the covered floor will need to be hotter to compensate for the floor covering.

Most radiant floor references also recommend using laminated wood flooring instead of solid wood. This reduces the possibility of the wood shrinking and cracking from the drying effects of the heat. While solid wood flooring can be used, the installer is strongly advised to be very familiar with radiant floor systems before attempting to install natural wood flooring over a radiant floor system. Most manufacturers and manuals relating to radiant floors offer guidelines to help you resolve these issues.

Types of Tubing

Older radiant floor systems used either copper or steel tubing embedded in the concrete floors. Unless the builder coated the tubing with a protective compound, a chemical reaction between the metal and the concrete often led to corrosion of the tubing, and to eventual leaks. Major manufacturers of hydronic radiant floor systems now use cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) or rubber tubing with an oxygen diffusion barrier. These materials have proven themselves to be more reliable than the older choices in tubing. Fluid additives also help protect the system from corrosion.

There have been recent reports of problems with rubber tubing produced by one chemical manufacturer. Leaks develop at the metal connections or fittings, and in some cases the tubing becomes rigid and brittle. It is still not clear what causes this problem, but theoretically excessively high water temperatures may be to blame. Tightening connections and clamps only temporarily fixes the leaks. Remember this problem only concerns a specific brand of rubber tubing. It does not have anything to do with the PEX tubing, which has performed very reliably for many decades.

Since the price of copper tubing is considerably lower now than several years ago, it is again gaining some popularity because of it’s superior heat transfer abilities over plastic-based tubing.

Controlling the System

A radiant floor that uses a concrete slab takes many hours to heat up if it is allowed to become cold. This can be very inconvenient while waiting for the slab heat up so it can heat the space. Because of this, most radiant floor systems are not permitted to go into a very deep night setback. Depending on how the floor is constructed, the time it takes to re-heat the floor is sometimes longer than the occupant’s sleep period.

Radiant Floor Heating

Many floor systems are also controlled by a floor thermostat instead of a wall thermostat. The system is also often designed to keep the circulation pump(s) running while the thermostat only controls the boiler’s burner. Other, more sophisticated, types of controls sense the floor temperature, outdoor temperature, and room temperature to keep the home comfortable. Such a system may also use less fuel.

Although radiant floor systems are usually heated by a boiler, they can also be heated with a geothermal heat pump. Such a system offers even greater energy savings in climates where the heating and cooling loads are similar in size. Another alternative for small houses, or those with small heating loads, is to use an ordinary gas water heater to supply the radiant floor system.

Radiant Floor Cooling

Radiant floor tubing can also be used to cool a house, but presently it is only appropriate for dry climates. The floor temperature is held at 68 o F (20 o C) by using either a small cooling machine (chiller) connected to the floor tubing or the steady 55 o F (13 o C) temperature of the ground by means of an earth loop. In arid climates, the cool floor can be used to supplement or replace standard ducted air systems. However, in humid climates, problems with over-cooling the floor could lead to wet slippery surfaces and fungus growth. Radiant floor cooling technology is still in the experimental stages in most areas, but is rapidly gaining popularity in Europe where cooling needs are generally small.

Cost of Radiant Floor Heating

The cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor is approximately $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot ($40-$60 per square meter). This fluctuates depending on the size of the room, the type of installation, the floor covering, remoteness of the site, and the cost of labor.

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant Floor Heat: It Warms Your Soles But it Doesn’t Empty Your Pockets

By: Harvey Juric

There is no doubt that radiant floor heating is a superior method of heating your home. Its popularity is steadily increasing as people discover that not only is it the most comfortable form of heating, but also the most cost efficient.

Radiant Floor Heating

Though comfort and cost are the two biggest benefits of this heating system there are many others:

  • Silent operation — no hum or whistle of a forced air system.
  • Inconspicuousness of the system — you don’t see vents or air blowing.
  • A healthier home — forced air systems can spread dust, pollen, and germs.
  • Even, quiet warmth: even with wood, tile, or uncovered concrete floors.
  • Also, radiant heat is less likely to dry out your breathing passages and skin.

The warmth of the floor on a cold winter morning would probably be enough to convince a lot of people that radiant floor heating is the best thing since sliced bread. However, after discovering the cost savings, there is usually no going back.

Radiant floor heating concentrates the heat in the lower half of a room where the human body needs it most. Since heat is evenly distributed in the floor, the thermostat can be set 2 — 4В° less than a forced air heating system. This can reduce energy cost by 10-30%. Homes and building with high ceiling will save even more in heating costs as heat generated by forced air systems quickly rises to the top of these structures, where it is of little use.

Whereas a forced air system delivers heat which quickly rises to the ceiling — a radiant floor heating system radiates heat from the floor and delivers the heat evenly throughout the rooms.

In a floor heating system warm water circulates through tubing beneath the floor. This turns the flooring into an efficient, low temperature radiator.

Baby on Radiant Heat Floor

Though this type of heating is not a complicated system, there are components which are required, and that the homeowner should be aware of — The Heating Source, The Boiler, The Pump and the Tubing.

The heating source can be electricity, solar, natural gas, propane, oil, wood, or any other heating source.

The boiler, with a certified efficiency rating houses the water to be heated. This same boiler can also be used to heat the pool, snow melting, heating a hot tub, or and domestic hot water needs.

A Pump is required to circulate the water though the tubing located under the floor.

The tubing for a radiant heating system is located either in the concrete, under wood subfloors, or on a subfloor of wood, precast concrete or concrete slab-on-grade, then covered with gypsum.

Once a homeowner makes the decision to install a floor heating system, contacting the right installer is imperative.

Some companies who design radiant floor heating systems may also install the system.

A qualified System Designer and a qualified System Installer will work together and know which components work well together, capacities of various systems, special considerations for installations in your area, and manufacturers’ warranties and reliability.

The designer should do a room-by-room heat loss analysis of your home or building done as well as a step-by-step system sizing process.

Harvey Juric, ICF Consultant and CEO of ICFhome.ca is a custom home builder in southern Ontario. He has been in the home construction industry for the past 30 years performing a wide variety of tasks related to the building trades. As one of the pioneers of the Insulated Concrete Form industry, he formed ICFhome.ca to take advantage of, at that time, emerging new construction techniques that promised stronger and better and more energy efficient homes. For more information about the model home, Insulated Concrete Forms or Radiant Floor Heating contact ICFhome.ca by telephone 519 843-7612, or visit their web site at Ontario Home Builder

Radiant Floor Heating

Theres something very comforting and soothing about having a warm rush of heat soften your steps within your home. Radiant floor heating systems can create that wonderful experience for you, and also contribute to lower heating bills.

There are two main types of radiant floor heating systems; electric and hydronic. Both systems are embedded into your floor, creating a warm quiet living space. With each system, heat is spread evenly throughout the house, without the stacking of heat that occurs with forced-air heating. This results in reduced heat loss through infiltration and eventually to lower heating bills. You will be able to lower the degrees on your thermostat, but feel cozier than ever. Each system allows you to control the temperature according to your needs. Most systems use a relay control operated with standard thermostats.

Electric Radiant Heat Systems

Electric radiant systems heat your living space electrically from beneath your flooring. The system uses the heat preservation of your floor to disperse the heat. Gradually, the heat rises to the ceiling naturally, warming up your feet and body first. This creates a warm, gentle comfort. Electric radiant systems are a lot less expensive than hydronic heating systems. However, depending on the installation requirements and project size, the cost will vary. A professional contractor would be able to help you decide which system would work best for your conditions and save you the most money.

Hydronic Radiant Heat Systems

Hydronic systems use hot water pushed through plastic tubes beneath your floor to create the same warm and gentle feeling that electric systems provide. The temperature is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water, through the boiler that heats the water up and the pumps that keep the water circulating. One advantage to operating a hydronic floor system is that it offers you flexibility with your fuel source. You can even change your fuel source to save money. With electric systems, you will not have to pay for a boiler, but you cannot switch fuel sources.

Installation for both systems is very easy. Any type of floor construction can be used and most floor coverings are compatible as well. Tile is the most efficient floor covering because it is the most conductive with heat. You want to select a floor covering that allows your heat to rise. Other good floor covering conductors include hardwood floors, carpet and padding, and vinyl. Before making any final decisions, I recommend speaking to a professional or reviewing the system installation requirements to be sure that your floor covering will work efficiently.

Installing a radiant floor heating system is definitely something that requires much skill and knowledge. Most local codes require that a licensed contractor be responsible for such installations. If you are eager to experience the comfort of warm illumination surrounding your body, all while saving on your utility bills, then you are ready to invest in a radiant floor heating system.

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Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood floors are one of the most beautiful flooring options out there. You cant go wrong with the warmth and elegance brought to your home with wood. Nearly any kind of wood can be used as hardwood flooring. However, there are a few trends in hardwood floors and the three most popular trends include Cypress floors, Hickory floors and hand-scraped hardwood flooring.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is an inexpensive, long-lasting, durable flooring option. It is very well liked by homeowners because installation is easy, it requires very little maintenance, and it is environmentally friendly. Laminate flooring looks very similar to hardwood flooring; however, it is not made from wood at all. It is actually made from several materials that are bonded together.


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