Interior Design & Flooring

Get radiant heating installed under wood flooring

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 15:21

Gleaming hardwood floors often entice Americans to purchase a home or rent an apartment. According to the National Association of Realtors, many potential homebuyers look for hardwood floors, especially in living rooms and dining rooms. Real estate experts across the nation agree that the feature is very desirable in today's market, which is why wood flooring can often increase the value of a home for an easy return on the investment.

Homeowners looking to install hardwood flooring are in luck, as the traditional material can be installed on top of a radiant heating system. The Woodworking Network reports that radiant heating is greener than alternative forms of heating a home, and it can transfer warmth directly from a floor to a person. In fact, the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is in support of the heating solution because of how effective and sustainable it is in comparison to more traditional technologies.

"Eco-conscious consumers can reduce their carbon footprint even further by installing radiant heat under wood floors because wood floors are sustainable and renewable," the NWFA said in a release, according to the news source.
For homeowners contemplating installing radiant heating under wood floors, the professionals from the NWFS have a few suggestions.
"Smaller width boards generally will perform better, since wider planks are more prone to moisture and heat fluctuations. Quartersawn and riftsawn woods also work well because their expansion moves up and down rather than side to side, which provides additional stability," said the NWFS.
By installing radiant heating under recycled floors a homeowner can reduce the carbon footprint that is associated with their property, without giving up on style or comfort.