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Bathroom flooring with underfloor heating

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by mummysailor, 12 Mar 2010.

  1. mummysailor

    mummysailor

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    I have a 60's house & am creating 2 new bathrooms from the former one, one ensuite for myself & another for my children aged 8 & 10 (& still very splashy!). My builder has suggested foil underfloor heating under laminate & I have bought it. However, I rang the manufacturer to double check & they advise against using any of their products in a bathroom under laminate. I have no other natural heating in the bathroom due to having a single pipe system struggling to feed to this area. Joists are firm but can tend to flex a little when my children galavant around, more especially when their friends do too!

    What would you do for flooring, bearing in mind I am trying to bring in underfloor heating to make the bathrooms pleasant places to be & not too cold.
     
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  3. mac391

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    You could maybe exchange your foil heating for a 3mm cable system.

    It's slighty more expensive to prepare as the sub-floor needs insulation in the form of cement backing boards. The cable is then laid on the boards and covered with a 4/5mm screed. It is then ready to recieve any flooring type you like.

    The backing boards do 2 things, insulate the floor keeping running costs down and heat the floor up quicker. They also add strength to the sub-floor allowing you to lay, tiles, wood , laminate etc.

    Don't think a laminate would last long in a bathroom though, even the so-called "waterproof" laminates. There's no such thing!!

    Just advice but, ceramic tiles would be best or karndean vinyl.
     
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