Is It Safe To Install Hardwood in Vaughan Over Radiant Heat?

Radiant heat flooring is now a common and energy efficient element of many new homes or remodel projects. They are excellent for families with allergies and can lower winter energy costs. In Vaughan, hardwood is a popular flooring choice, but is it versatile enough to work with radiant heat?


How does radiant heat work?

Before laying flooring materials on top, electric wires or tubes to carry hot water are installed under the floor. They produce steady warmth that passes through the flooring and up into the air- and your feet.

Is it safe to install radiant heat under hardwood in Vaughan?

For many people buying or renovating a home, the most advanced and energy efficient means of heating are appealing. There are a few great options, and some not as ideal when it comes to material placed over heat. The best choice is engineered hardwood. Vaughan supplier and showroom, Chestnut Flooring, specializes in beautiful engineered floor options. The look and feel will be as luxurious as solid wood, but the way it’s constructed nearly eliminates the drawbacks of solid wood over heat. Engineered boards aren’t as thick as solid hardwood, which leaves ample space for the heated cables or tubes. The planks which lock together can be floated as well, not nailed or glued down like hardwood. This will help eliminate gaps or warping if the heat alters boards slightly. It also provides easier access if a section under the boards needs repair.

Installing radiant heat

Thermal Properties

Thermal effects on wood

Wood flooring has different thermal properties depending on the type. The denser and thinner your floorboards are, the more suitable they will be for conducting heat while holding their form. Raising the temperature of a floor can alter the moisture content when it comes to wood. Kiln-dried wood will tend to adapt the best to heating just because it has been heat-treated and gone through some physical transformation already. Wood contains tiny little pores that hold moisture- like a sponge- so they can expand, warp, or bow and shrink when humidity and temperatures shift. Attention must also be paid to board thickness when it comes to hardwood in homes. Typically, thick, dense solid hardwood is a long-lasting and desirable product. However, the extra depth and density can act as an insulator and block some of the heat from coming through. Engineered timber performs well as it carries the beneficial properties of wood but has been heat-treated. It’s thin enough to allow free conduction of warmth through it. Because of its many, dense layers and resin over a solid core, this type of wood won’t tend to warp or cup the way that hardwood may. A general rule for hardwood flooring is that surface temperature shouldn’t exceed 80.6°F. If you’re installing new floors, you’ll want to ensure you make a sound investment both for the long-term beauty of your boards, and energy efficient heating. Our floor experts can help guide you so you choose the right material for the job.

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