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Can I put radiant heat under red oak?

Eric Wotzak | Posted in GBA Pro Help on

The wood has been sitting inside the house for a few years. So I’m sure it has acclimated well.

If it’s not quarter-sawn, is that a determining factor as well?

The flooring will be going into a family room with 10-ft ceilings. The radiant heat system will go in the joists below inside the new basement which seems dry as far as I can tell.

Thanks if anyone can give me solid input from experience.


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    Martin Holladay | | #1
  2. Riversong | | #2

    Yes. The problems with hardwood flooring stability are moisture problems not heat issues. Most flooring moisture problems come from below.

    "Dry as far as I can tell" may not be enough. Check basement humidity with a digital hygrometer with memory available at any Radio Shack or similar outlet.

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