There is nothing worse than a cold tile floor under your feet, especially in the winter. Many homeowners today are fighting back by installing radiant heating under the floors of their bathrooms. Have you considered this option for your home? Here are a few things to consider if you want a heated floor in your bathroom:
Choose your product
There are several types of radiant floor heaters available, so be sure to talk to your local hardware store or a supplier to learn about installation and the different types. Most are simple metal grids that will be placed below the flooring you choose.
You may be able to hook up your radiant floor heater yourself, but it is always best to consult with an expert when doing work with electricity. An electrician can get everything installed safely and make the heater easy to turn on and off.
Cement board subfloor
When you're ready to start, you'll need to lay a cement board subfloor. This is the protection layer that will allow your heater to work efficiently and operate safely. Cement board is available at any big box home improvement store.
After you lay the cement board subfloor, you'll install the heating elements. This will cover the area of your floor. Most heaters cannot be placed against the wall, but the minimum distance between the walls and heating elements will depend on the product you're using. Be sure to read all materials carefully.
Once the heating element is laid down, install your tiles using regular mortar and grout. Make sure not to damage the heater with the flooring tools. Once the tile is in, you can have a heated floor with the flip of a switch.
If you're remodeling your bathroom, or replacing your floors, radiant heating is definitely worth considering. Yes, you might end up paying more for your floors, but the energy savings, comfort level, and resale value will be worth it all in the end.