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Old 11-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hydronic heat and flooring


Some background.
Our house was built in 1972 with what I believe is called hydronic heat. Hot water pipes embedded in the slab foundation fueled by a propane boiler.

The torn up carpet is slowly working its way up our to-do list and I am researching alternatives.

I don't think any wood/engineered wood/laminate will hold up to our friends (the biggest one not shown) so it will be tile or carpet. With all of the brick and stone I'm currently leaning toward carpet (possibly a a glue down commercial) to soften the look.

My questions: Is there a significant difference in the efficiency of the heat going through tile vs carpet? And how much difference does pile or padding make?

Also, am I likely to encounter any problems between the adhesive and the heat if I go with a thinner glue down carpet.

Very few people around here even know what a hydronic system is. The HVAC people say ask the flooring people, and the flooring people say ask the HVAC people. Any advice or links would be appreciated.
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The more thermal mass the better floor heat works. If you choose carpet, there is special padding, carpet and adheasive for radiant floor heat.

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Thanks for the info.
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