- Radiant Floor Heating Home
- What is Radiant Floor Heating?
- How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?
- What are the Methods of Heating Radiant Floors?
- How Warm is a Radiant Heated Floor?
- What are Radiant Floor Heating Zones?
- More FAQs: How much does it cost? Can the floor get too hot? Can the tubing leak?
- Benefits of In-Floor Radiant Heating
- Lower Energy Costs
- Lower Heating Costs
- Healthy Air
- Going Green with Radiant Floor Heating
- Installing Radiant Floor Heating Systems
- Design and Installation Tips from the Radiant Panel Association
- One Contractor's Method of Installing Radiant Heat
- Retrofitting a Concrete Floor with Radiant Heat
- Cooling a Home that has a Radiant Floor Heating System
- Other Resources
- Find a Uponor (formerly Wirsbo) Installer
- Common Questions about Concrete Floors: Are they cold? Are they loud? Are they expensive?
Radiant Floor Heating
Retrofitting a Concrete Floor with Radiant Heat
While most radiant heating systems are in-floor installations, and go down before the floor is placed, some electric systems are available in mats as thin as 1/16 inch that can be affixed to existing concrete floors and then covered with a thin-set cement or gypsum overlay without significantly raising the floor height. Examples include ZMesh from Heatizon, Tempzone from WarmlyYours, Warmup underfloor matting, and Nuheat.
Many of these products come in rolls, like carpeting, and are composed of evenly spaced electric wires bonded to or embedded in a durable fabric or mesh material. Generally, these systems are used to warm floors in smaller areas or to provide supplemental heat in individual rooms. They typically are not intended for whole-house heating. Most systems operate on standard 120- or 240-volt power.