Can I install hardwood flooring over radiant heating?

Can I install hardwood flooring over radiant heating?

You've undoubtedly heard much about radiant heating, but you have hardwood floors. Is it compatible?

Yes, radiant heating works with any floor. It's primarily a good choice for engineered hardwood flooring.

Combination convection and radiant heating

Typically, heat rises to the top and then drops to the cold floor. When that happens, the furnace goes on and off.

Radiant heat uses technology to swirl around walls, floors, and ceilings. They heat from the floor up. There's nothing like a warm and cozy wood floor.

Engineered wood vs. solid wood floors

Engineered wood is the better choice when it comes to radiant heating. That’s because the planks are placed in a crosswise position.

Engineered hardwood flooring is more stable and not prone to expansion and contraction due to temperature variations. Also, because of the position, the grains go in all directions.

Solid wood is trickier because these floors are not as stable. It could move with temperature variations, making it susceptible to expansion or contraction.

We can’t stress it enough. Always consult a professional installer!

It reduces extra noise from furnaces turning on and off

Why do some rooms seem to be extra noisy? That's because, with a hard surface, there's no fabric to catch vibrations with your wood flooring in Charlottesville, VA.

So, the echoes bounce around. Radiant heating is much quieter without constantly running the furnace on and off.

Other benefits of wood floors

Both solid and engineered hardwood flooring add warmth and charm to a room for decades. They add value to your property and are versatile enough to work with any decor.

Charlottesville’s top flooring source

When you enter the Town Flooring showroom, you'll find beautiful hardwood flooring–like Rockwell by Chesapeake Flooring or Cafe Society, Chai Oak by TecWood Essentials. Our experienced staff will help you navigate your choices.

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