There will be times when you want heated floors for your Livermore, CA home; the winters are cold, sometimes dipping to the mid-to-low 30s, and wet. At that point, you may decide on a prevalent energy-efficient radiant underfloor heating system that heats the entire room instead of a radiator known for uneven temperature distribution and heat escape. Some floors are more compatible with underfloor heating than others, so be sure to speak with a professional flooring company to ensure everything is aligned.


Luxury vinyl plank: great for radiant heating

Both vinyl (any version) and radiant heat are great bathroom choices, especially when someone wants the look of wood in that "wettest room in the house" and doesn't want to step out of the shower onto a cold floor. This is a winning combination, to be sure. Feel free to come into our flooring store in Livermore, CA, if you have questions or concerns.


Other good choices include:

  • Porcelain and ceramic tile. Tile is thin, which makes it heat up fast, and is also a superior heat conductor, so it also retains it for a while after the system shuts off.

  • Natural stone. Like tile, this retains heat after the system shuts off. Unlike tile, it is thicker, so the initial warm-up takes a little longer.

  • Laminate. Usually, the battle cry is "thicker is better," but thinness is advantageous when it's over radiant heat because it enables the heat to penetrate and dissipate. It's usually also combined with an underlayment, but you may want to use it without one for cold rooms.

Keep in mind that there are two types of radiant heating systems, water-driven or electrical, and the two may not have similar instructions. Be sure you are looking at the one most correct for your flooring needs.


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For over 30 years, we've provided Alameda County with an extensive inventory and provided services such as professional installation and design consultation. We look forward to seeing you at the Abbey Carpet of Livermore showroom in Livermore, CA, serving areas in and around Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville. Be sure to ask for your free flooring quote!