TILE Magazine showcases the latest innovations in radiant heating technology.
Flexbone® Heat Membrane from Ardex
The Flexbone® Heat Membrane from Ardex is a three-in-one (heating/uncoupling/waterproofing) in-floor heating system with a unique, thoughtful design for easier prefill, better heat conductivity and minimal memory. Flexbone Heat Cables are engineered for maximum energy efficiency, safety and ease of installation. Wider spacing and the ability to do long runs uses less cable and delivers faster warming with less energy usage. Three thermostat models are available, including a WiFi-enabled option. Flexbone complete system solutions are backed by a comprehensive warranty.
LevelQuik® RS Self-Leveling Underlayment from Custom Building Products
LevelQuik® RS Self-Leveling Underlayment from Custom Building Products flattens substrates to meet the stringent requirements of large-format tile and stone installations. These materials have a maximum allowable substrate variation of 1/8 inch in 10 inches and 1/16 inch in 24 inches. LevelQuik offers exceptional flow retention while consistent hydration delivers a smooth surface and superior crack resistance. A rapid-setting formula with high, early strength accepts tile in as little as four hours for fast-track projects. LevelQuik may be poured from a feather edge up to 1 1/2 inches per lift and can achieve an extra heavy duty service rating for high-impact commercial applications.
Strata_Heat™ from Laticrete
Laticrete offers the Strata_Heat™ electric radiant floor heating system, which includes the Strata_Heat Thermal Pack, a heat-conductive thinset additive that utilizes Thermal Diffusion Technology™. The technology uniformly distributes heat through the adhesive to eliminate cold spots and quickly achieve the desired floor temperature. The system also includes the Strata_Heat high-performance floor heating wire, uncoupling mat and Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. The advanced system transfers heat faster than standard floor heating products on the market to reduce energy costs and provide customers with the most customizable floor heating experience imaginable.
Decorative thermostat covers from Luxestat
Designers and homeowners can finally match the floor heat thermostat in their homes to their overall design scheme, instead of dealing with the drab, white plastic eyesore. Luxestat’s matte black and satin nickel decorative thermostat covers are made of .8-mm-thick steel with hand-polished and welded corners, so it perfectly matches the other metallic finishes found in your home. The covers are compatible with most vertical-oriented touchscreen floor heat thermostats such as Nuheat, Schluter and SunTouch.
Mapeheat products from MAPEI
MAPEI’s Mapeheat family offers comprehensive radiant floor heating solutions. This easy-to-install, versatile, advanced technology is suitable for use with tile and stone, luxury vinyl tile/plank and more. Components include the Mapeheat Membrane, Mapeheat Cable (available in 120 V and 240 V) and Mapeheat thermostats (available in three formats). MAPEI also offers free training to become a registered Mapeheat Pro Installer. Upon successful completion of training, receive benefits, including an installer registration number, a listing on MAPEI’s website and the ability to offer added warranty coverage.
Prodeso® Heat Grip XL System from Progress Profiles
Prodeso® Heat Grip XL System from Progress Profiles is the revolutionary electrical heating system for floors and coverings that provides warmth only where desired in few minutes; it’s a cost-effective, time- and energy-saving solution. The uncoupling and waterproofing polypropylene membrane is designed with rounded, square-shaped reliefs that hold the Prodeso Heat Grip Cable. The heating cable, with its new 6.5 mm diameter, is provided with many electrical resistors connected in parallel. In case of cable damage, only the involved resistor stops, not interrupting the heating transmission of the entire system.
The ultimate versatility in tile underlayment has arrived. Prova Flex-Heat® is a multi-functional tile underlayment featuring a deep-groove design suitable for multiple thicknesses of heating cables. The exclusive Vapor Management System and Shear Stress Control® system provide unsurpassed quality in anti-fracture and uncoupling that is designed to outperform the competition. Step onto a finished tiled floor and rest assured that the warmth and durability of the tile installation will last for years to come.
Ditra-Heat from Schluter-Systems
The luxury of floor warming can now extend right into tiled showers. Schluter-Systems’ Ditra-Heat Installation Handbook now includes a detail for installing and waterproofing Ditra-Heat on shower floors. By using a dedicated heating cable inside the shower area and completing required waterproofing steps using the Kerdi waterproofing system over the floor warming system, the shower floor can be warmed just like any other tiled floor. Installers should heed specific details around curbs, drains and corners. Approval must be verified by the appropriate local authority.
HPS ComfortSafe from Schönox
The Schönox HPS ComfortSafe radiant warmth and moisture reduction layer, designed for residential or commercial installations, is ideal for any floor where warmth and surface moisture reduction is desired. Each kit comes with an easy-install ComfortSafe mat and a step-by-step installation manual. Pair with any Schönox cement-based, synthetic gypsum-based or hybrid active-dry, technology-based self-leveler on various substrates. HPS ComfortSafe guarantees fast and direct surface heating of areas. It operates at maximum steady state temperatures for commercial installations by using a programmable power-timer on/off switch. Residential systems are controlled using a thermostat and floor sensors.
WarmWire from SunTouch
SunTouch WarmWire provides an easy, affordable underfloor heating solution to add warmth and comfort to any space. WarmWire is safe to use for installation over plywood, backerboard and concrete slabs. Available in various lengths and voltage options, WarmWire is easy to install and is easily controlled by SunTouch’s Connect Wi-Fi Thermostat with the Watts Hope App.
SmartServices for Radiant Heating from WarmlyYours
SmartServices for Radiant Heating from WarmlyYours. WarmlyYours knows that not everyone is an expert in electric floor heating, which is why they developed a line of services meant to ensure your next radiant heating project is a success. WarmlyYours offers a range of services, including options for before (project measuring), during (onsite installation or remote install supervision with a smartphone) and after (troubleshooting) your project. In addition to helping directly with your install, these services also allow the company’s Radiant Experts to help train you and your team to eventually become certified WarmlyYours installers.
PreLine from wedi
The wedi building panel PreLine is a fully prepared building board element for easy installation of hot water heating systems. Factory integrated recesses allow for quick and safe installation of water pipes, whilst strong insulation properties of the material itself prevent heat escaping to the ground, thus promoting a balanced heat distribution across the entire space. Adhesion of the wedi PreLine elements to the screed floor and backfilling of the pipe ducts is done very simply with the appropriate tile adhesive (recommendation: thinset mortar). It truly is the perfect element for quick and waterproof implementation of underfloor heating systems.