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petrucci 03-19-2007 02:51 PM

Best Bang for Buck bathroom heated floor
 
I am about to remodel my basement bathroom and I am going to tile both the walls and floor. Do any of you folks have any suggestions on a cheap but good heated floor solution for tile floors ??

Thanks in advance,
Eric

RippySkippy 03-20-2007 09:34 AM

I've not found that cheap and good necessarily go together....but there are many options ranging from hot water to low voltage elec. Is this an existing tile job or will it be new?

Personally, I'll be putting in NuHeat low voltage.

petrucci 03-20-2007 10:18 AM

It will be a new tile job and I would prefer to use low voltage. I definately dont want to go with a low quality solution but it seems that with just about any job there is one great budget product that works just about as well as the highend equipment.

JJC 03-20-2007 06:33 PM

Point of clarification RE: electric in floor heat. It is not low voltage. They are made either 110 or 220 volts. A low voltage system is the door bell.
The 110 volt system will only heat the floor for foot comfort, while the 220 volt can put out more.
Jim

petrucci 03-21-2007 10:58 AM

I see, I thought that there was some sort of transformer involved.

JJC 03-21-2007 05:03 PM

Nope, no transformer! The 220 volt system is just like electric baseboards.

Steven62 09-21-2007 03:48 PM

Low voltage electric floor heat
 
Actually there is a company that makes a low voltage system, that uses a bulky transformer. Im not sure what the advantage to that is, except if you were "off the grid", it would be easier to power with a DC supply....Possibly.
It is also very flat, being made of a carbon based plastic.
Cost to run would be about the same as the others as the transfromer would use the same wattage for the equivalent area.
It is called : "Step Warm Floor"
None of them are really "Cheap", as price per square foot ranges from a low of $6.00 a square foot, to over $16.00 per square foot. I would look for the features that meet your needs and price requirements, and buy from a reputable Company with a solid warranty and technical support.


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