Why Choose Under Tile Heating?
Last Updated Aug 18, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Are you tired of stepping onto stark, cold tiled floors in the morning? Warm things up by installing an under tile heating system. Here’s everything you need to know!
What is Under Tile Heating?
Under tile heating is a type of under floor heating system that is specifically designed to be laid underneath tiles. It is made up of ultra thin heating elements that are laid on top of the concrete or subfloor but underneath the mesh in the tile adhesive. The heating system itself is made up of a series of insulated conductors, that heat up to deliver heat through the tiles into the room above. The conductors are laid an even distance apart and laid in strips, so that there are no hot or cold spots in the floor, just even heat. Under tile heating systems should always be connected to an RCD protected circuit.
There are different types of under tile heating that you can choose from. An in slab system is where the wires are laid within the concrete slab itself during construction and then the tiles are laid on top. An in screed system is where the wires are laid within a thin layer of concrete on top of the existing slab. An under tile system, as previously mentioned, is laid directly underneath the tiles on top of the slab.
Benefits of Under Tile Heating
The primary benefit of an under tile heating system is the gentle, even heat that it produces. The floor is nice and warm underfoot (a godsend to anyone that has ever felt the chill of tiles in winter!), and the heat radiates from the floor into the room. Under tile heating systems have no fans or other elements so they are ideal for allergy sufferers, and they are incredibly low maintenance as there are few components that can be damaged. Under tile heating is also one of the most energy efficient types of heating available for the home. Because the under tile heating system is so thin, it can be safely and easily installed under tiles without there being an appreciable effect on the floor levels. What this means is that you don’t have to worry about the floor being higher with the heating system installed, which can pose problems with skirtings or how well doors open and close. You also don’t have to worry if you have it installed in bathrooms or other wet areas as the heating system is guaranteed to be safe. Indeed, you can install under tile heating wherever you want – in bathrooms, in kitchens, in bedrooms, or in living areas!
Installing Under Tile Heating
Under tile heating can be installed by a professional installer or by an electrician, depending on your preferences. It is just important to ensure that your installer is appropriately qualified, licensed, and insured, and of course you want to make sure that they are familiar with working with different types of under tile heating! The installation cost may be included in the cost of supplying the heating itself or it may be a separate charge – you will need to ascertain this for yourself.
If you'd like to learn more about how under tile heating systems work, speak to a heating systems
supplier near you.