Heated Bathroom Floors: The Pros and Cons

There’s no doubt that heated bathroom floors are a luxury more than a necessity. But they are a luxury you may be wanting when you must venture onto the cold tiles of the bathroom on a winter morning. Heated bathroom floors can not only make your bathroom more comfortable and appealing, but they can potentially contribute to more efficient heating for your bathroom as well. It’s hard to resist adding this bit of spa-luxury to your own bathroom at home. Here we look at the pros and cons of adding heated floors to your next bathroom remodel.

How Do Heated Bathroom Floors Work?

Creating heated bathroom floors involves installing a source of radiant heat underneath your bathroom’s flooring. The heat could be provided by either electric heating elements or hydronic heating, where heated water is distributed through tubes underneath the floor.

Wire mesh is installed under the floor’s finish layer and above the substrate. Heating cables or hot water tubes are then interlaced in these wires for support.

Heated floors work best with tile, stone, marble and concrete flooring as these flooring types can transmit and hold heat without being damaged. Hardwood, vinyl, and carpet don’t work well for heated floors as these materials insulate, rather than carry heat.

The heating tubes or cables provide low heat that slowly but effectively heats the floor. The temperature can be controlled by a thermostat for efficiency and comfort.

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Pros of Heated Bathroom Floors

  • Heated floors can be an efficient way to keep your feet warm, with stone, tile and concrete floors retaining their heat long after the thermostat is turned off. Because these materials conduct heat well, they can stay warm for longer, and even help to keep your whole bathroom warmer too.
  • Heated floors can help to reduce your reliance on space heating and HVAC, reducing your energy usage and costs
  • Radiant heated floors are discreet, offering spa-like comfort without the noise or space taken up by other heating devices.
  • Programmable and timed thermostats can keep your bathroom floors warm when you need them to be while saving energy when you’re not using the bathroom.
  • Heated floors are safe, and won’t overheat or burn feet.
  • Heated floors can add value to a home.
  • Typical electric heated floor systems can add approximately 3 – 7 k to the cost of an existing remodeling project where flooring is being removed and replaced.

Cons of Heated Bathroom Floors

  • Heated floors take a lot of work to install because the existing flooring needs to be removed and replaced. It’s best to take the opportunity to install heated flooring when you’re remodeling the bathroom.
  • Most heated flooring systems use electricity, which is more cost effective to install. Hydronic heating provides lower operating costs but a higher installation cost.
  • Repairing heated flooring can be difficult as it requires flooring to be removed to access the wires, tubes or cables.

Heated flooring can add a special luxury touch to your bathroom, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. A bathroom remodel provides the perfect opportunity to install heated flooring if it’s something you’ve been contemplating. Talk to us about revolutionizing your bathroom flooring in your next remodel.

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