Questions To Ask When Considering Heated Floors

Most people take a trip to the spa because they need to relax. What if you could make the bathroom in your home a little more "spa-like"? With the installation of heated floors, you may be able to do just that. Naturally, it may be helpful to learn a little more about heated floors before making a decision.

Will The Floor Get Too Hot?

The short answer is no. The design of heated radiant flooring units will provide the correct or pleasurable amount of heat your family can enjoy. You can add the same system to the ceilings of walls for a full effect and as a supplemental heating source.

How Long Will The Heated Floor Tubing Last?

The tubing used for the flooring units are composed of high-grade polyethylene. Most manufacturers believe the materials used will last at least one hundred years or more.

What Type of Heated Floor Option Do You Have To Choose From?

Liquid or Hydronic Systems: Hydronic systems are popular for the entire house. The water is heated by a boiler and delivered through flexible plastic tubing (PEX) beneath the floor and can reach between 100 and 120 degrees. You can use a gas-fired or oil-fired boiler to heat the water as well as a gas, kerosene, or a solar water heating unit.

Electric Radiant Flooring: The electric heated flooring uses electric cables that are built into the floor, similar to a toaster. The tubing is a thin material of approximately 3mm. The flooring is less costly if a concrete floor is used as the base. Noise levels are reduced with electric units, and you will also have less dust flying around to trigger allergies.

 You can choose from various underlayment sheets, controls, and accessories. Several floor surfaces can be found including carpet, hardwood, and stone. The electric unit is excellent for a one-room area such as a bathroom.

Air-Heated Floors: The air system is not cost-effective for a residential setting because air can't hold huge amounts of heat. During the day the system can be combined with solar air heating units. It is more economical to use a conventional furnace to pump air through the flooring at night.

At least, one of these options should be suitable for your consideration of owning a heated floor. The process can be daunting and might require the assistance of professional custom home builders, like those at Cornerstone Contracting. However, you will enjoy the results for many years to come.