If you're remodeling your bathroom, you are going to enjoy the unique opportunity to have all the trendy bells and whistles installed. One hot trend is radiant heating under the floors. This luxury is quickly becoming a staple in many homes. Use this guide to understand the pros and cons of radiant heat before you decide whether you want this added expense.
Pro #1: Radiant Heat Works Under Many Floor Types
There are no special flooring types needed if you want heated floors. These units rest under your tile, laminate, hardwood or concrete flooring. But carpet is fabric, so it may not be a good idea to use radiant heat under it.
Pro# 2: Radiant Heat Lasts for Years
Some radiant heat units can last many years. In fact, you might enjoy your heated floors for the life of your home, or at least as long as you live in it.
Pro #3: Radiant Heat Stays Where You Need It
A furnace with vents near the floor forces warm air to the ceiling. Radiant heat coming from under the floor is not forced up. Instead, it flows smoothly through the area that you need heated, so the air near the ceiling remains cold while you and your family are nice and comfortable.
Con #1: Radiant Heat Takes a While to Heat Up
Radiant heat takes around an hour to heat up. So, if you need to get in and out of the bathroom quickly, you might not experience the luxury of a radiant heated floor as often as you want to.
Con #2: Radiant Heat Needs the Expertise of a Contractor
There is more to installing radiant heat than just laying out the tubes. You'll need a contractor to install it for you, because once they meticulously set the tubes and hook everything up, they'll pour a thin layer of concrete over the top, before the floor is set.
Con #3: Radiant Heat Can Be Expensive to Install
Radiant heat is priced by the square foot, so you can expect this to be an expensive addition to your bathroom remodel. Depending on the price of the flooring you install, expect to pay around $8 to $12 per square foot. The good news is that this cost typically includes professional installation.
Think about these pros and cons before you decide on radiant heated flooring for your bathroom. This is a decision that you should make before the contractors put down the floors. Ask your contractor for other ideas to upgrade your bathroom, while you have it ripped apart.
To learn more about bathroom renovations, contact a company like Apple Creek Homes & Renovations.