Hydronic Radiant-Floor Heating
Concrete slabs, thin slabs, and metal plates offer different ways of routing radiant heat underneath every floor in the home.
Synopsis: Different techniques offer flexibility for installing the ultimate comfort system under a variety of finished flooring materials.
Living in a house with radiant-floor heating can almost make you forget that it’s winter outside. I can’t think of any other heating system that is as comfortable. Like a campfire on a cool night, heated floors deliver warmth to the skin and clothing without overheating and drying out the surrounding air.
Although usually associated with thick concrete slabs, hydronic radiant systems are now versatile enough to install underneath almost any type of finish flooring. New materials and installation techniques make hydronic heating adaptable to a great range of flooring choices. Although a complete hydronic under-floor heating system requires a boiler, manifolds, and controls, this article focuses on tubing installation.
Basically, there are three methods of bringing radiant heat underneath the floor of a room: a slab-on-grade system, a thin-slab…