Self-Leveling Cement & Radiant Heat Flooring
When installing electric radiant heated flooring, you will find that every manufacturer has slightly differing recommendations in their installation guidelines. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations for installing the wires or mats is important. Following their guidelines for installing tile directly over these mats generally leads to frustration and in many cases an installation that has an inferior finish due to trying to set over a surface that is not flat, and sometimes one that has sensors that are thicker than the thinset bed you are trying to set tile into.
As a professional installer, I have found that installing the electric heat and following this with a Pour of Self Leveling Cement to a thickness of ? – ½” provides an excellent flat surface for tile installation and additional mass to retain heat. Once poured it also protects the Heating System from damage while setting tile.
The following method is what I… what my company, Tilewerks, uses: Read More
Todd Groettum has been in the tile trade for over 25 years. He’s located in Warba, MN under the business name Tilewerks. Todd does mostly commercial and high end residential work, and with too little time left over, Todd still manages to participate on flooring forums, helping other professionals and the DIYer too. Tile Guy Todd joined TFP in July 2006 and has been a valuable asset to our members and visitors.