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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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Before we did three floor tiling projects in our current house reno I did a lot of research of “uncoupling membranes” and used the Schluter DITRA product. We have hydronic floor heat so electric heating was not required, but if it was I would have used DITRA-HEAT. It makes it simple to integrate the heating cables with the uncoupling membrane.

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