Friday, January 14, 2011

Heating up Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ceramic tiles are beautiful to look at and the fact that they are available in a variety of colours, textures and designs is any interior designer’s delight. Additionally, they can be installed in any room in the room with the same desirable effect. However, they are known to be very cold underfoot and especially in cold seasons. To counter this undesirable feature, most home owners put area rugs and carpets on top of tiles, which more often than not hides their beauty and translates to an added expense in terms of flooring. Their being very cold is due to the fact that they conduct heat very well, which is a feature that can be used to reverse the cold effect by installing heating mats underneath the tiles. The heating device can then be controlled by a thermostat.

Installing a Floor Heating Pad

Usually the heating pad comes in different rectangular shapes that are pre-cut and cannot be resized. It is therefore important to know the exact measurements of floor space that needs to be heated and to get a pad that is slightly smaller than this. The measurements also help to determine the number of tiles needed. It is prudent to get up to fifteen percent more tiles than the exact dimensions to compensate for broken ones and those that will be cut.

The heating mat should be laid on the floor before tiles are installed being careful to not damage the wires that connect it to the thermostat. The edge that contains these wires should be laid next to the wall with the thermostat outlet. The tiles should then be laid in the usual way. The thermostat should be tested before the cement and grout set and switched off for about a month to allow the cement and grout to harden and cure completely.

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