When installing radiant heat systems be sure to ask for quarter sawn wood. Besides the unique appearance, rift and quartered wood flooring is highly prized for its stability.
In general, wood flooring adjusts to the climate that it is in by regularly absorbing and releasing moisture from the environment. This causes floor boards to expand and contract as its surrounding conditions change. But, because of the way the logs are cut, rift and quarter sawn material is less inclined toward gapping, expanding/contracting or cupping as a result of temperature and seasonal changes which makes it very desirable flooring. For these reasons, Rift and Quartered hardwood flooring can be used over radiant heating and in homes near the water. White Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn wide plank flooring is a shown in this image from a newly built home in CT. It’s not only stylish and beautiful but also very stable.