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Does anyone have any experience with carpet squares such as the InterfaceFLOR brand sold by Design Within Reach? Wondering if carpet "squares" are better/worse than regular carpeting for the radiant heating.

Thanks!

Greg

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Joined: Mar 25 2003

They look great and work fine, especially for the price. However, note that the ones with a bitumen backing: House Pet, Rugged Terrain, Undercurrent and Working Class don't work with vinyl tiles or other waxeds floor as the bitumen causes a chemical reaction with the wax.

I've been assured by the manufacturer that the remaining products work well over radiant heated floors.

An added bonus with Interface is that as a company, they're very environmentally progressive. Ironic considering that the bitumen backing turns into an oil spill when placed over heated wax.

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Thanks a million for that tip. Sounds like best application is to have the original tiles removed and use the carpet squares directly over the concrete (although i know this is a significant addl cost).

Did you use any carpet squares on top of EXISTING tile? If yes, is it working out well?

Greg

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You shouldn't have any problem with the original tiles as long as you don't have a coat of wax on them. The problem is with the chemicals in the wax reacting with the backing on the carpet tiles. If you're unsure, just use a stripper to clean the current floor. In addition, there are numerous FLOR tile product lines that don't have this problem at all.

They really are pretty affordable. We made area rugs for 3 1/2 rooms for less than $800.

Not bad.

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

tborsellino wrote:
They look great and work fine, especially for the price. However, note that the ones with a bitumen backing: House Pet, Rugged Terrain, Undercurrent and Working Class don't work with vinyl tiles or other waxeds floor as the bitumen causes a chemical reaction with the wax.

Yes!! I wish I had known that when I placed the carpet tiles over my newly poured concrete floor with a xylene gloss finish. I have little pieces of concrete popping off all over the place when I lift up the corners of the tiles! Although, I don't think that is totally due to the carpet tiles but mainly due to the quality of the contractor's concrete work.

The tiles work just fine with the radiant heating. Great for replacing when one tile gets dirty (especially the kids' rooms!). A great product over all.

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