Heating Laminate Floors
About Laminate Floors and Radiant Heat
Laminate flooring is a good surface for radiant floor heating systems because it is dense, yet thin, and conducts heat well, making it a common benefactor of radiant floor heating systems. However, if the laminate is of poor quality, it will hinder the effectiveness of the radiant heating system. Laminates are comprised of a complex series of many synthetic layers bonded together under high pressure, and the quality of how well the layers are bonded determines how suitable the flooring will be for radiant heating. It is a good idea to check with the laminate manufacturer prior to purchasing and installing a radiant floor heating system.
Laminate flooring is a versatile type of flooring that is available in a variety of attractive patterns. While some laminate flooring can closely resemble the beauty of hardwood floors, there is actually no solid wood used in its construction. The flooring’s inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials which has a photographic appliqué layer bonded on top of that. The image is then protected by a hard, clear coating made from special resin-coated cellulose. Because of these construction factors, it is important that you check with the manufacture before moving forward with a radiant floor heating system.
Laminate flooring typically simulates wood, tile or stone with a photographic appliqué layer protected by a clear coating/layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. There is sometimes a glue backing for ease of installation. Laminate floors generally cost less than natural floor materials, and are more durable and hygienic than carpet. The disadvantage of laminate floors are that they are made of a plastic (melamine resin) derived from formaldehyde. However, all things considered, laminates are generally an excellent candidate for radiant heated floors.
Several different floor heating systems will perform well under laminate surfaces, but for optimum performance, we recommend these top three industry-leading systems:
FloorHeat is a unique floor heating solution. The low-voltage, semi-conductive polyethylene heating element features an extremely thin profile, so no additional floor buildup is required when heating floors with FloorHeat. The heating element is also self-regulating, further adding to the efficiency and safety of the floor heating system. FloorHeat's unique attributes make it an effective radiant heat choice for new construction jobs and can also be used for retrofit applications.
HeatShield floor heating insulation panels feature ½-inch thick polystyrene floor insulation panels that are covered with a thin, specially profiled aluminum with grooves provided for the heat cable. The aluminum reflects the floor heat upwards to provide outstanding, energy-efficient performance of your floor heating system. ComfortTile heat cable is placed in the grooves of the panel. The system is quickly and easily installed because there is no need for thinset or mortar.
ComfortTile floor heating cable is just ⅛-inch in diameter and the mats feature pre-spaced cable pre-woven into a durable adhesive-backed mesh for easy installation. The heat cable is also available on the spool. ComfortTile has set the industry standard when it comes to radiant floor heating and is Warmzone's most popular radiant floor heating solution.