Underfloor heating isn’t a standard feature of bathrooms, and so most people aren’t sure whether it is worth the trouble and cost of installing it. Nobody likes the feeling of an icy cold floor first thing in the morning, or when you have just gotten out of a hot shower or bath. Underfloor heating can help avoid this and can be a welcome addition to any house that cools down drastically in the winter.
Most tiled floors are magnets for the cold, once the temperature drops in the mornings or overnight the bathroom and its tiles are often the first noticeable part of the house that become affected by the change. Furthermore, radiators are often not enough to heat up the whole room. They may heat the area directly around the radiator, but this heat will not travel far. Underfloor heating, on the other hand, produces heat from underneath the tiles and heats the floor evenly.
Is it Difficult or Expensive to Install?
Lots of people are put off of underfloor heating because of the initial cost of installation. However, since underfloor heating gives out the same heat as radiator, at a lower temperature running costs are often cheaper in the long run. Additionally, in most cases underfloor heating is something you only have to install once.
It is best to install underfloor heating when you are already renovating or installing a new designer bathroom. As you will most likely be pulling the tiles up anyway, you can easily install the heating before laying new tiles on top.
What Else Should You Know Before Installing?
Underfloor heating has a range of other benefits, it can create space in small bathrooms by removing the need for radiators. Additionally, the appearance of a radiator may not go with your designer bathroom, so underfloor heating provides an invisible source of heat that allows you to keep your desired bathroom aesthetic.
You should be aware that underfloor heating is not suitable for all floors, for hard floors like stone, ceramic, slate and terracotta underfloor heating is great. The thickness of the tile will determine how quickly the room heats up. Underfloor heating may be appropriate if you have vinyl or laminate floor in your bathroom, but not all laminates are suitable. It is a good idea to check with the flooring manufacturer.