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November 13, 2013
debrouse1 wrote:
Love the floors - Hi! Love the floors and wondering if you put radiant heat underneath and how that is working with the floors - are they engineered? Reclaimed? Thank you (Evergreen, CO)
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Select Hardwood Floor Co.
Many of our clients prefer ENGINEERED wood flooring over radiant heat.
Typically the system is over a poured & leveled lightweight concrete... (preferably not gypcrete).
Some of the higher compaction lightweight concrete used nowadays is much more advisable.
Even though WALNUT is much more "forgiving" than other species (such as oak or hickory) engineered flooring is recommended for glue-down installation as opposed to solid being better suited for nail-down installs over a wood subfloor.
Colorado has similar climate to many of our customers in the High Sierras (Tahoe for example).
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Reclaimed Lumber Products
If you want to use radiant heating you definitely should go with an engineered product.

Here's a link to a really "meaty" article we did about using reclaimed wood in flooring:

The two pics below are both reclaimed wood. The first pic is an engineered product applied on a concrete slab. It has a skip sanded finish so it has retained a lot of the original barnwood character. If you want thoughts on finishing a product like that (so your socks don't snag everytime you walk across it check out this link:

The second picture is solid hardwood reclaimed oak with a walnut finish. This was a really cool floor but was definitely much more "rustic" than an engineered product would be.

I hope this is helpful.
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