Interior Radiant Heat Systems
Which System is Best for Your Floor Heating Application?
To state that there is one radiant heating system that is best for heating all types of floors would be irresponsible. No reputable radiant heat provider should make the claim that one radiant floor heating system is the best for warming floors. Several factors must be taken into account, such as the type of floor, subfloor and size of area to be heated. Certain radiant heating systems are better suited for certain types of floor heating applications. Below is a table of radiant heat applications with the systems that would be best suited for those types of floors.
Several radiant heat systems are available for interior floor heating. While just about any type of floor surface can be installed over a radiant heating system, not all systems are ideal for all types of floor surfaces.
Radiant Floor Heating Systems
Uses: Tile, Marble, Laminates
Warm tile floors are rapidly becoming standard for new and remodeled homes. Radiant heat for tile floors has always been considered a distinctive quality, so if you are building a new home or remodeling any of your floors, now is the time to add under floor heating. Many of the floor heating products we sell can be installed by do-it-yourself home owners. For small areas we recommend using electric radiant heating products for reasons of cost and ease of installation. Warmzone's ComfortTile is ideal for heating tile floors.
Uses: Wood Laminate, Carpet, Parquet Flooring
HeatShield Panels are insulated floor heating panels that feature a ½-inch thick polystyrene insulation covered with a thin, specially profiled aluminum. The floor heating system not only provides excellent insulation but optimizes the performance of the heat cable by reflecting the heat upwards to the floor. When combined with a quality heat cable (such as ComfortTile), this system is extremely effective and very efficient, and ideal for heating under laminate and engineered wood flooring.
Uses: Tile, Hardwood, Carpet
The In-Slab radiant floor heating cable is designed for installation in new concrete slab applications. The heat cable is tied directly to the re-mesh and embedded at least ½-inch below the floor's surface. When power is sent to the rugged thermal heating cable, it quickly heats, using the concrete slab to efficiently store and distribute the heat evenly throughout its intended area.
Uses: Hardwood, Carpet, Wood Laminate, Parquet Flooring
FloorHeat is a unique heating element because it can be installed directly under any material, ranging from hardwood floors to roofing. The radiant heating element is installed directly under various types of floors, and even in thinset when installing it under tile. No additional floor buildup is required when heating floors with FloorHeat because it is so thin. FloorHeat is a safe low-voltage product for practically any application, so it can be safely nailed through without damaging the heating element.
Uses: Heat Existing Floors (Hardwood, Tile, Laminate)
If you can access your floor joists from below, you are a perfect candidate for retrofitting your floors with energy-efficient radiant heat. The RetroHeat system is one of the best values for installing radiant heat under any existing floor surface. The floor heating elements consist of thin warming panels that can be cut to the desired length on site and then stapled between the floor joists. The RetroHeat floor heating system effectively heats virtually all types of floor surfaces.