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Archive for May, 2009

Heated Tile Floors

Heated Tile Floors, One of the Top 10 Most-Wanted Home Products

An increasing trend in the tile industry is the inclusion of electric floor heating systems in kitchen or bathroom remodeling projects. Radiant floor heating is often mentioned as one of the top 10 products for your home (according to both “Residential Design Build” and “Builder” magazine). Also often featured on HGTV and other popular TV shows, electric floor heating has quickly gained in popularity with homeowners looking to add an extra touch of comfort to their bathrooms or kitchens. In the bathroom, everyone loves to step out of the shower on a nice heated tile floor. In the kitchen, it is hard to resist the pleasure of walking around barefoot on a toasty floor while enjoying breakfast. Starting your morning routine with nice warm feet is a nice treat.

So how do you go about adding a heated tile floor to your home? First, get a quote online from manufacturers such as WarmlyYours (www.WarmlyYours.com) or Delta-Therm (www.Delta-Therm.com). Then, check with your tile contractor and electrician to get their installation quotes. Today, most contractors already have some experience installing heated tile floor systems and should be able to quickly give you a good price estimate. Typically, tile contractors will charge you an additional $1-$3 per square foot for installing the electric floor heating system, and the electrician about $100-$250 for final system hook up. Overall, a typical bathroom floor heating system will cost about $800 to $1,200 installed.

Want to know more about the installation? Only 1/8” thick, these systems install conveniently on top of your sub floor and turn any cold tile floor luxuriously warm. The heated tile floor system is embedded right in the thinset cement used to lay down your tiles. Lead wires run from the heated mat to a thermostat usually located in a gang box next to the light switch. An electric floor heating system is typically connected to a 15-amp dedicated circuit although this depends on the system’s total amperage. Larger family rooms or basements may require up to 30 amps. Most bathrooms require only 2-7 Amps. Overall, the installation of a heated tile floor is relatively easy and can be tackled by a skilled do-it-yourselfer. If you already know how to install a tile or stone floor, chances are you will have no difficultly installing your heated tile floor system at the same time. However, a licensed electrician is always recommended for final hook-up.