Costs of Installing Radiant Floor Heat on Wood Costs of Installing Radiant Floor Heat on Wood
Installing radiant floor heating in your home is a great way to keep your home warm for a relatively low cost. But what are the costs associated with installing a radiant floor heating system in your wood floor?
Will You be Replacing the Flooring?
While carpeting is ideal for in-floor radiant heating, it can be installed under wood floors as well. The first thing that you want to consider is if you will be replacing your floor. A laminate wood floor is better for installing a radiant heat system. Placing a radiant heating system under a untreated wood floor could cause the flooring to become cracked or damaged. Your cost for replacing the flooring with laminate wood flooring will run anywhere from around $1.00 per square foot on up.
Retrofitting or New Construction?
Adding a radiant heating system to an existing home is a bit tricky. However, manufacturers have found a way to combat that by offering a retrofit kit for many homes. A retrofitted radiant heating system starts around $500 and the price will vary depending on the size and type of radiant heating system installed.
If this is a new construction home or you are replacing your foundation or adding a level to your home, you more then likely will be having an entirely new radiant heating system installed. These vary greatly in price and will again depend on the type and size of your home.
There are many other things to consider in terms of cost when it comes to installing radiant floor heating in your home. Some of them are little incidentals such as a tool. For the most part, however, these can be costly.
Check with your building code enforcement agency before you begin. When you are adding a radiant floor heating system, whether you are using a retrofit or having a brand new one installed, you are more then likely going to need to pay for and file a permit. The cost varies per county. Not using a permit could result in hefty fines and the enforcement agency shutting down your project.
What about your electrical, gas and plumbing? Is it up to code? Depending on if you are using a hot water heater for your radiant heat or not, you may need to update your water heater as well. If you are updating your wiring or plumbing, including installing a new water heater, most building codes require that the work is done by a licensed professional.
You also need to take into consideration the type of thermostat that you will be using to run your radiant heating system. A programmable thermostat is more expensive then a manual one, however, the use of a programmable thermostat will help your system run more efficiently.
You will also need to factor in the cost of concrete and the rental of any tools that you will need to do the job.