What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab in Quebec?

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What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?

Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021Last updated: April 21, 2021

I am building a concrete radiant floor system for a new build in Quebec. The contractor will build a floating slab with footings. The contractor is suggesting 2 inches of insulation and 3 inches of concrete, which seems too little base on what I have read. What do you recommend the thickness to be for the insulation and the concrete for the slab and radiant floor system? Thank you.

Responses (3)

Marc-Andre Roy
Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021, 2:31 p.m.
P McCavity May 8, 2021, 11:17 p.m.

I second everything Emmanuel says. Extra insulation costs very little, and if it's sat on a good drained layer of gravel to prevent frost heave it's the best value for money you can have in a build. And, personally, I would never consider anything under 4 inches of reinforced concrete for a slab on grade foundation - maybe using Helix micro rebar?