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The Best Floors To Install Over Radiant Heating Systems

The radiant heating systems offer gradual heat convection which is silent and relatively energy efficient. Due to that factor, not all floors can be installed over them.

The Flooring Group will make a list of most and least suitable options.


  • Natural Stone: All natural stones or aggregate stones can be a natural fit for radiant heating systems. Moreover, the stone will retain the heat.
  • Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles: Tiles made from minerals are always safe to use and much like stone, they hold heat after the system shuts off.
  • Laminate Flooring: The thin laminate flooring can be an asset as it allows the heat to penetrate and dissipate. A vital precaution is to keep the temperature below the maximum point recommended by the flooring manufacturer.
  • Carpeting: Due to the insulating properties of this type of flooring, radiant heating systems experience efficiency reduction and the thermostat has to be turned up higher.
  • Linoleum, Sheet or Tile Vinyl Flooring: Generally, can be used turned up to no more than 29.4C degrees.
  • Most Species of 3/4″ Solid Hardwood: Here the heating element should be embedded within the system subfloor, under the traditional subfloor, or embedded within the concrete. Narrower floorboards always work better than wide-plank ones due to the multiplicity of seams which allows for more flexibility.


  • Rubber Flooring: Rubber does not go well with high heat and as it fuses unpleasant odours.
  • Straight Under Engineered or Solid Hardwood Flooring: Radiant heating should be installed always separately and apart from solid hardwood.
  • Glued-Down Carpeting: This heating system will most definitely dry and loosen carpet adhesive.