Affordable Do It Yourself Heated Floors

Affordable Do It Yourself Heated Floors

Best Affordable Heated Floor System

Do it yourself heated floors are amazing.

But are heated floors worth it?

Absolutely!! Especially on cold days.

This tutorials shares how to use Warming Systems, and why it’s the best affordable option.

Let’s dive in.

How Much Do Heated Floors Cost? 

Heated floors can be pricey. Warmly Yours estimated they cost $10 to $12 per square foot. That equates to roughly $1000 on the low end for a 10 square foot bathroom.

Typical systems consist of a mat, wire, or mat/wire system. In addition, a thermostat has to be ordered separately – that alone can cost over $200.

DITRA-HEAT is one of the most popular heated floor systems. It consists of a mat, wire, and thermostat. Installation can be done over wood or concrete using thin-set mortar. But it can be very expensive.

Some do it yourselfers don’t like the cost of DITRA-HEAT and that’s where Warming Systems can be a huge help.

Is Floor Heating Worth It?

Yes, if you live in a cold area.

Furthermore, Warming Systems made electric floor heating systems affordable for anyone.

The total cost for their 15 square foot system is under $200. That includes the

  • floor heating cable
  • cable guides
  • programmable touch screen thermostat
  • and installation monitor

And keep this in mind,

All programmable touch screen thermostats are basically the same.

Seriously, they’re made by the same company and private labeled by companies like Schluter.

Thus, Warming Systems is providing the same thermostat for a fraction of the price.

How to Plan Radiant Floors

Heated cables cannot be cut to size. Therefore it’s important to exclude certain areas.

For example, heat cables should be about 6” to 8” away from the wax seal on the toilet.

Also, cables should be 2″ from cabinets, walls and shower curbs.

Cables should be spaced 3″ apart across the heated area and cable guides should be run perpendicular to heating cables. In addition, spacing between cable guides should not exceed 36” in distance. Guides can be hot glued or attached to concrete using Tapcon screws.

The kit used in this tutorial can be used under ceramic/porcelain tile, stone, or brick by embedding in 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick mortar.

This heating system can also be used under engineered wood, vinyl, laminate or carpet by embedding the heating cables in 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick self-leveling mortar.

Warming Systems only recommends embedding their cables on concrete or cement board and using polymer modified cement based mortars.

Thermostat and Electrical Requirements

It’s recommended to have a licensed electrician connect the floor heating system. And that individual should comply with local electrical codes.

That’s an obligatory CYA that most systems have in the instructions. But it’s also super important to abide by with these kind of projects.

The thermostat should be located on an interior wall and mounted in a 4” square electrical box with a single gang mud ring.

Furthermore, thermostats should be located within reach of the heating system’s 10’ cold lead. The cold lead must be installed in ½” minimum conduit from the bottom plate to the electrical box.

For up to three cables or mats, install a ¾” conduit from the electrical box down to the floor for installation of the system’s power cold leads. Notch the bottom plate so the conduit can be accessed from the floor. The cold lead must be routed through conduit.

If you’re planning to install a heated floor and want to save money then watch our short video

What’s Next

Are you installing a heated tile floor as part of a bathroom remodel?

Check out Bathroom Repair Tutor, we have detailed tutorials and support inside our private Facebook Group.

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Jeff Patterson

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