Never step on the cold floor ever again!
When it comes to replacing your old floors with heated floor system you should expect the following aspects that may be required to complete your proper heated floor installation. It may sound easier said than done to many people who do not understand how the heated flooring works. Below we try to explain the process of the installation of the heated floor system. Please keep in mind, the older the house the harder it is to locate and run the electrical wires to the electrical panel due to structure of the building and the materials used during building stages of the house or additions (for example if your walls are concrete or center block bases it will be harder to run the wire for thermostat in your wall and all the way to the basement where electrical panel is usually located. You will be advised of the difficulties during your estimation to give you a better idea on the time and cost for your specific project.)
Main Level or Upper Level Heated Floors
If you have an existing linoleum, vinyl tiles or any other tiles that usually are being installed over glue or mortar there are a few extra steps in preparation required.
New tiles and Ditra membrane have to be installed on the new and leveled plywood sub-floor. Once your old tiles are removed it is nearly impossible to remove the remaining mortar from the original sub-floor. In this case your old sub-floor will have to be replaced with new material in order to properly install your heated floor. Your old sub-floor has to be cut out from the area where the old tiles have been removed and installed.
Once the old sub-floor is removed the new plywood will need to be cut out to size to replace the old. After, the installer will be required to properly screw the new sub-floor to the joists in order to keep the floor even and prevent from the future cracks in your tiles. Depending on the complexity of the old material it may take extra day or two to prepare the sub-floor properly for the installation of your new heated floors.
Once your sub-floor is all done it is time to start laying down a membrane and install DITRA-HEAT cables before tile installation.
DITRA-HEAT Thermostat and Electrical Connection
Every DITRA-HEAT floor installation requires its own circuit. During your new floor installation it will be required to run a dedicated line directly to your electrical panel. You will need a new breaker to be installed in the electrical panel, new wires to be run through you walls to the location of the new installation. After all the wiring is done it will be connected to the DITRA-HEAT thermostat and your new DITRA-HEAT cables with heat sensor.
Technology these days advances faster than we can do repairs at our homes. Currently there are a few options available for the thermostat. Manually programmable, Wi-Fi Programmable and Wi-Fi Touch screen thermostats to control your new floor. Please be advised if you are pre-ordering your parts personally from the distributor or they are supplied by our team to specify what kind of thermostat you are interested in having.
Programmable digital thermostat for the DITRA-HEAT system
Programmable touchscreen thermostat for the DITRA-HEAT system
Non-programmable digital thermostat for the DITRA-HEAT system
Programmable Wi-Fi thermostat for the DITRA-HEAT system
DITRA-HEAT Heated Floors
Combine the beauty and durability of stone, tile, or resilient floor coverings (WPC, LVT, LVP, etc.,) with the comfort of an electric floor warming system to bring a touch of luxury into any room of the home. DITRA-HEAT is the only electric floor warming system that directly incorporates uncoupling technology to ensure that floors aren’t susceptible to cracked tiles and grout. Cables can be placed wherever heat is desired for customized heating zones, and no leveling compounds are required, which makes for a quick and easy installation.
With the proven technology of our DITRA uncoupling membrane incorporated in the design, DITRA-HEAT provides the ideal solution for bringing comfort and floor warming to any tiled floor.
Required Products For Proper Installation
Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT integrates customizable, comfortable electric floor warming with the functions associated with DITRA: uncoupling, waterproofing, vapor management, and support to ensure a long lasting installation.
- The stud structure of DITRA-HEAT is specifically designed to allow for the easy installation of DITRA-HEAT-E-HK heating cables
- Nominal 1/4″ (5.5 mm) thickness minimizes tile assembly thickness and reduces transitions to lower surface coverings
- Self-leveling compounds are not required to encapsulate the cables into the membrane
- Available by the roll or by the sheet to accommodate various room sizes
DITRA-HEAT twisted pair heating cables
- Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT-E-HK are twisted pair heating cables designed for integration with the DITRA-HEAT uncoupling membrane in interior floor warming applications.
- Cables snap into the membrane; clips and fasteners are not required
- No self-levelers required to encapsulate the cables; installation time significantly reduced
- No return to thermostat required
- Produces virtually zero electromagnetic fields
- 120 V and 240 V options available in a variety of lengths
- Provides electric floor warming for use beneath tile, stone, or other resilient floor coverings (e.g. LVT)
Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT-E-RT is a programmable touchscreen thermostat used to control DITRA-HEAT-E-HK heating cables.
A dedicated circuit is required for DITRA-HEAT. You will require an empty space or an unused breaker in your electrical panel to connect you heated floor.
Depending on the location of your new heated floor and location of the electrical panel you will need a new line ran to connect Ditra cable to the Breaker.
You will need a new Gang Box which is slightly deeper than a regular electrical box because you will need extra space to accommodate Ditra thermostat depth.
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