The reluctance to put in hardwood floors over radiant heating systems was from the first technology, found more than 40 years ago, when considering radiant heating.
With radiant heating, to compensate for poor insulation, radiant heating temperatures were higher than regular causing excessive growth and contraction in hardwood floorings, which resulted in damage to a builder’s name along with hardwoods.
Now, faultless glowing heat installments of fine hardwood flooring are finished over radiant floor heating.
To be honest, installing hardwoods over radiant heating systems is really no distinctive from laying a typical hardwood floor.
Even though the temperature of radiant floor heating will not harm the wood floor, a change in moisture will cause various hardwood flooring to warp, buckle or gap.
The moisture is removed causing the wood to shrink, and as the temperature rises, the moisture content usually falls and gaps to appear involving the planks. With lower temperatures the moisture yields and the differences close.
It is vital that you pay careful attention to the moisture amounts when beaming heating is added to any flooring.
Your hardwood floor installer, and radiant heating systems contractor, ought to be aware of the particular considerations needed when using radiant heat in combination with hardwood floors.
When coupled with glowing heat, many contractors underestimate time it takes to properly heal. Normally, when the concrete seems dry the flooring is installed concrete needs to dry slowly and can take up to 90 days. Knowing the exact moisture content is an important element of quality control inside a floor installation procedure.
Once the sub-floor tube, and climate controls have been installed, run your radiant heating systems for at least 72 hours to balance the moisture content.
Your radiant heat and hardwood floors need some special wetness considerations. Make sure that your installer has a hand held electrical tool. It measures the moisture in concrete and in the wood floor materials, giving the percent of relative humidity.
Make certain the hardwood flooring, the storage space and the concrete slab are normalized or acclimated to the room that was finished before the hardwood is installed.
Using a hardwood installation, a moisture barrier helps keep an even moisture equilibrium in the ground. Seasonal gapping is fairly ordinary but in the fall try to progressively turn on heating prior to the first really cool day arrives. Also, it is important for the hardwood floorboards in the ground to be laid perpendicular to the tubing, not parallel.
The key to your good hardwood installation when combined with radiant heat is always to pay careful focus on the moisture. Low, even temperature distribution is the key to preventing problems when radiant heat is included.