Radiant heating with hardwood floors
One advantage of hardwood floors is that they can be used with many different heating systems. One of these is radiant heat. Although a modern heating system, the roots of radiant heating actually stretch back to the technology of the Roman Empire. Romans used warm water beneath the floor to heat the areas above. Radiant heating has remained popular in Europe ever since. By some estimates, up to 80%t of new homes use some form of this heating strategy.
Some homeowners expect that radiant heating cannot be used in conjunction with hardwood floors, but this is not in fact the case. According to Gil Thrum, who serves the North American Hardwood Manufacturers’ Association as its executive vice president, “Newer building materials and installation techniques allow faultless installations of oak, ash, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut and other fine hardwood flooring over radiant heat.” The concerns of previous generations, which involved the contraction and expansion of wood when in the presence of moisture, have now been surmounted.
Radiant heating systems have another benefit for homeowners: they actually simplify the process of hardwood floor sanding, which is a form of maintenance periodically needed to renew and refresh authentic wood floors. Because radiant systems operate below the floor, it means that the floor itself is free from baseboard heaters, radiators and forced-air registers. This in turn means that there are fewer obstructions and complications when a floor sanding services firm arrives to begin the job.