Radiant Floor Heating
USA: Radiant Floor Heating: Manufacturers & Suppliers
ABOUT RADIANT FLOOR HEATING
Radiant floor heating, also known as underfloor heating, uses heat conduction and radiant heat to provide an even heat throughout a room. There are two main types of radiant floor heating: electric and water-based. Both main types of radiant floor heating, electric and water-based, can be used under a wide variety of flooring including tiles, stone, laminate, and engineered wood. Electric radiant floor heating systems may use an electrical cable laid in a zigzag pattern, onto which a cement screed can be poured; or they may use a pre-built mat with electrical wires built into it, like an electric blanket.
Water-based floor heating systems use a plastic pipe, laid on the floor in a zigzag pattern. This can then be covered with a poured screed. Alternatively, the plastic pipe may be held in slots in a dense composite board, which also provides thermal mass.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, designs and materials.
Infloor. Infloor, based in Buena Vista, Colorado, supplies a wide range of floor heating systems. Infloor has supplied electric and water-based floor heating systems since 1982. Its supplies products suitable for the following types of installation: Electric Floor Heating, Infloorboard, Radiant Trak, Concrete, Gypcrete, and Warm Board. Infloorboard is a specially constructed dense composite board, 5/8 inch thick, into which the water pipes are embedded. Radiant Trak is designed to be fitted under a wooden floor, between the joists.
Nuheat. Nuheat, based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, is a leading North American manufacturer of electric radiant floor heating systems. Pre-built, like an electric blanket, the Nuheat floor heating systems may be laid under tile, stone, laminate, and engineered wood flooring. Nuheat floor heating mats are available in 60 different standard square and rectangular sizes, designed to fit most rooms. They can also be custom built to fit rooms with angles or curves. Nuheat has its own sales force, and provides a 25 year warranty.
Watts Radiant. Watts Radiant is a leading manufacturer of floor heating systems. It is a division of Watts Water Technologies, which was founded in 1874, has 7,800 employees worldwide, and has its headquarters in North Andover, Massachusetts. Watts Radiant manufacturers all the components required for a water-based floor heating system. These include: PEX pipe, temperature gauges, controls, safety valves, pressure reducing valves, mixing valves, backflow preventors, and flowmeters. Watts Radiant also supplies electric floor warming mats.
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