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Can I put laminate flooring on top of a radiant heated floor?

If you’ve installed radiant heating in your home, you may wonder what type of floor can be installed over it. Laminate flooring on top of a radiant heated floor is the perfect solution. As long as proper precautions are taken, it is perfectly fine to install laminate over a radiant heated floor.

Proper Installation

In order to make this installation successful you need to:

  • Run the floor’s heating system for at least 4 days at 64-72 degrees
  • Acclimate flooring in the room it will be installed in for at least 48 hours
  • Once installation is finished, do not change radiant heat for at least another 48 hours
  • Never raise the flooring surface temperature above 82 degrees

Acclimate your flooring by cross stacking the boxes

Keep in mind that minor gaping between planks during the heating season is a normal occurrence with laminate over a radiant heated sub-floor. Proper humidity controls will help to minimize this type of natural reaction to seasonally changing climate controls.

Use the Proper Underlayment

When installing the radiant heating, find out what kind of underlayment to use. Some radiant heating comes in the form of a soft underlayment-type covering, while other types of radiant heating require a specific underlayment before you install any flooring. Also, get familiar with the manufacturers warranty regarding laminate flooring on top of a radiant heated floor. Some manufacturers have particular guides to the installation process. Some may even recommend against it.

Be mindful of which underlyament you install.

Next time someone asks what type of floor that can install over radiant heat flooring, show them this article and tell them laminate flooring! Hopefully it will help with a proper installation and successful home renovation project.

Have any more questions about radiant heated floors and laminate flooring? Write them in the comments below!

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  1. We have hot water radiant heat installed in our concrete floor, we are looking at wood laminate flooring to install, do we have to use a plastic barrier between the flooring and concrete? if not what type of padding can be used between the laminate and concrete that will not affect the efficiency of radiant heating into the room and/or area?

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Patrick – Yes, you must use a vapor barrier when installing on concrete flooring. Concrete flooring is porous and moisture can seep through the concrete and damage your laminate flooring. We would recommend Visqueen Vapor Block, which is compatible with Radiant Heat flooring. You can then install a laminate flooring that has pad pre-attached or the desired underlayment of your choice. If you need help purchasing, or have additional questions, please call us at 1-800-520-0961 or email us at and we will be happy to help you!

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