Let talk electric under floor heat… in a ceramic tile floor
bathroom. I want to go over an existing tile bath floor. Renew
a 50 yr old mud base, with a new ceramic tile. I was going to
use thinset and set tile. Has any one used these electric mats?
Looks like it will not add much thickness to the job. I wonder
why home centers (HD or Lowes) don’t sell it. Do you think it
will corrode? The thermostat seems to be the most expensive
part of the job… any alternatives?
These are some sites I found…
http://www.warmlyyours.com , http://www.warmzone.com ,
I installed a warm tiles system. I like it now, but it was a little
troublesome to install. The warm tiles system I used was the "loose"
wire that is placed in a custom grid, great for odd bathroom layouts.
I looked at other systems that came in prefabricated mats, I think
those may be a little easier to work with. If I remember, the warm
tiles system was the lower cost option of the systems that i looked at.
The warm tiles system used coated wire which (I hope) will prevent
Yes the stat was a little pricey, but it is programmable and I like the
way it works. I don't think you need to use their stat, maybe their
web site has a pdf with installation instructions that discusses
On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 05:40:24 GMT, TP
I helped my niece install a couple of these last year, she bought them
at Menards I believe. The recommended method for "amateur" installers
was to put it down, put thinset over it to level it out, wait a day,
then lay the tile like normal. However, their comment was that the
"pros" would just do it all at once and vary the thinset thickness to
handle the heater wire diameter. I would recommend the first way
personally even though we did it the "pro" way. Major PITA,
especially in the kitchen where she only wanted the stuff in front of
the cabinets and not out in the middle of the floor. She says it's
nice now but it was UGLY during the install trying to get all the
tiles level and even.
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