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Hardwood floors (engineered) -radiant application.

Ed Lentz_2
Ed Lentz_2 Member Posts: 158
Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't Bamboo have a problem with bleaching out in strong sunlight?


  • Rick in Anchorage
    Rick in Anchorage Member Posts: 10
    Hardwood floors (engineered) -radiant application.

    Up here in Anchorage Alaska we have removed our berber carpet (after about 4 or 5 yrs) and are ready to try engineered hardwood floors. It is a sunroom – it gets east and southern sun. The room is approx 500 sq feet. The floor will be a floating floor. Subfloor is gypcrete with plastic radiant tubes.

    We have vendors who sell Kahrs and Upofloor engineered hardwood floating floors. Both are snap together style- no glue. Both are about the same price (Kahrs is 1$ more per sq ft.) Both are approx 5/8 in thick

    Please--- is anyone familiar with either--- Has anyone a preference?

    Also—how about bamboo-- does it work well over radiant floors?

    Thanks very much-- Rick

  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    I have no experience with any of these engineered floors over radiant but do know that some of the initial engineering tests for Thermofin (a heavy extruded aluminum conduction plate) were conducted with bamboo flooring and am almost positive that the owner of the Thermofin company has made significant use of such in radiant floor installations.
  • hr
    hr Member Posts: 6,106
    yes to bamboo

    it provides a very tough floor surface. I have had two customers install it over radiant.

    www.totallybamboo.com now has 2" x 30" bamboo stock for counter tops. Harder than maple and more stable.

    Check out www.launstein.com for some more choices and excellent radiant experience.

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  • nosirra1Arrison
    nosirra1Arrison Member Posts: 57
    re:engineered flooring

    Our home has Kahrs engineered over radiant. Quality control of Kahrs is excellent. Every board was perfect. Have been through a full heating season with excellent results (no expansion/contraction problems)and great heat transfer.
  • Rick in Anchorage
    Rick in Anchorage Member Posts: 10
    Launstein Hardwood Floors

    I just found this company in my search for floating engineered hardwood floors to be used over a radiant gypcrete subfloor-- Launstein Hardwood Floors

    Please take a look-- http://www.launstein.com/flooring/floating-floor.html

    The price is the same for any of the listed widths. (I find this remarkable).

    I like the idea that it is one ‘strip’ per plank. That way, if any shrinkage does occur, it will look more like a traditional tongue/groove floor.

    Has anyone experience with this product?

    Thanks very much---- Rick

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