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Old 11-30-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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Is this safe or dangerous?


My room/building uses floor heating (there's a water pipe system under the flooring that heats up water to heat up the room). Would it be safe to lay down floor mats or carpet/rugs or will this have some sort of fire hazard? Does laying down floor mats or carpeting in anyway BLOCK the heat from coming up through the floor into the room or will it simply heat up the mats/rug and travel through them and still heat the room?

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Old 11-30-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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You can lay down anything you want. The floor is heated. Heat naturally rises. Its hotwater heat. But in your case its radiant floor instead of copperbaseboard like i have.
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Adding a floor covering is not a fire hazard---Just remember --no nails!

Some coverings might add a slight insulation barrier--the foam mat under laminated flooring for instance--But that is not a big problem---
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thanks, i thought it'd be ok too, just wanted to make sure cuz I was pretty sure heat just rises too.
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I'm a little late in posting but, what the heck!

In fact, radiant heat doesn't "rise" like forced 'hot air'. The space is heated by heating the flooring, fixtures and walls. They, in turn, radiate the heat into the space. In a floor radiant heated space, it will be warmer in the first 6' (+/-) off the floor than at the ceiling.

To the OP question; if you're using white marble or very light colored, putting an insulated floor mat (one with a thick rubber, non-slip backing) will insulate the heat and can darken the tile. There is no fire hazard though.
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What ever you do do not stick nails in the floor. My brother did it and it did not go well...
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