In this issue, we dive into two popular topics in the industry, radiant floor heating and self-leveling underlayments (SLUs). Both categories have seen a lot of growth and evolution since their introductions many years ago.

We put together a selection of the latest radiant heating products and SLUs. Through two detailed product showcases, learn more about what systems can be utilized to heat tiled floors, as well as the newest SLUs available on the market.

Also, don’t forget to check our technical focuses, which take an in-depth look at this issue’s two topics. Julia Billen, owner of WarmlyYours Radiant Heating, discusses the different types of electric floor heating products and which are best-suited for certain tile installations, while Jason Spangler of Wagner Meters explains the importance of moisture testing prior to any radiant heating installation.

On the SLU front, Jim Whitfield, director of technical services at MAPEI, talks about the importance of SLUs in today’s ceramic tile installations, detailing the current ASTM standards, as well as a new standard from the Materials and Methods Standard Association (MMSA) that will soon lend even more guidance to professionals; and Andre Eisenmann, marketing coordinator and product engineer for the interior finishing division at Sika USA, advises professionals what to look for when choosing a SLU.