Once seen as a luxury for the home bathroom floor heating is now a common instalment in many modern bathroom floor renovations. This is largely attributed to the shared dislike linked with the experience of stepping on a bitingly cold bathroom floor after a nice warm bath or shower, at the beginning or end of the day. It is hard to find anyone who enjoys starting their day getting out of a nice warm bed to enter a freezing cold bathroom, and the same goes for the end of the day, a time when most people want to relax and unwind. It is for this very reason why bathroom floor heat has become so sought after by homeowners and, as a result, is now seen as a normal inclusion to the home.
A method some homeowners use to bypass and avoid the unfriendly impact of a cold floor is placing bathmats or wearing slippers while they are in the bathroom. The problem with this approach is that most floor surfaces that are quick to get cold are normally also very slippery to walk on. This is especially true in the bathroom where water usually splashes on the floor. A better solution to this would be to apply in floor heating beneath the surface of the bathroom floor. Through the process of evaporation, this flooring system removes water spillages more rapidly and prevents common slips, trips or falls from occurring. If it is just a short term solution to warmth you are looking for in a particular area of your bathroom, such as beside the bath, shower or next to the sink, then a heated floor mat may be a good alternative option to consider. These waterproof mats offer on the spot heat to the feet and grip slippery floor coverings, such as tile, very well wherever they are placed. They are also portable, meaning they can be used anywhere there is an electrical outlet within reach. It should be noted, however, that between the two a floor heat installation would be a much better choice in terms of increasing the value of your home.
The best way to describe bathroom floor heating is as a method that prevents and eliminates cold floors and therefore the discomforts associated with them. It is especially suited for bathrooms with floor coverings made from tile, one of the coldest flooring materials in the home, but can also be used to warm other types of flooring, such as porcelain, slate, ceramic, stone, marble, granite as well as hardwood and carpet. In terms of remodelling your home, this type of heating can be implemented very easily and at an affordable price too. However, as with most home renovations this is better seen as a long term investment which will pay great dividends when it comes to selling your home.
This is because, as well as providing you with luxurious warmth and comfort as and when you need it, a heated bathroom floor will also contribute to the increase of the value of your home. Add this to a one time installation fee, zero cost of maintenance and minimum requirement for repair and you will surely see why bathroom floor heat is worthy of much consideration.
Floor heating systems have been around for close to a century now, so it is likely you will come across a wide variety of floor heating solutions on your journey to find the right one. Before beginning your search for a floor heating system, there are several things that you should take into consideration. The first is, setting yourself a budget. You do not want to spend an extortionate amount of money heating up your bathroom floor, simply because you do not have to. There are lots of affordable deals available from numerous suppliers and fitters. The price of an electric radiant floor heating system on average ranges from $400 to $700, which includes the cost of installation. The important thing to bare in mind here is that this system consumes very little electricity and that the long-term benefits associated with it surpasses and outweighs all start-up costs. Secondly, you should take into consideration the thickness of your bathroom’s floor. Tiles, marble and stone are great heat conductors, but nevertheless, the thicker these coverings are, the longer time it will take for the system to fully heat them up.
It is also recommended you familiarise yourself with the types of systems available. The first of these is the radiant heat system, which uses hot water, steam pipes or electric resistance coils to warm up the floor of your bathroom. Radiant floor heating systems can be installed relatively easy and, as explained before, are also quite affordable. As they produce very little pollution and use small amounts of energy, these systems are generally one of the most environmentally-friendly heating solutions for the bathroom, which makes them particularly useful in homes set under strict building codes.
There are many radiant heat systems on the market. Of these, the open direct system is seen as the most cost-effective since it utilises the same water source used for bathing, washing up and laundry. Moreover, this system can also be powered by a whole host of efficient energy sources such as solar energy, geothermal energy and gas. This differs from the closed system, which simply heats the bathroom floor when the hot water pump is turned on by a thermostat. This action sends hot water from the boiler to the tubes placed beneath the floor. There are also some bathroom floor heating systems that use electricity to generate heat. These solutions, depending on the size of your bathroom, can be operated using kits between 120 V and 240 V. As the names suggests, electric underfloor heat uses a network of wires or cables built in the floor to warm up your bathroom.
Certainly one of the greatest perks concerning bathroom floor heating is that it requires no structural change to be made to your home. Your bathroom can look just the way it had done before, only this time, with spa-like luxury right in the comfort of your very home.