Heated Tile Floors

Heated tile floor with cutaway, showing the embedded heat cable.

Ceramic tile, one of the most attractive flooring options, is also one of the most effective when it comes to installing a radiant floor heating system. Luxurious, efficient warmth combines with stunning looks to provide ideal form and function for your home. Install a heated tile floor and enjoy the subtle comfort of a silent, and very energy-efficient radiant heated floor.

Installing an electric heated tile floor is not a difficult task. While it’s important that the electrical work be done by a qualified electrician, any ambitious do-it-yourself homeowner can install the heat cable and tile flooring. Keep in mind that the most important aspect of a heated floor is that it is installed correctly. For general radiant floor heating tips and installation techniques, visit our "Installing Heated Floors" web page.

ComfortTile® floor heating cable is Warmzone's number one recommended radiant heating solution for warming tile floors. Heat cable can be purchased in individual lenngths off spools as well as in mats. The floor heating mats feature heat cable that is pre-spaced on an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh that can be rolled out for quick, easy and accurate installation. The mats heat an area 24-inches wide and are pre-terminated for use with 120 and 240 volts. They are available in a variety of lengths.

Tile Floors - A Natural Partner to Radiant Floor Heating Systems

The conductive properties of ceramic tile makes these floors well suited for radiant floor warming systems. The tile heats quickly, yet retains warmth for long periods, so the system is comfortable and energy efficient. The heating cable or mats can be installed on a variety of subfloors, including: plywood, concrete, pre-stressed concrete panels, crack isolation membrane or any floor surface compatible with the adhesive. The floor should be flat, smooth and free of protruding nails or screw heads that could potentially damage the cable. Depending on your subfloor, thinset or mortar is applied directly over the heat cable, followed by the installation of the tile.

Radiant Floor Heating Systems Recommended for Heating Tile Floors

ComfortTile floor heating system

COMFORTTILE® is Warmzone's most universally recommended floor heating system. The ComfortTile mats include a thin heating cable that is placed on a flexible fiberglass mesh backing with adhesive so it can be rolled out and then secured to the subfloor quickly and easily. This helps to save money by reducing installation time. The floor warming mats are pre-terminated for use with 120 and 240V, and are available in various lengths, heating an area 24-inches wide.

ComfortTile floor heating cable is just ⅛-inch in diameter, so very little floor build up is required. ComfortTile systems come complete with a GFCI protected thermostat and strapping to secure and properly space the heating cable. All sizes and adjustments of cable spacing and coverage can be made onsite. The twin-conductor heating cable is matched with premium materials, enabling the ComfortTile heat cable to provide superior floor heating performance and fast response times.

Prodeso floor heating membrane

The PRODESO® membrane with ComfortTile heat cable is an outstanding and efficient, cost-effective system for heating tile floors. The Prodeso Heat Membrane can be installed over the entire subfloor as an uncoupling, crack isolating and waterproofing membrane. The ComfortTile heat cable is easily installed and perfectly spaced in the channels of the patented membrane.

The Prodeso membrane is quick to lay out, which helps to reduce installation time and cost. After the membrane is laid out over the subfloor, the cable is installed and the floor surface can be immediately installed over the membrane and cable. The versatile membrane can be used on all types of indoor and outdoor applications. And the Prodeso system is safe under all conditions and weather, and is used to heat a wide variety of floor surfaces. It even waterproofs the substrate in the case of overlaying on cracked or imperfectly cured floors with a risk of vapor stress.

In-slab floor heating cable for concrete slabs

IN-SLAB™ heat cable is designed for installation in concrete slabs. The rugged cable features a super durable construction, allowing it to handle the stress of concrete pours. The In-Slab system has proven to offer one of the most affordable, and efficient means possible for heating concrete slabs. Virtually any type of flooring can then be installed on the concrete and heated by the system.

The heat cable is available in specified lengths as well as pre-spaced in mats that can be quickly and easily rolled out over the area that will be heated. The In-Slab cable is secured and then the concrete is poured. Ideally, the heat cable should be about 2-inches from the surface. The floor heating system is extremely versatile, and provides luxurious warmth for a wide variety of flooring.

For more information on the various types of radiant floor heating systems that are available, call 888.488.9276 and speak with a friendly radiant heat expert.