Wide Plank Floors vs. Radiant Heat Living Well in Westchester

Wide Plank Floors vs. Radiant Heat Living Well in Westchester

Living Well in Westchester

Wide Plank Floors vs. Radiant Heat

We have a client requesting antique wide plank flooring for their new family room and we are recommending (as usual) a radiant floor heating system. My understanding has always been that those two specs are mutually exclusive. The radiant heat in close proximity to the wide planks will make them cup and warp, or at least that is what I have always been told.

So, I decided to write to Tim Galvin at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. I knew he would have a valueable opinion on the matter. Heres his response to my question, Can I use wide plank flooring with radiant heat?

Mark,

Thanks for the email and I appreciate the opportunity to give my rebuttal on this commonly reoccurring topic. We do wide plank floors all of time over radiant and I can actually say I prefer it because the consistent condition created by radiant heat can be very beneficial for our solid wood floors.

We are taking a lot of steps before the wood even arrives on the jobsite to eliminate cupping, crowning, and gapping in our floors and I have added some of these points below. With antique wood; it is already a very stable wood that in reality is about a 400 year old floor that has lived a life within a factory, school house, or whatever structure we are reclaiming it out of.

We hand grade our antiques and properly dry the wood to eliminate any of the aforementioned problems that tend to occur in other solid wood manufacturer’s wood over radiant heat. In today’s market, more often than not, antique wood is kiln dried although this wasn’t the case 3-4 years ago. However, the trick isn’t that it is kiln dried; it is how it is kiln dried.

When an old structure is dismantled the wood has a wide range of moisture content, from 12% to 20%. By simply putting it in the kiln you will still have a wide range of moisture and you will see potentially dramatic movement in the floor.

At Carlisle we actually introduce moisture into the wood first in order to tighten the range at a higher end of the scale. Once we have created a much more consistent 17-19%, then we can begin to kiln dry all of the wood to a final resting content around 10%. On top of this we are going to have you acclimate the wood on site for two weeks with the radiant heat on to get the wood used to the environment it is going to live in adding to the prevention of cupping, crowning, and gapping. Here are some additional points about what we are doing and how we differentiate ourselves in this industry.

QUALITY: We then slowly air and kiln dry our wood to create consistent moisture levels in the wood and prevent warping, cracking, and cupping of your floor.

EASE OF INSTALLATION: Your floor will be milled to your specifications with boards all the same thickness and edges that fit together perfectly. The long lengths and wide widths will make the installation process go smoothly and I will make myself available to assist you in any way.

CUSTOMIZATION: Because everything we do here at Carlisle is custom, we can adjust to your needs and the unique characteristics you want to see in your project! Through years of experience we have refined our milling process to be the most efficient in the industry. This means that we can meet lead times and work within your schedule to ensure that your floors are ready when you need them.

EXPERIENCE: We are a family owned and operated business; for 40 years we have worked on projects of all shapes and sizes, giving us both the knowledge and capabilities to custom craft a wide plank floor for your project, no matter how big or small.

I have also attached some more radiant heat installation information and our life time quality to assurance. This is simple in that I will stand behind this floor for the life of the home over a radiant heat system and I guarantee that it won’t cup, crown, or gap if my installation directions are followed appropriately.

There you have it. Guaranteed for the life of the home. Id say that settles it.

Living Well in Westchester

Wide Plank Floors vs. Radiant Heat

We have a client requesting antique wide plank flooring for their new family room and we are recommending (as usual) a radiant floor heating system. My understanding has always been that those two specs are mutually exclusive. The radiant heat in close proximity to the wide planks will make them cup and warp, or at least that is what I have always been told.

So, I decided to write to Tim Galvin at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. I knew he would have a valueable opinion on the matter. Heres his response to my question, Can I use wide plank flooring with radiant heat?

Mark,

Thanks for the email and I appreciate the opportunity to give my rebuttal on this commonly reoccurring topic. We do wide plank floors all of time over radiant and I can actually say I prefer it because the consistent condition created by radiant heat can be very beneficial for our solid wood floors.

We are taking a lot of steps before the wood even arrives on the jobsite to eliminate cupping, crowning, and gapping in our floors and I have added some of these points below. With antique wood; it is already a very stable wood that in reality is about a 400 year old floor that has lived a life within a factory, school house, or whatever structure we are reclaiming it out of.

We hand grade our antiques and properly dry the wood to eliminate any of the aforementioned problems that tend to occur in other solid wood manufacturer’s wood over radiant heat. In today’s market, more often than not, antique wood is kiln dried although this wasn’t the case 3-4 years ago. However, the trick isn’t that it is kiln dried; it is how it is kiln dried.

When an old structure is dismantled the wood has a wide range of moisture content, from 12% to 20%. By simply putting it in the kiln you will still have a wide range of moisture and you will see potentially dramatic movement in the floor.

At Carlisle we actually introduce moisture into the wood first in order to tighten the range at a higher end of the scale. Once we have created a much more consistent 17-19%, then we can begin to kiln dry all of the wood to a final resting content around 10%. On top of this we are going to have you acclimate the wood on site for two weeks with the radiant heat on to get the wood used to the environment it is going to live in adding to the prevention of cupping, crowning, and gapping. Here are some additional points about what we are doing and how we differentiate ourselves in this industry.

QUALITY: We then slowly air and kiln dry our wood to create consistent moisture levels in the wood and prevent warping, cracking, and cupping of your floor.

EASE OF INSTALLATION: Your floor will be milled to your specifications with boards all the same thickness and edges that fit together perfectly. The long lengths and wide widths will make the installation process go smoothly and I will make myself available to assist you in any way.

CUSTOMIZATION: Because everything we do here at Carlisle is custom, we can adjust to your needs and the unique characteristics you want to see in your project! Through years of experience we have refined our milling process to be the most efficient in the industry. This means that we can meet lead times and work within your schedule to ensure that your floors are ready when you need them.

EXPERIENCE: We are a family owned and operated business; for 40 years we have worked on projects of all shapes and sizes, giving us both the knowledge and capabilities to custom craft a wide plank floor for your project, no matter how big or small.

I have also attached some more radiant heat installation information and our life time quality to assurance. This is simple in that I will stand behind this floor for the life of the home over a radiant heat system and I guarantee that it won’t cup, crown, or gap if my installation directions are followed appropriately.

There you have it. Guaranteed for the life of the home. Id say that settles it.


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