My husband and I just retired and are planning an off-grid (active and passive) solar home on our son's property. I've been very excited about the idea of a single-story, on-slab home with radiant heat.. until I realized that the cement is REALLY hard to fall on. I fell in our garage last winter and fractured my pelvis in 3 places. The last thing I need in my "forever home" (aka "I hope to live here until I die!) is a cement slab. What could I cover it with that is safer for being old? I know it would be less than ideal.... or.... Should we find other ways to get the thermal mass and give up on radiant heat?
What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?
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Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017 Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 response
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What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?
Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020 Flooring and stairs 1 response
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Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019 Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 response
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Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019 Air and vapour barriers 3 responses