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Install a Heated Floor In Your Bathroom

Jul 18, 2008
One of the most popular bathroom design ideas is to install radiant floor heat. Do you wake up early in the morning only to be shocked at how cold the tile is on your bathroom floor? Most bathrooms have tile or some other cold hard surface and putting in radiant heat below the floor is something you can do that is not too expensive.

Many bathrooms have some sort of tile on the floor and one of the concerns of having a tiled bathroom floor is that people might think the tiles are cold to the feet and can be uncomfortable. While it is true that tile is cooler than many bathroom floor materials, it is really not that cold to the touch. If you think your bathroom tiled floor is too cold, installing radiant floor heat is the perfect solution.

Putting radiant floor heat in most average size bathrooms will cost somewhere between $400 and $800 dollars. You must consider, however, the value of your home will increase and any home with radiant heat floors will be easier to sell when that time comes. So few homes have radiant heat now days that it has become a real plus to have it.

There are two types of radiant heat that you can put under your bathroom floors. Electric is perhaps the cheapest and easiest method of radiant heat as it entails putting electric coils under the floor. These can be bought and come in patches which you can install or have a professional install. Electric radiant heat works just like the coils in your toaster. When electricity is run through the metal coils they heat up and in turn heat up your bathroom floor.

The second type of radiant heat floors is hydronic heat which involves putting pipes beneath your bathroom floor. The pipe then carries warm water through it which in turn heats the floor. This is more involved to install properly and anything with pipes and running water has some chance of leaking and having other complications.

There are many bathroom design ideas to consider and installing radiant heat floors is one of the ones you may be glad you did for years to come. Having heated floors in your bathroom is a luxury you will always be able to enjoy and once you have it installed you will forget how cold those bathroom floors once were!
About the Author
For more great bathroom ideas please visit my site Bathroom Design Ideas. For more information on radiant heat, please visit Radiant Floor Heat.
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