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Question DetailsAsked on 9/22/2014

Rebuild house with heated bathroom floors.

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Afraid your question is just too cryptic to answer - try reposting your question, and after you enter the subject like you did, there is a second box that gives you a good deal more room to detail what your situation is, or exactly what you are asking for help with.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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I'm not sure about your exact situation but we built 2 bathrooms from scratch in the last few years, and put in heated floors in both. In our case, we went with electric from thermosoft.


The heating mat, thermostat, extra floor sensor and gfi breaker (can be included in thermostat in some models) only cost $200 for a 7 square foot mat. A slightly larger mat is not much more money but we didn't need anything bigger for our space. A single dedicated 15 amp home run from a main or subpanel will power it, and you'll have nice warm tiles.


I setup ours for 94 degrees for an hour in the morning and then 80 degrees for the rest of the day (about Oct - April) - we live in PA. They work very well. The electric use is pretty minimal and the comfort of a warm tile floor is beyond our expectations.


Technically, you can embed the heated mat right into the thinset under the tile but I prefer to first cover the mat/wires with a thin layer of self-leveling cement (SLC). This will protect it from getting nicked by the trowel from the tile guy and it will provide a perfectly flat surface for laying tile to help ensure perfect lippage on your new tile bathroom floor. Unless you have a pretty big bathroom, you probably won't need more than 2-3 bags of SLC if you go that route - about $33 per bag.


Good luck and I hope this helps! Feel free to ask follow-up questions and provide more info.


J.

Answered 4 years ago by Jefferson




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