Materials & Technology

Examining Warmboard radiant heating systems

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 08:37

The increased use of radiant heating systems in homes across America has led to several key innovations and a fine-tuning of technology, which has resulted in the creation of products that can deliver sufficient warmth at little cost to the homeowner or environment.

While the dominant framing system in the U.S. is Western Platform Farming with a plywood subfloor as part of the system, and this combination often provides a bulky platform for architects to build upon.

A Warmboard radiant heating system is a 1 ⅛'' radiant panel and structural subfloor all-in-one and replaces the subfloor. In doing so, the product itself becomes the structural platform for the framing system.

This allows the Warmboard product to be versatile and helps an architect adjust a residence to the t for any customer, as any type of flooring can be installed right on top of the subfloor. Even hardwood nails directly to the paneling, and visible tubing allows professionals to avoid damaging any of the system.

The paneling itself is made of highly-conductive material to help the system provide warmth with less energy expenditure, and a thick aluminum surface is permanently bonded to the plywood to help spread the heat out evenly.

Installation of the product is also eased by several key components of the subfloor, as it is covered in protective paint that cuts glare for crews putting in the system along with making the chalk lines more visible for these individuals.

"Having now built and lived in a Warmboard house, and in the process of building another house with Warmboard, I can say without a doubt that Warmboard is the easiest system to install, the greatest system to use, and it provides the most even heat you can imagine," Frank Hoffman, a retired firefighter from Denver, Colorado, said of the product.