Bathroom floor tiles made from granite and marble can look amazing, but they will also become extremely cold during the winter months. Gorgeous as the tiles may be, standing bare feet on a granite tile in the middle of February will not feel that different to standing on a block of ice! Furthermore, your bathroom tiles will absorb heat quite readily, bringing down the bathroom’s temperature quite significantly as a result. Of course, that is exactly why underfloor heating exists and the following quick tips from experts will help readers maximise their own installations.
Invest in a Water-Based Underfloor Heating System
Hot water heating systems for bathroom floors are a costlier alternative in the short run, but not by much. On the other hand, water-based underfloor heating systems are a lot less power-hungry and provide better, uniform heating. Money saved in heating bills will more than make up for the extra cost of installing a hot water heating system under the floor.
Ensure Top Notch Insulation
Underfloor heating powered by hot water needs top notch insultation for the system to be safe, energy-efficient, and uniform. Prefabricated Wedi board sets are ideally designedand recessed to meet all those requirements and help you get the job done fast. In case you are not aware, the PreLine Wediboard is a prefabricated, completely insulated, and ready-to-use building board with integrated recesses. You can find the whole range of Wedi waterproofing and insulating products on the Just Wedi website linked above.
Design a Layout for the System in Proportion to YourBathroom’s Floorspace
Uneven heating post installation is a common problem when the bathroom floor has a somewhat irregular shape, but the installation does not account for it. A bit of trial and error might be necessary to get things right, but errors can be mitigated if you design an underfloor heating system layout specifically for the exact dimensions of your bathroom floor.
Also, keep the material and thickness of the tiles in mind. As previously mentioned, natural stone absorbs heat, which means bathroom floors with natural stone tiles will require more powerful heating systems. At the same time, the thicker a tile is, the more energy will be necessary for the underfloor heating system to do its job. If you are not using a water-based underfloor heating system, uniform heating can be even more difficult to attain. It’s not impossible of course, but water-based underfloor heating systems are a better option.
Smart heating is the ideal choice for any indoor heating system nowadays. Nevertheless, you can save a bit of cash by installing a smart thermostat separately. Do make sure that the system you are installing can support a smart thermostat installation beforehand. It will adjust and regulate power flow automatically to minimise electricity consumption without compromising on comfort.
Finally, do make sure that the subfloor can support your plan. If you are not sure about it, consult a professional for advice. This is especially important if you live in an apartment building and there’s a floor below you.