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Best Flooring for Under-Floor Heat

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stourhead

Hello,We've just bought a four year old home with an unfinished basement.  The basement has underfloor heating under concrete.  What is the best flooring to put on top?  The rooms will be an office, guest bedroom, bathroom, family room and bathroom.  We're thinking carpet for guest bed and family room, ceramic for bathroom and an engineered hardwood or laminate for office, and hallway.  Will this cause us any problems?  We are not planning on putting in a subfloor.  We are new to home new build stuff and to this site.  Thanks.

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For infloor heating, your best bet is ceramic tile as it will conduct the heat the best.Next up from that would be engineered hardwood.  (If you talk to the hardwood guys, they will tell you you must use engineered hardwoods, the hydronic heating guys will tell you that real hardwood is OK.  However, the hardwood guys will not honour your warrantee if you have in floor heating as they claim the hardwood will cup.  When you ask the hydronic guys about that they claim the hardwood guys are overly sensitive.  But if you then ask the hydronic guys if THEY will then warrantee the hardwood, they balk at that suggestion.  Moral of the story, go engineered hardwood.)Putting carpet on top of in floor heating is not recommended because the carpet will insulate against proper heat transfer unless the infloor heating has been specifically designed for carpet - i.e. twice as much tubing as normally installed. 

doug.webb@sympatico.ca's picture
doug.webb@sympa...

For infloor heating, your best bet is ceramic tile as it will conduct the heat the best.Next up from that would be engineered hardwood.  (If you talk to the hardwood guys, they will tell you you must use engineered hardwoods, the hydronic heating guys will tell you that real hardwood is OK.  However, the hardwood guys will not honour your warrantee if you have in floor heating as they claim the hardwood will cup.  When you ask the hydronic guys about that they claim the hardwood guys are overly sensitive.  But if you then ask the hydronic guys if THEY will then warrantee the hardwood, they balk at that suggestion.  Moral of the story, go engineered hardwood.)Putting carpet on top of in floor heating is not recommended because the carpet will insulate against proper heat transfer unless the infloor heating has been specifically designed for carpet - i.e. twice as much tubing as normally installed. 

Shaina Khan's picture
Shaina Khan

Well, Get wooden flooring and paint the walls with brighter colors (if your basement doesn’t have any window) ; Once it done do interior as per your requirement.

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