Warmboard Pricing Total Per Square Foot
Warmboard pricing is a bit deceiving. You can analyze the price per sheet of Warmboard, or include the total heating costs. In order to clear up any questions, I was able to speak to Casey Kunselman, the Sales Operating Manager for Warmboard, Inc. This was his response as far as the big picture with Warmboard.
A typical forced air furnace heating solution costs about $5 to $6 per square foot, complete, installed. With Warmboard, or any radiant solution, the total cost, including all materials and labor, is between $10-$15 per square foot installed. Warmboard itself is about half that.
To further explain. The actual boards, which are 4 foot by 8 foot sections of subfloor, cost about half of the total system.
When you go with radiant heat, you also have to spend money on PEX aluminum PEX tubing, a heating system (boiler, water heater, solar heater, etc.) and labor.
The true value of Warmboard comes from the comfort it delivers, and the savings a homeowner experiences if they stay in the home for a long time. Read this article by Warmboard Inc. to see how they explain the savings for a homeowner.
The price of the board can be found by contacting Warmboard, Inc. They only sell direct, so they will determine the price. With larger orders, the price will be a bit cheaper per square foot, and with smaller orders they could be a bit more expensive. For 2011 the price should be around $6 per square foot, or just under $200 for a 4x8 sheet.
To make things as simple as possible with Warmboard pricing, lets look at a hypothetical home being built with Warmboard. If the home has 2000 square feet with a total heating cost of $10 per square foot, it would cost $20,000 for the Warmboard System.
Compare this to if you installed a typical forced air furnace at $5 per square foot in the 2000 sq. ft. home. The forced air system would cost a total of $10,000.
So the home costs $10,000 more. How long would it take to see the energy savings from Warmboard? This hydronic radiant heat system is 25% more efficient than forced air. That means, if you spend $2000 a year heating your home, you would save $500. If you divide 10,000 by 500, you need to live in this home for 20 years to start ending up in the black.
This is an extremely simple example of Warmboard pricing. One thing that is encouraging about using hydronic radiant heat is it can use many different fuel sources. You can heat water with solar panels, oil, connect it to a geothermal system, use natural gas, or even electric. Determine what source of energy is the most efficient and use that to heat the water. Also, the cost of energy is always on the rise. If you have a system that is the most efficient now, imagine the savings in the future.
In the end, it really comes down to personal preference. I love to walk around barefoot in the winter in my home. Radiant heat makes this possible. I can't put a price tag on that.
To see how a Warmboard radiant heat system is layed out, view this sample home.
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- Interview with a Warmboard Representative
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