What flooring material works best over radiant floor heat?

We are building a new house and decided to put radiant floor heat throughout. I would like wood floors, but what is the best flooring to put over this type of heat: wood, laminate, engineered or something else?
Submitted by rainsga

The best surface for a radiant floor is something with "thermal mass".  For a detailed explanation of thermal mass, here's the Wikipedia definition. Materials that have high thermal mass are those that are able to store heat.  Examples are concrete, many types of tile and stone, and Earthen floors.  Materials that don't have high thermal mass are wood floors, laminate, and carpet.  The reason you want a flooring with higher thermal mass (ability to store heat) is that it will emit the heat from the radiant floor system at a desirable rate and also the floor will have a nice warm feel to it.


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