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Rising trends in home flooring
Grounded in Nature
Dark grey porcelain, Saddle Brook by Daltile, lines the exterior of this modern home.

Tile installers should contact the tile manufacturer for specific instructions for installing products over radiant heat, and reference publications by the Tile Council of North America (

Wood flooring provides some challenges when installed over radiant heat. Installers must consider the wood species, the wood width and thickness, moisture levels, installation practices, and heat output of the radiant system. Installers should reference guidelines provided by the National Wood Flooring Association (

Engineered wood floors can be less temperamental than real wood, but not all engineered wood floors are recommended for use over radiant-heat systems. Maximum temperatures differ by product and must be followed.

Many multilayer flooring (MLF) options are safe to install over embedded radiant-heat systems. Again, contacting the manufacturer for recommendations and installation instructions is recommended before installing over radiant heating, since failure to follow the manufacturer's guidelines may void their warranty.

For general guidance, the Radiant Professionals Alliance ( annually publishes the Radiant Comfort Guide, which includes helpful information on flooring over radiant systems.




Armstrong Flooring


Karndean Designflooring

Mannington Mills, Inc.


Mohawk Flooring

MS International (MSI)


Shaw Floors