Tiles for the bathroom, warm and pleasant!

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Imagine stepping out of a hot shower, extending your foot beyond the shower tray and placing it on the floor tiles. But instead of a poignant, uncomfortable chill, you feel warmth coming from the depths of the floor, gently warming your foot and prolonging the fantastic feeling of a hot shower or bath. Is this just an unrealistic fantasy? No, it can already be a reality. Meet the bathroom tiles that heat. All thanks to electric heating mats!

Why is a heating mat under floor tiles so convenient?

When you enter the bathroom before taking a bath, it may seem to be evenly heated and the floor temperature matches the air temperature. Nevertheless, as soon as you step out of the bath, you may feel a strong chill coming from the floor. Where does this come from? Floor tiles for the bathroom are characterized by very good thermal conductivity. As a result, they quickly dissipate heat from the foot, which creates the illusion of coolness.

The sensation is stronger the lower the temperature of the ceramic itself. In classical heating systems with a radiator, the heat generated rises upward. This means that the highest temperature in the room occurs at the ceiling, and the lowest at the floor itself. Therefore, the described cooling effect is even stronger.

With underfloor heating, the temperature is distributed differently. This is because the heat source is the screed directly under the tiles. They are the ones that heat the air, which slowly rises upwards. Therefore, in this case, the highest temperature will be right on the floor, providing optimal conditions for the feet. Although you may still feel a chill after a hot bath in contact with the stoneware on the floor, it will be much less severe than with standard heating systems.

What type of tiles to choose for your bathroom?

Mata grzewcza 1 m² w łazience.
Heating mat 1 m² in the bathroom.

The bathroom can be finished in various ways. The most common for this purpose are such materials as:

  • Ceramic floor tiles are very popular, which is mainly due to their versatility. High durability allows the use of ceramic floors in a variety of rooms – in addition to bathrooms, these will include kitchens or hallways. Easy installation is also an advantage. Also in the case of underfloor heating, which can be sunk directly into the adhesive for tile installation.
  • Porcelain floor tiles visually resemble expensive natural stones, which is sure to catch the eye of many customers. It is also a versatile solution, found not only in bathrooms. They can also be installed outdoors, as it is a frost-resistant material.
  • Glass floor tiles are an uncommon design for the entire bathroom. However, unusual aesthetics is not the only advantage of glass bathroom tiles. They are resistant to various types of dirt, making them very easy to keep clean. Unfortunately, it is worse with their mechanical properties – chipping is very visible.
  • Cement floor tiles appeared on the market in the 19th century, but are now experiencing their second youth. Their high porosity makes it necessary to impregnate them frequently. They are also not characterized by high durability. That’s why they work best as an addition in low-traffic areas.
  • Marble floor slabs, often of considerable size, are not cheap solutions. However, their appearance fully rewards the costs incurred. Natural stone is also characterized by excellent mechanical properties, and over time it becomes even more aesthetically pleasing. However, beware of stains and discoloration, which can be very difficult to remove.
  • Mosaic tiles for the bathroom. The abundance of shapes, sizes, styles and colors is particularly evident here. They can be used to build a beautiful floor, but more often they can be found on the walls, mainly as accents to highlight certain places in the bathroom (for example, a mosaic tile arranged around a mirror).
  • Granite floor slabs, like those made of marble, are equally durable and beautiful, mainly because of the naturally occurring patterns and stains on them. Their price is generally slightly lower than marble, but it is still one of the more expensive bathroom solutions.
  • Limestone floor tiles are the cheapest alternative among natural stones. They are mainly suitable for rustic and industrial styles. The natural look of such a bathroom can somewhat resemble ancient architecture.
  • Travertine floor tiles are not as commonly used, but they are an interesting replacement for limestone floors. The beautiful natural shades are full of grays, browns and beiges, arranged in naturally occurring spots and patterns. This is another example of a stone bathroom floor with good mechanical properties, but also susceptibility to staining.
  • Microcement bathroom floors, which are waterproof, make it very easy to keep the bathroom tidy. Interesting are 3D patterns, imitating the appearance of water or stones.

The feature that unites all the listed bathroom solutions is excellent cooperation with electric underfloor heating. Ceramic and porcelain tiles easily conduct heat, accelerating its spread throughout the room. Stone floors, on the other hand, provide an additional heat accumulator and are often used as storage heating. They provide stable temperature values in bathrooms and other rooms.

Highest comfort – bathroom tiles that warm.

Modern tiles for the bathroom are not only aesthetics at the highest level, but, above all, functionality and convenience. Therefore, it is worth betting on solutions that provide a nice family warmth – especially in the bathroom. How to achieve this? Check out how and where to install heating mats!

What type of heating mat will be best?

Heating mat for the bathroom

The key is to choose the right electric-powered heating mat. To the best of my knowledge over the years, the best choice is QuickNet-160 by nVent RAYCHEM. Why do I always recommend it?

  • It provides up to 160 W/m², which is enough to heat a well-insulated room when laid over 2/3 of the floor area. This is very important for small bathrooms, where the small area of the mat must heat a fairly large volume of air.
  • Beneficial warranty, also covers repair of the system stuck in the floor.
  • Completely safe solution. The method of installation in the glue or spout under the tiles allows QuickNet mat to be used also in shower cabins (walk-in type), spa rooms and other wet areas.
  • High durability combined with a properly executed installation guarantees a lifetime of decades.
  • The mats are very easy to install. Just lay them on the ground so that they do not overlap and are not under a permanent structure.
  • It is completely safe for all, typical bathroom floor tiles. For laminate or wood floors, use a mat with a slightly lower wattage.
  • The mats are sold in rectangular pieces 0.5 meters wide and from 2 to 20 meters long.

QuickNet-160 heating mat is the most popular solution for bathrooms around the world.

Small or unusually shaped bathroom?

Small bathroom with electric heating

In small and non-standard bathrooms with fixed built-ins or partitions, it can be very difficult to lay a mat. In this case, it is worth using a heating cable nVent RAYCHEM T2Black-12. By determining the distance between successive cables, you can determine the exact heating power. In this way, it is easier to fill the entire floor space to maximize the floor heating area and provide enough heat in the bathroom.

Warm shower from head to toe? Yes, thanks to the heated floor tiles!

Walk-in shower enclosures are becoming an undeniable trend in recent years. They have no shower tray, which increases usable height and makes cleaning easier. An additional advantage is that they can be equipped with heated tiles.

Is it completely safe? The design of the QuickNet heating mat and the way it is installed ensure that such a solution is completely waterproof. So there is no risk of electrocution. The only danger for the user of such a system is being drawn in by a pleasant warm shower and forgetting yourself for hours.

Not just floor tiles – another use for a heating mat.

Wall heating mat

Electric floor heating can also be used in another interesting way. Namely by placing them in the wall. After all, tiles for the bathroom that heat can just as well be installed vertically. Why is this such a good idea?

  • Additional heating surface, especially in small bathrooms, can be at a premium. It makes it easier to heat the entire room faster, as well as maintain a higher temperature inside.
  • Wiping yourself after a bath, you can lean against the wall, feeling the pleasant warmth flowing through your body. Ensure maximum comfort in the bathroom.
  • A section of the heating mat, hidden in the wall, can act as an invisible bathroom radiator. Aesthetically, this is an excellent solution, and at the same time allows you to dry towels hung nearby.
  • Additional wall heating can be combined with mats laid on the floor, acting as a single heating system, or have a separate thermostat and operate completely independently of the underfloor heating.

Just be sure not to place any furniture or other items where the mat is installed in the wall.

Floor tiles that cost a lot?

Many floor heating mats come with a “lifetime warranty” or a very long manufacturer’s warranty. This sounds great, but in practice, does such assurance protect against failure? Of course, after all, in certain situations the system may stop working. Then you call the manufacturer, and the manufacturer, according to the terms, sends a new heating mat. And that would be it. And what about replacing the damaged component? Disassembling the floor, scraping off the adhesive layer and screed? Installing a new mat and redoing the floor and all current installations? That remains a consideration!

This does not apply to QuickNet heating mats and T2Black or T2Blue heating cables from manufacturer nVent RAYCHEM. The warranty is limited to 12 years or 20 years if the installation is done by a PRO RAYCHEM installer, but during this time the manufacturer provides more than just new parts. The manufacturer declares to locate damage and repair the heating system stuck in the floor, as well as restore the floor to its original appearance.

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