Yes, Urban Surfaces' vinyl flooring can be installed over a hydronic radiant heat system. Basically, a hydronic radiant heating system turns the floors into radiators. It warms living spaces. It does that without vents in the walls like conventional forced-air heating systems. In short, heated water is pumped from a boiler through a loop of flexible tubing embedded in the floor. IMPORTANT:
Before you install vinyl flooring over a hydronic radiant heat system, first you must:
- Ensure job site conditions are stable
- Ensure subfloor suitability
- Ensure flooring meets proper acclimation period
Next, you should:
- Confirm the heat system’s maker allows installation of vinyl floors
- Read the manufacturer’s recommendations
- Verify the heat system’s compatibility with a vinyl floor
- Check the requirements for installation
Ask the provider of the heat system about proper subfloors, installation methods, and guidelines such as these:
Vinyl Flooring Guidelines:
- In-floor radiant components must be a minimum of ½ an inch (13mm) below the flooring within the substrate.
- Slab surface temperature must never exceed 85° F or 29° C.
- Heat system should be operational for at least two weeks before installation to calibrate temperature settings.
- Never lay vinyl floors over radiant heating mats
- Lower temperature to 65° F or 18° C three days before installation
After installing vinyl flooring, slowly adjust the temperature. Do this each day by increments of 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Rapid swings in temperatures might damage the flooring. Quick tip:
To avoid overheating, use an in-floor temperature sensor.