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Radiant Floor Heating For Main Floor of 100 Year House

solman Member Posts: 9
Had a water disaster from a boiler that died, pipes froze etc.

All the hardwood on the main floor has been ripped up as well as the Kitchen laminate.

Can I put radiant pipes on the floorboards and then hardwood flooring on top? Thus eliminating the previous hot water rads?

If above is not possible , would you recommend modern Buderis panel heaters or reclaimed recycled cast iron rads.



  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,576
    First you should do a room by room heat loss, in order to find the amount of heat needed for each. Post that information here with the dimensions.
    As the temperature of water flowing in underfloor radiant pipes is usually lower than that needed for radiators, you may not be able to supply enough heat.
    What caused the boiler failure?--NBC
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,576
    Download the SlantFin heat loss app, and the calculation is quite easy.--NBC
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546
    edited May 2016
    As Nicholas said do the heat loss to be sure that a radiant floor design will cover the load. If would flooring is going back over the radiant you must limit the floor temps also to 82* verses 85-87*.

    If your load ends up being more than 30 btus a SF. Supplemental means of emitters will be necessary.

    Panel rads are very elegant.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,506
    As the others said, it can be done, but you have to get someone who can design properly and install properly.
    And you should get the proper controls that will alert you (and/or your service provider) of boiler failure the moment it happens, so you can arrange service and avoid the same problem that put you in this situation in the first place.