If the basement will get a concrete slab, the PEX can go down before the pour, attached to a wire mesh or clipped onto rigid foam insulation. The flooring then goes right on top of this slab. If there's already a slab in place, the tubing goes over it, using the same low-profile panels used for a second-floor retrofit.
The growing popularity of solar heating has also caused builders and homeowners to give radiant floor heat a second look. Solar energy is a good heat source for radiant floors because solar thermal collectors are very efficient at supplying the lower water temperatures that such systems require.
Radiant floor heating is arguably the ideal home heating system. It's comfortable, efficient, unobtrusive, quiet, and does not blow dust and allergens around the way forced hot air systems do.
concrete floor heating. Being in the concrete business I see a lot of people installing concrete floor heating as their main source of heat. I've poured hundreds of concrete floors with radiant heat and have learned a lot about how it works, what are the advantages over other heating systems and what are some disadvantages.
But can you use vinyl plank flooring on top of radiant heating? Yes, You Can! Vinyl plank flooring is a great option for on top of radiant heating, especially if you need a flooring that is waterproof! Be sure to keep the radiant flooring heat under 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
1. Energy Efficient Heating. There are two types of radiant floor heating, electric and water-based systems. Both provide heating in a room from the floor up for consistent, efficient warmth. Warm water systems run hot water through pipes to create heat, whereas electric underfloor heating heats wiring beneath the floor to generate heat.