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Bathroom In Floor Heat

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I have done a good amount of remodeling, but this is the first time I will be installing in floor heat. I plan on covering the wires in self level concrete before I tile.

My question is: whether to go with the mat system or just go with the wire without the mat?

I have a pretty basic "L" layout that is approximately 40 sq ft with the electric coming out in the middle, back of the "L". What I am looking for is the simplest way even if more time consuming. I have Durock mortared and screwed to two layers of subfloor.

I am leaning to the wire over the mat. I question whether the mat will lay completely flat for pouring self leveler when you are cutting and turning. It seems to me that laying the wire with the grids is much simpler and you can space house you need to fit the space.

Any recommendations from people who have done this? I was looking at SunTouch. Any recommendations?

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Ditra would be the best system, but then you'd have wasted that Durock. Of course if you had asked earlier I would have told you to use Ditra instead of Durock anyway, even without using heat. (Modern uncoupling mats have basically made cementitious backerboards obsolete.) So of course it kills 2 (or 3) birds with one stone. At this point Ditra Heat might be too expensive for you.
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