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Engineered or traditional wood floors?

Frank Torti | Posted in GBA Pro Help on

We are building a home in New Hampshire. There is radiant heat in slab in the basement floor and climate panels on first floor. We get conflicting information: On the first floor with climate panels, some folks tell us it is o.k. to use traditional 3/4″ wood,such as oak or red birch, over the panels. Others say the heat will dry out and crack the wood, and we should use engineered panels that have a veneer of real wood over plywood.

In the basement, we are told that if you glue down the engineered wood panels thoroughly, they can be applied to the cement without problems.

What are your experiences with these products and applications?
Frank

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Frank,
    I suggest that you start by reading the information provided by these web links:

    Maple flooring over radiant heat

    Installing Hardwood Floors over Radiant Slabs

    Hardwood Flooring over Radiant Heat

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