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Re: heated floors

You can do this Kitty!
Last fall my mother had an addition put on.  Sort of
like a FR with mostly windows etc....One of the workers suggested this
underfloor heating mats.
If you head over to Menards, (as I would imagine
any DIY store would have it), they are just wire panels you lay on the
concrete which snap together to make any size you need.  Although they are not
'real' expensive, depending on the size of the room, it adds up!
Now they
did use some filler if you will, so the floor would be even as these cause it
to be raised maybe a 1/4 inch. Mortar comes to mind as I recall walking in
while they were doing it.
Hers is connected to a thermostat, so she can
control how warm the floor gets.
This is not designed to heat the room, as
she also has baseboard heaters for that....but no cold porcelain floor to step
I also learned while this was being built, that not everything is
'ceramic tile'..... ceramic only has the color on the top 1/8 (?) inch where
porcelain goes thru the depth of the tile.... so when it gets chipped, it
doesn't show.... something to think about as the cost difference of the two is

----- Original Message ----
From: Kitty
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006
12:47:49 PM
Subject: [CHAT] heated floors

Jim, I suppose you can sit this
one out ;+)
I'm thinking about redoing my family room (FR) next year.  The FR
is on a 
slab situated between the garage and Florida Room.  The rest of the
house is 
on a crawl, a few steps up from the FR.  FR has a good quality
berber carpet 
that looks like crap because it is a very high traffic area.  I
also have my 
5 tiered light stand in the FR and have spilled water and brown
liquid fertilizer on the carpet as well as hot choc when I stepped on
cat.  I'm thinking tile.

However, being on a slab, tile would really
make that room cold.  A friend 
mentioned heated tile and I thought  it
sounded like the tile might have 
electric wiring in them.  But today there
was an article in the paper about 
warm water tubing under tile for heating.
I've never seen heated tile 
advertised and I'm  wondering how expensive a
project this would be.

Do any of you have any heated-tile rooms?  Any
thoughts to share?

neIN, Zone 5
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