Heated Hardwood Floors
Surround yourself with the beauty of hardwood floors and the comfort of radiant heat.
If you have a considerable amount of hardwood flooring in your home, you will appreciate the benefits of radiant heat, especially during the winter months. For comfort’s sake, many homeowners cover beautifully finished floors with area rugs. With radiant heated floors you can roll up those rugs and let the beauty and warmth of your wood floors shine through.
There are essentially two types of heated floor applications—hydronic and electric. As the name implies, hydronic systems utilize specially treated water, heated by a boiler and pumped through PEX tubing under the floor. Electric radiant heat systems rely on heating elements that provide a quick, efficient source of heat.
Due to the complexities of installation and up-front costs, hydronic radiant heat is generally used for larger square footage applications. Products like ComfortTile, HeatShield floor heating insulation panels, and low-voltage FloorHeat make electric radiant heat installation under hardwood floors an easy proposition for a savvy do-it-yourselfer. They are pre-configured for installation under wood or laminate floors, and are perfect for any radiant heat project, whether you’re remodeling an existing home or building a new one.
If you have access to your floor joists from below, you can also apply radiant heat to your existing hardwood floor. Simply staple up the RetroHeat floor heating element (between the joists), apply insulation and you're ready to enjoy the beauty and luxurious comfort of a heated hardwood floor.
Recommended Solutions for Heating Hardwood Floors
HeatShield Floor Heating Insulation Panels
When it comes to heating hardwood floors, Warmzone offers the top, most proven floor heating solutions available. HeatShield floor heating insulation panels boast a remarkably efficient radiant heat solution that is ideal for heating hardwood floors. The system consists of lightweight, heat-reflecting panels that radiate the heat upwards to the surface of the floor while providing insulation from the ground. There’s no need to embed the heating cables in a mud base with HeatShield Panels. Simply place the insulation panels on the subfloor, press the ComfortTile heating cable into the grooves provided and lay the hardwood or laminate floor directly on top.
HeatShield floor insulation panels consist of a ½-inch thick polystyrene insulation covered with a thin, specially profiled aluminum. The panels ensure maximum upward heat distribution that significantly reduces energy consumption as well as downward insulation and optimum upward heat distribution that significantly reduces energy consumption. HeatShield Panels are so efficient that you typically only have to run your floor heating system for a short period of time, which further saves you money.
FloorHeat Low-Voltage Floor Heating System
FloorHeat is a low-profile, low-voltage heating element that can be installed under any material from hardwood floors to roofing. No other radiant heating element can match its characteristics. The radiant heating system utilizes a self-regulating semi-conductive polyethylene heating element that is used for new construction as well as retrofit applications. Warmzone FloorHeat is installed directly under various types of floors, and even in thinset when installing under tile. No additional floor buildup is required when heating floors with FloorHeat.
FloorHeat is a safe low-voltage product for practically any application, so it can be safely nailed through (such as in roofing applications) without damaging the heating element. Like RetroHeat, FloorHeat can also be installed between floor joists to provide radiant heat for existing floors.
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