Due to the fact that it is prohibited and dangerous to use a heated floor in apartments of multi-story buildings, today we’ll talk about an electric heated floor. There are situations when it is necessary to warm the room (balcony or loggia) or just make the contact of the feet with the floor more comfortable and pleasant (heating tiles, porcelain tiles or the floor in the nursery). For both cases, the best solution would be electric underfloor heating.
There are three main types of underfloor heating: Film, mat with a thin cable, just a cable.
Film underfloor heating is used exclusively for hard “floating” coatings – laminate. Its advantages are ease of installation and easy replacement. It simply spreads between the base of the floor and the laminate. The disadvantages of price are higher than other options.
The floor heating mat is specially made for tiles and porcelain tiles, the cable is thinner than the 3rd option, so it can be mounted directly in the tile adhesive when laying the tiles. Due to the fact that it is sold immediately on the substrate, it is easier to mount it than the 3rd option, the cable is thinner.
The third type of underfloor heating is just a cable – it is universal for all types of floor coverings because it is mounted in a screed. He has the lowest cost. Of the minuses, the complexity of installation and the fact that it needs to be installed at an early stage of screed installation.
For ease of digestion, I will give you a cheat sheet: For a laminate and a floating parquet board – a film heat-insulated floor. For tiles and porcelain tiles – underfloor heating in mats. For linoleum, vinyl quartz, engineering board, carpet, etc. – Warm floor in coils of cable laid in the screed.
Our company almost always uses a heat-insulated floor and temperature regulators of the Danish brand Devi. Heating power is required at least 150W / m2.