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dmc67 06-12-2008 09:27 AM

Radiant Floor Heating
 
Hello everybody,

I'm considering installing radiant heating under my bathroom tiles and I narrowed my options down to 3 manufacturers: Easy Warm Floors, Watts and Warmzone. Any experience with any of them?

Thank you,

D

angus242 06-12-2008 10:07 AM

Since you mention electrically heated floors in the bathroom, are you aware of the extra steps necessary before tiling? What about electrical requirements? Most of the time, you need to run a separate circuit for the radiant.

Mats are easier to install than wires. Low voltage is preferred to line. There is no one correct answer.

Good luck

Steven62 06-12-2008 11:51 AM

Shop around, compare prices, features and warranty. If you want the low down on electric floor warming, give Watts Radiant a call at 888-432-8932:thumbsup:

dmc67 06-12-2008 12:53 PM

radiant floor heating
 
Thank you both for your replies.

I did take into consideration (hopefully) all it takes to have the electric floor heating installed and it will run on a dedicated circuit.

Angus242, why do you think low voltage is prefered to line?

I am curious to see if anyone had experience with Easy Warm Floor; I read good reviews about Watts and Warmzone, but can't find anything on Easy Warm Floor.

warmsmeallup 06-12-2008 01:44 PM

Both line voltage mats and low voltage wires will give you the same results. The benefits to low voltage are:
  • The ease of repair (if needed)
  • The fact that if you have an area like a shower seat that you want to heat, low voltage can be cut and spliced in the field (with the optional splice kit).
  • The low voltage element is a single wire that you shape to the room, so it's more time to install but you fit it to the room with no cold spots.
  • Low voltage also carries a much longer warranty.
Back to the repairability issues; if you break a line voltage wire and can find the break and can repair it, you usually loose the warranty. With low voltage, you maintain the warranty if you use their repair kit. It's also a simple repair with a butt splice and some heat shrink.

Don't think that break issues don't apply to you. All the other people with line voltage systems that no longer work thought the same thing. It can happen.

angus242 06-12-2008 02:03 PM

I wasn't saying that mats AND low voltage together are best. I was bringing up 2 separate points:
1) Mats are easier to install than wires
2) Low voltage is preferred to line
I think warmsmeallup has summed it up. At this point, you just need to figure out what fits into your budget and what's realistic with your electrical constraints (if there are any).

Good luck.

poppameth 06-13-2008 06:53 AM

There is another one called Warm Tiles that my best ceramic installer recommends about all else. He doesn't like the Mat systems, though Warm Tiles does make one. The coil system runs tracks on the floor and you lace your coil through it as you go. He claims the mats are too difficult to lay out the way your really need them and are a pain to keep from breaking the element.

Bud Cline 06-14-2008 11:56 AM

Let us not mislead anyone.......

Mats can be layed to suit any configuration.
The elements don't break and there is no way you can break them.:)

poppameth 06-14-2008 10:29 PM

Maybe Warmly Yours is made different than other mats. They have a plethora of warnings about breaking their element.


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