Canadian Homeowner Reports Back on First Winter with Warmboard


In this installment of 
Warmboard Works, we talk to Remko T. from Ontario, Canada, who built his home in 2018 near the shores of magnificent Lake Erie. He’ll recount for us his experience building and living with Warmboard in his family’s 2,650 sq ft home and 1,100 sq ft detached garage.


“We chose Warmboard for our new home that we built last year and couldn’t be happier! We considered all the options available for floor heat and found that the extra panel cost for a Warmboard system was worth it. We were not disappointed! The panels arrived on time and the framers had no trouble putting it in following the layout plans. House construction can be tough on subfloors but Warmboard held up amazing!

I also waited on installing the pex tubing until the walls were up and the plumbing, wiring and exterior wall insulation was done. I did the custom router loops myself with the template kit provided. I ran all the pex lines according to the plans provided to the manifold locations just before the drywallers started.

We decided to keep it simple by making one heat zone for each the basement, the main floor, the top floor, and the detached garage. The hot water heater is another zone. We did not use slab sensors anywhere, just thermostats in each zone.

The boiler we chose is a 160,000 btu IBC Canadian-made boiler. It has 5 built-in zone controls and an outdoor reset thermostat as well. It’s a very simple and well-built boiler and incredibly easy to operate.

Overall, we are thrilled with our warm floors! Our Warmboard system heats the house very evenly and very comfortably. We are pleased with the fast response to both raise and lower the temperatures in the house as desired. I run the water temperature in the floor between 110°-125°F which gives us great response times and is lightning fast! I’ve also noticed the heating keeps up easily when it is below 0°C outside. During the day we typically keep it at 19°- 21°C and at night we set it down to 17°C.

The cost to heat the house to 19°C and the garage to 15°C is on average $300-350 per month with propane @65cent per liter. This is a bit disappointing but I’m anticipating the cost will decrease at least 33-50% when natural gas comes through in the near future.

My wife and I love our Warmboard home and we can’t help but notice the lack of radiant heating and lack of Warmboard’s invisible comfort when we go to anyone else’s house.”

Longtime Happy Homeowner - Alex Z. in Pennsylvania

In this Warmboard Works, we hear from Alex Z. in Pennsylvania, who built his house back in 2005 using Warmboard and has never looked back. He is graciously sharing his experience living in a 3,700 sq ft Warmboard home for over a decade and will explain the main reasons why he selected a Warmboard radiant heating system.

“I’ve been a Warmboard customer for nearly 15 years now and I am an extremely happy customer!!!

When I bought my house, I knew it was a total rebuild. I spent many months researching and designing my new home, carefully selecting all of the products that went into the build. I chose Warmboard for a few reasons (not in any particular order):

1) The rebuild meant I had to replace nearly 4000 sq ft of subfloor and I wanted to put in radiant heat. Without Warmboard, I could not have afforded to do both! The incremental cost (at the time) was 15% higher than just a standard subfloor but I got both radiant heat and my subfloor at once!  It also sped up the build time, which was very important.

2) My house was designed at about 4000 sq ft, however, there is A LOT of volume in my house. Most of the ceilings are roughly 14 feet high. No other method of heat, other than radiant, was going to give me the comfort I wanted. With Warmboard I also got equal heat distribution across the entire floor…there are no warm/cold spots, especially near the edge of the house (exterior walls).

3) What I was surprised at after the fact was the efficiency! I have a very small boiler for my house size (it’s 80k BTU’s for both domestic hot water and heat!) yet I get heat from the floor in about 30 minutes. Additionally, my heating costs are extremely low. By running the water through the floor at 110 degrees my heating costs are about $150-170/month. Conversely, my AC bills are always over $500/month in the summer!!!

I can’t directly compare my current heating costs to my pre-Warmboard heating costs as we went from oil heat/radiators to Warmboard, powered by natural gas. The home also increased in size from 1,380 sq ft to 3,700 sq ft. 

I value the comfort my Warmboard radiant heating system gives me and have been thrilled with the phenomenal performance all these years. I anticipate another 15 years of enjoyment and satisfaction!”