You take a warm, relaxing shower. You turn off the water, step from the steam, and onto a frigid floor. That is probably not how you like to spend your mornings. Or your evenings. Or anytime for that matter.
Will heated floors make you love your bathroom more? Only if you enjoy toasty warm feet and can’t stand the feel of cold flooring after a nice shower.
When heat flooring first came out it was ghastly expensive and relatively unreliable. Unreliable in the fact that it didn’t typically heat the flor evenly. Rather, it created splotches of warmth, so that you had to hopscotch your way around the bathroom if you expected to stay on a warm zone.
Technology has progressed a lot since then. And we are happy for it.
There are four main types of heated floors:
- Radiant heat mats.
- Wire mesh.
- Hydronic radiant heat which involves running hot water through tubes under the floor.
- Radiant heat floors, which involves running hot air through tubes under the floor.
Today, the most common type of heated floors utilizes radiant heat. Powered by electricity, these floors can retain heat for a long period of time, even after they are turned off. This can help them be very efficient.
Additionally, this is a very discreet way to warm the floor. Often, you won’t even notice that the floor is turned on. Rather, you just won’t be shocked by the cold.
The main issue with radiant heat floors is that they are hard to retroactively install. If you are thinking about adding a heated floor to an existing bathroom, it is probably best to consider radiant heat mats. While this design doesn’t retain heat as well, the upfront cost can be substantially more affordable.