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Heated Flooring: Looking to keep your feet warm?

Heated Flooring: Looking to keep your feet warm?

Heated flooring (aka radiant flooring) is an excellent way to heat floorings that are cool, such as stone, concrete, or ceramic tile.

There are 2 systems you can choose from electric and hydronic. We will dive into each one to help you make a more informed decision on which one will work for you.

Electric radiant system. Kopp Construction: General Contractor - Portland, OR Metro Area. We are a Custom Home Builder offering new home construction, remodeling, additions, and more. Services include Custom Home Construction, Design Work & Plans, Custom Remodeling, Repairs, Additions, Commercial Building, and more.

Electric radiant system:

This system has thin heating cables, like the wires in an electric blanket, installed under ceramic tile. 

Where: They’re installed in rooms such as bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens. 

Controlled: They have their own thermostat, these electric floor heating systems will not replace your central heating unit. 

Energy Consumption: This electric floor heating system will consume about the same amount of electricity as three 100W lightbulbs.

Note: If you’re installing radiant floor heat in an existing room, you’ll need a dedicated 15-20amp GFCI protected circuit to power the system. 

Hydronic radiant system. Kopp Construction: General Contractor - Portland, OR Metro Area. We are a Custom Home Builder offering new home construction, remodeling, additions, and more. Services include Custom Home Construction, Design Work & Plans, Custom Remodeling, Repairs, Additions, Commercial Building, and more.

Hydronic radiant system:

Heats the floor by warm water pumped through plastic tubing. The tubing goes beneath the wood floors; by installing it directly under the finish flooring or fastened to the underside of the subfloor.

Components: In a hydronic system will have a water heater, circulation pump, manifold of valves, and a thermostat to control the temperature. 

Where: Rooms with carpet, tile, and vinyl flooring can go down over a hydronic masonry floor.  

Energy Consumption: You can have substantial savings when using this throughout the house or a whole level; you can save around 1/3 over what you’d pay to heat by forced air. 

Note: The cost for an entire heating system is 2 to 3 times the cost of the electric radiant system. 

What are the Pros and Cons of a Radiant System.  Home

What are the Pros and Cons of a Radiant System?

Pros:

-Electric radiant heating systems buried within a ceramic tile can retain heat for a long time, even after the power is turned off.

-Electrical radiant floor systems offer a discreet way of heating a floor.

-The systems can help reduce overall heating costs by not having you your HVAC or space heaters to work as hard to heat up the room.

-These systems are ideal for use under cold surfaces.

-A radiant system, in general, are more cost-effective than other means of supplemental electric heating, such as space heaters.

Cons:

-These systems are challenging to install retroactively, as the floor covering must be removed. They are most practical during new construction or remodeling projects.

-A radiant system is more effective at warming the floor surface rather than heating the entire room.

-For whole-home use, an electric radiant system is more expensive to operate than a hydronic radiant system.

-Broken wires and tubing beneath the flooring surfaces and are difficult to repair.

-Radiant floor heating is less effective under carpeting, hardwood, or vinyl since the heat can become trapped between the insulating surface layer and the subfloor.

Costs of a Radiant System. Kopp Construction: General Contractor - Portland, OR Metro Area. We are a Custom Home Builder offering new home construction, remodeling, additions, and more. Services include Custom Home Construction, Design Work & Plans, Custom Remodeling, Repairs, Additions, Commercial Building, and more.

Costs of a Radiant System?:

You can expect to pay $8 to $12 per square foot for materials alone. On average, for professional installation plus materials, plan on spending about $16 per square foot.

Need Heated Flooring or have questions about Looking to keep your feet warm on your floors? Contact Us online at or give Us a call at 1 (503) 3357-8810. From concept to completion, we provide full remodeling services. Let’s Build It!

Kopp Construction: General Contractor - Portland, OR Metro Area. We are a Custom Home Builder offering new home construction, remodeling, additions, and more. Services include Custom Home Construction, Design Work & Plans, Custom Remodeling, Repairs, Additions, Commercial Building, and more.Kurt Kopp is a dedicated professional with a commitment to excellence. He is a master builder of over 35 years of experience that strives to deliver the highest quality product to his valued customer. 

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