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General Contractor Updates Home to Warmboard-R
Dear Warmboard Team: I have been a general contractor for 35 years in three states: New York, California, and Alaska. I built a house for my family in Anchorage, Alaska in 1995. It was heated with a radiant hydronic system delivered with “spaghetti tubes” attached to the underside of the subfloor. The system began to fail because of deterioration of the copper tubing supplying the “spaghetti tubes”. Although the copper failure was gradual, I did not want its catastrophic failure to occur in the winter, when fixing it would be very expensive and difficult. I decided to install your system Warmboard-R last fall after an exhaustive search of the products available for this kind of remodel. Since I built my house 22 years ago, the radiant heating systems have changed a great deal. In my case, I didn’t wat to remove the ceilings in the bottom two floors of my house to access the underfloor delivery system. This would have caused an enormous mess, to say the least. The Warmboard system made it possible to install the heat delivery on top of the subfloor. It meant that the finished flooring had to be removed and replaced and the interior doors had to be cut down to accommodate the raised floors. But, the raised floors were not so high that exterior doors needed cutting down, as would have been the case for the gypcrete poured floor. This was an important consideration for my choice of Warmboard. I also like the fact that the entire Warmboard panel is covered with aluminum to distribute the heat over the entire surface. I have seen products where aluminum plates are fastened to the underfloor and PEX tubes are snapped into them. The plates are six to eight inches wide, limiting the distribution of the heat to that width. After deciding on the product, I contacted your business to get the details for acquiring your system. After sending plans to your crew, I was pleased with the efficiency of your response and the accuracy of some needed changes. Communications back and forth were smooth and well-coordinated by your team member. She was very knowledgeable and got me to the right person when necessary. Your rep got me the prices, coordinated the payment and shipment of the goods and resolved problems when they came up. The Warmboard panels and hardware arrived in Alaska with few delays and in good shape. The installation kit was very well designed and easy to use. The tools were very good quality. It is a good thing they were, as the preparation of the panels was challenging even for one who has been a woodworker most of his adult life. They worked well. Routing aluminum clad particle board is hard to control and requires safety measure beyond normal carpentry. My crew accomplished the job with minimal stress once they followed the instruction and practiced a bit. I was particularly impressed with the manifolds and the hardware associated with their installation. My plumber was also impressed and pleased with the quality of the connections he had to make with it. The tools required to install the PEX worked out very well. We borrowed a wheel form my plumber for rolling out the tubes. It saved a lot of time and headaches. The project required moving all furniture out of the house and removal of all flooring. My wife and I lived in a travel trailer for the duration of the job. The replacement of the flooring and base molding added to the time spent out of the house. Still, the job was completed to the point of moving back into the house in five weeks. I attribute the efficiency of the remodel to the planning and execution of the orders by your team. Having dealt with subcontractors all my career, I am not easily impressed with first contacts. Only after you get to a problem or a changed plan do you see the true value of your partners in a project. I can say with no hesitation that I am pleased with your partnership in this endeavor. Thank you for living up to the promise you have projecting in your sales literature. I would be pleased to recommend Warmboard to anyone attempting a remodel such as mine. – Carlton R., Anchorage Alaska
The Warmboard radiant system is perfect.
"The Warmboard radiant system is perfect. Quiet, invisible, and comfortable. Thanks for your help it all came off without a hitch. The system continues to perform well and our heating bills are substantially lower than last year. We're very happy with our decision to use Warmboard." – Darren D, Seattle, WA
That is a huge savings!
"Theoretically, it just seems smarter to have heat on top, rather than below the subfloor. The people involved in my new home project did a great job. I installed a boiler with a sensor that assesses the exterior temperature, allowing us to really control the fuel costs. I am convinced the savings offset the cost of the Warmboard system. For example, our winter weather can drop to 20 degrees below zero, and in our previous home fuel heating with propane was costing us six to seven thousand dollars a year, this year it cost only one thousand dollars. That is a huge savings! The design documents Warmboard supplied were excellent, and we have 11 zones in our home. Also, as a builder I recognize that Warmboard reduces labor costs, and since you know where the tubing is, repairs are simple. The Warmboard system just makes sense!" – Chuck V, Fairmont, VT
Our Warmboard system is operating as efficiently as advertised.
"We're very happy with the Warmboard and are recommending it to anyone considering radiant heating. As you know we did quite a bit of the installation work ourselves. Our Warmboard system is operating as efficiently as advertised." – John B, Durango, CO
Warmboard heats the 3500 square foot home with a 75 gal LP gas water heater set at only 95 degrees.
"I love Warmboard. The tubing went down really well. The layouts that Warmboard provided were great. What is most impressive is that the water temperatures I run my system at are extremely low and response time is extremely fast, even with all hardwood and tile floors. Warmboard’s efficiency proved true. The original design takeoff from the engineer was designed in accordance with a slab system, calling for set-back controls and a high efficiency boiler, however none of those setback controls were needed. Warmboard heats the 3500 square foot home with a 75 gal LP gas water heater set at only 95 degrees. The homeowner is extremely pleased. I would absolutely use Warmboard again, in fact I will use it every chance I get. No problems, just awesome." – Don M, Integrity Plumbing, Florence, OR
Because of it’s high conductivity, Warmboard’s 12 on center tubing outperforms other panels using 6 on center tubing.
"Grand Park, [Co.] is committed to creating a community that sets new standards for quality in Grand County…Grand Park has incorporated the practices of green building into the first neighborhood…One of the most luxurious features in the homes is the use of Warmboard radiant heat. Widely accepted as the most comfortable, healthy and energy efficient form of heat, Warmboard is especially attractive because its systems are easily zoned and have a fast response time, reducing energy usage by heating only the occupied rooms or regions…Because of it’s high conductivity, Warmboard’s 12″ on center tubing outperforms other panels using 6″ on center tubing. This spacing also results in lower material usage. It replaces a traditional plywood sub-floor, further reducing wood usage while its high conductivity reduces the amount of tubing and manifolds needed." – Kirsten L, Grand Park Co., Marketing Director
The efficiency of the system is amazing. I’ve used other systems, but Warmboard is the best
"I convinced the homeowners to choose Warmboard because it is the easiest to use and the best design. The heating system in this particular home is the most incredible high-end heating system with a Viessmann boiler, Warmboard radiant subfloor & Kitec tubing. Just let me tell you, the building commissioner who came to inspect the home was very impressed. The efficiency of the system is amazing. I’ve used other systems, but Warmboard is the best." – Harry S, Badger Hill Development Corp, Milford, NH
If any radiant method can achieve full heating capabilities in a home, Warmboard can
"NRT has been extremely impressed with the ease of installation of Warmboard panels. If any radiant method can achieve full heating capabilities in a home, Warmboard can, and it can usually do so even with low temperature heating methods like geothermal heat pumps.In our experience, we can maximize a wood floor output at about 30 BTUs/sq ft at no more than 115 degree supply water temperature. With tile the situation is even better. That is typically enough output to satisfy all but the highest heat load spaces with floor heat alone, eliminating the need for secondary heat sources in almost all cases." – Rob B, Northeast Radiant Technologies, Gardiner, ME
You really don't notice the house is being heated unless you look at the snow outside and realize how comfortable the house is in comparison
"I think that what I now appreciate is that the heating of a house is one of those things where the perfection of the art is in its invisibility. When you walk through our Warmboard-heated main floor there are no hot spots or cold spots or obvious sources of heat, just a nice comfortable warm feeling. The floor is certainly not hot or even obviously warm. Walking around in stocking feet, or barefoot, is no big deal. You really don't notice that the house is being heated unless you look at the snow outside and realize how comfortable the house is in comparison. Obviously having the widely distributed source of heat provided by Warmboard is one key to heating comfort, and in its perfection its invisibility." – Steve S, Pollock Pines, CA
With Warmboard, it can be less than 30 degrees outside and my living room stays comfortable at 70-71 degrees!
"We built a log home with cathedral ceilings and have always felt like the lower the heat to the floor, the better. With Warmboard, it can be less than 30 degrees outside and my living room stays comfortable at 70-71 degrees. There’s no noise, no air blowing around, and as soon as you walk inside you’re warm. Our builder recently brought two couples looking to build log homes over to take a look. They are ready to order Warmboard for their log homes." – Denise P, Brasstown, NC