So, you’re remodeling your bathroom. Besides that custom shower you’ve always dreamed of, new cabinetry and countertops, who wouldn’t want to also add a nice warm tile floor for added comfort on cold winter days?
We’ve installed a number of tile floor heating systems over the years, but in the last couple of years, we have settled on the Ditra in-floor heat system by Schluter. These systems are available in 120-volt or 240-volt configurations, making them easily adaptable to your particular remodel project. The floor heating systems are installed by your tile-setter during flooring installation. One major advantage over other systems is the integration of the system with Ditra’s floor uncoupling membrane. This membrane greatly reduces the potential for cracked tile and grout by “de-coupling” the floor assembly from the subfloor. Besides this obvious benefit, the heating cables are less likely to be damaged during installation than with other systems.
^^ Ditra in-floor heat system by Schluter installed during home bathroom remodel. ^^
They come with an in-floor temperature sensor and a digital, programmable thermostat which allow you to choose the time that your floor will be warmed, saving you energy at night. While you can easily keep your tile floors 80 or 90 degrees, you should keep in mind that these systems only heat the flooring, and are not a substitute for a heating system that keeps the entire room warm. If your bathroom doesn’t already have an ambient heat source, you can consider installing a Heat-Vent-Light combination unit in the ceiling.
It’s important to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for installation since the heating cables and temperature sensor will become an integral part of your floor during installation. One such consideration you can see in the accompanying pictures is the need to stay far enough away from toilets in order to avoid melting the wax ring seal. It’s also important to test the cabling both before and after installation to be sure it’s not damaged.
^^ Ditra in-floor heat system by Schluter installed during new home bathroom construction. ^^
If you’re planning a bathroom remodel and don’t already have a primary in-floor heating system, this is a great way to add comfort and value to your home.