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bluedisc22 01-25-2008 02:05 PM

Installing floating engineered hardwood in entrance and stair stringers
 
I want to DIY install engineered hardwood (Preverco PreLoc Series) in the front entrance and basement of our home. I will be installing electric radiant heat pads under the central area of the basement for warmth. Is there any advice or cautions that I should be aware of?

Also, I'd like to add the PreLoc to the stringer sides to create a unified look (the stairs leading to the basement flow directly from the front entrance landing.) I've not seen this done before - with wood on the sides and carpet down the stair tread and risers. Any thoughts regarding the 'look' of doing this?

KUIPORNG 01-25-2008 02:12 PM

I am of no expect...but consider wood is not a good heat transmitting medium... would really work with heat pads?

with PreLoc on the stringer sides!!! the challenge I can see is how do you hide the edge if you put trim wood base line there... it looks unprofessional finish....may be that is why it wasn't done before... with perfect measurement and cut... that is possible... but perfect is not easy to do...

bluedisc22 01-25-2008 02:29 PM

I've checked with Preverco and they say that radiant heat pads are okay.

Appreciate your comments on using hardwood on stringers. Thanks.

Randell Tarin 01-25-2008 03:03 PM

I just found this thread.

I'm not very knowledgeable about radiant heating. What kind of surface do you need underneath it. If you put it under a tile floor is it embedded in a layer of grout?

Someone suggested that I put radiant heat underneath the tile of a new bathroom were building. The structure will be on a post and beam foundation. The flooring beneath the tile is going to be 1" plywood flooring. The tile will be laid down on hardy board.

Would radiant heat work in this situation or should I even consider it?
What would I need to do differently for it to work?


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