Winter is here, and with it comes the seasonal rise in heating bills. One great option to warm a room efficiently and cost-effectively is through the use of electric radiant floor heating. While the product – whether a wire, mat or film – is designed to install easily, several considerations must be made to ensure a long-lasting and trouble-free installation.
Eric Kurtz, Bostik market manager, hardwood installation systems, said while his company’s HeatStep mat and wire systems can be used under tile, the company is focusing on its use under hardwood floors. “We’re marketing very heavily toward hardwood. It has to be encapsulated in a cementitious layer, and make sure to follow the recommendations of the hardwood flooring manufacturer,” he said. “Most manufacturers will specify that the heat not go past 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit.”