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Q: Can I have a radiant heated wood floor?

A: Yes, installing a wood floor over radiant heat is not much different from laying a typical wood floor. Most important is good communication with the radiant heat system designer. For solid wood flooring, strips 3" wide or less are recommended. For engineered products, a lower temperature is generally allowed in the system than with a solid wood floor.

Q: How about heating ducts?
A: Wood flooring must be protected from excessive heat. Flooring installed over a heating plant or non-insulated heating ducts may develop cracks unless protection from the heat is provided. Use a double layer of 15 lb., or a single layer of 30 lb. asphalt felt/building paper, or 1/2" standard insulation board between joists under the flooring in these areas.