As we all know home improvements are a part of life. There is always something that can be touched up or redone. Home upgrades, however are a different breed. Renovating allows you the creative freedom to transform your space, while adding to your property value. More and more common to the renovating world is the addition of heated flooring. Electric heated flooring is easy to install and for the handy-person can be an attainable do-it-yourself home project.
Before you begin it is wise to consult a professional. Nearly any type of flooring can be heated, however there are differences between systems. Heating absorption can differ between carpeting, hardwood, stone and laminate flooring. You want to ensure you get the most out of your purchase.
Keep in mind, no matter your confidence; it is imperative to have a professional electrician sign off on your completed work.
The Basics
You will need to obtain a homeowners electrical permit before you begin.
With the help of another person it is possible to have this job completed in one day.
Expect to pay between $300 to $1500, depending on features, voltage, and area being covered.
Opting for energy efficient and eco-friendly flooring may cost extra, but their long-term savings are well worth the splurge.
Electric Flooring
A floor plan is usually designed for you at the time of purchase. Mats will also be cut to fit this plan.
Electric flooring can be purchased in most hardware and specialty stores. Options are plentiful so it’s wise to shop around to see which best suits your needs.
The pre-constructed grid-like structure of the mats ensures surfaces are heated evenly.
Electric heating is laid similar to regular flooring, and finished as an unnoticeable layer under your floor.
To complete this upgrade you will need job specific tools such as; Design Layout, Thermostat with Sensor Probe, Floor Warming Rolls, Digital Ohm Meter.
In addition, common to do-it-yourself projects you will also make use of; Scissors, Staple/ Glue Gun, Duct Tape, Acrylic/Latex modified Thinset Mortar, Self leveling cement (if needed), Flat Rubber Trowel, and ¼” or 3/8” Square Notched Trowel
Remember, taking the time to do it right will leave you with a finished project you will be proud of!