Q – What are the different types of radiant flooring heating available?
– There are three main types of radiant heating: hydronic, electric, and air–heated.
Hydronic and electric heated systems are much more popular then air–heated systems due to their overall efficiency in
comparison. Visit FindAnyFloor's section on Types of Radiant Floor Heating to learn more about the different
types of radiant heating used today.
Q – Is radiant heating safe to be installed with all floor coverings?
– Not necessarily. It is always best to check with the manufacturers to ensure that the radiant
heating is compatible with the type of flooring covering you are installing. This is especially important for any type of
flooring covering that is known to contract and expand such as hardwood and bamboo. Visit FindAnyFloor's section on Radiant
Heating Installation Basics for more info on this topic.
Q – What type of floor coverings are best to install over radiant heating and what type of heating should I
A – Because FindAnyFloor remains an unbiased source on information, we won't tell
you exactly what
product or brand is the best one for you. There are so many options available that would be unfair to many. We have
provided you with a section on Buying Radiant Floor Heating that should provide you with the
knowledge that you need to make that decision for yourself.
Q – Where can radiant floor heating be installed and can I install it myself?
– Radiant floor heating can be installed on any grade level permitting that it is compatible with
the type of floor covering being used and it's added weight can be supported by the floor system. Self–installation is
possible with radiant heating, though a professional installation is recommended in most situations. Be sure to check with
your local mandates as a license may be required to install heat sources especially if a boiler is required.
Q – What is the difference between a wet and a dry installation?
A – A
wet installation involves imbedding the radiant mats, tubing, or cables into a wet concrete
slab or overlay where it will then harden in place. Dry installations are installed under the subfloor between joists, or
between the subfloor and flooring underlayments without the use of wet concrete. Dry installations are more practical for
renovations when concrete slabs have already been poured and hardened sometime ago. Wet installations of radiant floor
heating are more commonly seen in new constructions when concrete is being freshly laid. For more information, visit
FindAnyFloor's section on Radiant Floor Heating Installation Basics.
Q – Where can I find an installer to install my radiant floor heating?
– Simply search by your local zip code for installers by using the "find it locally"
tool at the top of this page. Use our flooring buying guides for installation questions for ask when selecting an installer.