This step of the radiant heat panel install goes after the preparation and installation of the panels. We recommend to review the complete install guide and our supplied plan set before work begins.

Vinyl Install instructions

There are several different types of vinyl flooring, and all can be used with Warmboard.

Increasing in popularity is the use of Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) over Warmboard. This product emulates the look of natural materials like wood or stone, is a very durable and could be a great option for areas expecting a lot of wear and tear.

We recommend installing a substrate underlayment between the Warmboard and the vinyl finish floor.

Suggested Underlayments

  • 1/4″ or 1/2″ interior plywood or OSB
  • 1/4″ or 1/2″ tile backerboard (bathrooms, kitchens)

Recommended install method for Vinyl

We encourage a 3/4″ thick finish floor assembly, but priority should be given to matching floor heights throughout the house.

We recommend the Stencil Method to avoid tubing damage.

  • When using a plywood or OSB (or equivalent) underlayment, you MUST fully acclimate the panels before installation. If the moisture content of the underlayment is too high, it will shrink from the floor heating and cause an installation failure.
  • DO NOT use adhesive with plywood or OSB, just staples or screws.
  • Surface temperatures of the finish flooring should not exceed 85˚F.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines will void any product warranty.
  • Follow all installation instructions provided by your finish flooring manufacturer.