Myths you Should Stop Believing in Concerning Tile

March 15, 2017

Myths you Should Stop Believing in Concerning Tile

Are you coming up to a Home Improvement project soon where you will be replacing your flooring but are weary of choosing tile? Maybe it’s because you have heard some things about it that sound horrifying, you are now against the very idea of even considering it. Maybe you don’t hate tile that much, but today we will go through the 6 most common myths about tile and show you the truth. This way you can make an educated, well thought out decision. Here are the myths, and why they aren’t true.

Myth: Tile is boring

Reality: Nowadays with the multitude of different flooring options available tile seems boring and difficult to customize. Hardwood is available in so many different grains, styles, & colors. Carpet has been expanding to include a wider variety of texture than ever before and vinyl now can be created to mimic any natural material out there. What many don’t realize is that in the last decade imaging technology has greatly improved, now tile can be customized to mimic hardwood, natural stone, or a completely custom pattern. Today you have more opportunity for tile customization than even your choice of hardwood.

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Myth: Tile flooring is cold

Reality: This myth is true in some sense but not entirely. It is portrayed much worse than it is in reality. Tile is a conductor of temperature and holds a certain temperature for a very long time (kind of like stone). Taking this into account, during the winter if you live in a cold area tile that is exposed to the cold will retain the temperature and remain cool for long periods of time without warming up. Not always though, there is such a thing as radiant heat mats that can be installed directly underneath the tile. These can be controlled by a thermostat and will often actually help you save money on your heating bill (although they are pricey to install in the beginning). Another factor to pay attention to: the location where the tile is being installed and the material underneath. Above a well insulated area that is not directly perpendicular to the outdoors the tile will not have as a great a source of cold temperature as tile installed directly over concrete.

Myth: Wood alike tile looks fake

Reality: Maybe at first, but today wood look alike tile often times looks better than the real thing. With advanced imaging technology wood textures are printed directly onto the travertine creating not only a beautiful look but an authentic feel. If you are worried about the grout lines that will give it away, don’t. You can purchase tile that is finely cut to match the surrounding pieces requiring little grout and almost no transition.

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Myth: Tile flooring is expensive

Reality: Every valuable investment is made with hope that it was worth it. Although tile is significantly more expensive to purchase and install than vinyl or carpet it can last for much longer. The most durable vinyl won’t last longer than 20 years. Carpet, you’ll be lucky if it lasts 10-15 years. Tile on the other hand will last a lifetime, if not longer. There’s a reason it has been the go to flooring material for thousands of years. Spending double what you would spend on carpet or vinyl will pay off in the long run. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your house in the short term: if done right, tile will increase the monetary and visual value of your home.

Myth: Tile breaks easily

Reality: Tile; porcelain, ceramic, & travertine are much more durable than you imagined. Yes it is possible to chip or crack tile, but much less so than majority of other flooring materials. Tile is the only material that water will not damage, as well as the only material that you can be sure will not face scratching or denting from a pets claws. If one tile is damaged it can easily be taken out and replaced by a new one. Vinyl on the other hand requires repairing the whole section.

Myth: Tile requires little or no maintenance or care

Reality: Although tile is plenty more durable than most other flooring materials, it still requires upkeep and maintenance. A properly sealed tile floor requires much less maintenance as it will not be affected as much by daily wear and tear. You must periodically reseal the floor to ensure that it is protected as well as picking up stains and moisture as soon as it happens. Although ceramic and porcelain are considered strong materials the grout in between them will give way to acid and erosion, thus should be avoided.

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4 Reasons to Buy Heated Flooring

March 8, 2017

If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of stepping onto a cold tile floor after a warm shower, you will know it can be a bit of a shock to the system. Change that cold tile floor to a heated floor and the soles of your feet are delighted by a sensation like no other. Here are just four reasons why buying heated flooring from Flooring Supply Shop is one of the best investments you can make for your home.

Our Heated Floors Are Extremely Affordable

While the cost of installing heated flooring was once a very expensive project, many heated floors are now electrically powered and what’s more, you can install them yourself. EasyHeat Warm Tile Elite Mats are super thin floor mats that warm stone and tile floors and are a fraction of the price of traditional heated floors. They are also easier and quicker to install than conventional floor warming mats. EasyHeat Warm Tile Elite Mats are suitable for installation in bathrooms, kitchens, entries, sunrooms and more.

Our Heated Floors Use Less Energy

Our Radiant Floor Heating systems are proven to reduce energy usage compared to other forms of heating, keeping energy costs to a minimum while also delivering exceptional comfort. EasyHeat products in particular, also have extremely low EMF and such levels are comparable to standard household products such as televisions, mobile phones and refrigerators.

Our Heated Floors Are Suitable For Most Rooms

Although typically installed in the bathroom, the great thing about heated flooring is that it can be installed in almost any other room, providing they are fitted with appropriate flooring. If you have hardwood floors in one of your rooms for example, the changed in temperature may cause gaps in the wood. Choosing porcelain tiles, for example, means you can install heated flooring without any concerns and without sacrificing styles. Many people install heated floors in kitchens, bedrooms and basements, where it tends to get drafty.

Our Heated Floors Don’t Make Any Noise

One of the great things about the heated flooring we sell is its ability to deliver heat without noise. Both SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating and EasyHeat Radiant Floor Heating products will go unnoticed in your home in terms of noise. Of course your boiler is likely to make noise, but for many people, that’s hidden away in the basement or behind a cupboard where noise cannot be detected.

Our Heated Floors Are Out Of Sight

Whereas with traditional floor heating, heat emitters often restrict furniture placement, with a Radiant Floor Heating system, the floor surface is what emits the heat. By choosing SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating or EasyHeat Radiant Floor Heating products, you won’t need to compromise the aesthetics of your rooms, since you can place furniture wherever you would like.

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Composeal Gold and Radiant Heat Flooring Systems

May 20, 2013

Composeal Gold and Radiant Heat Flooring Systems.

Flexible Crack Isolation Waterproofing and Heat Fused for Floors – Walls – Roof Deck / Terraces – Under “thick bed” Tile Installations

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Many of our customers have been asking us how Radiant Floor Heating Systems should be installed when using COMPOSEAL GOLD. When it comes to installing radiant floor heating, we go through a process called the “installation sandwich.”

As you go through the process of installing Radiant Floor Heating Systems, you can see that the flooring consists of a variety of layers. Like a sandwich, these layers stack on top of one another in order to function properly.

  • Tile
  • Latex modified thin set bond coat
  • COMPOSEAL GOLD
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  • Substrate or Subfloor with embedded Radiant Heating System

So what is COMPOSEAL GOLD?

COMPOSEAL GOLD is a direct bond membrane made up of a high-density PVC, with non-woven polyester scrim laminated on either side of the 40 mil sheet membrane, for direct bonding to the substrate as well as the ceramic tile or marble above. It does not rot and is highly resistant to solutions containing salts, acids, and alkalis, as well as many organic solvents, alcohols, and oils. COMPOSEAL GOLD is used as a concealed crack isolation (anti-fracture) and/or waterproof membrane under thin-set installations of ceramic tile and marble, terrazzo and brick; for new construction, remodeling or repair, residential and commercial, in kitchens, restaurants, resident entries, steam rooms, radiant heated flooring, shopping malls, etc.

Negligible shrinkage at extreme temperatures, -20° F to 212° F, makes COMPOSEAL GOLD especially ideal for Radiant Heated Flooring Systems. Its scrim is designed specifically for direct bonding on both sides of the “sandwich” in ceramic tile and dimension stone installations. This serves as a Crack-Isolation (uncoupling) membrane that provides adequate support/load distribution for your tile covering, and allows the heat from the system below to radiate up through the installation into the room.

*Always consult with the manufacturer of the radiant heating system for their specific installation instructions for installing radiant heating under ceramic tile.

Step 1: Expose the Subfloor

Remove the old carpet, leaving the subfloor exposed. If necessary, use a scraper to separate the carpet from the floor. Remove excess glue from the cement subfloor with scrapers and an appropriate solvent, making sure to follow the solvent directions.

Step 2: Apply a Crack-Suppression Membrane (COMPOSEAL GOLD)

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply adhesive to the concrete subfloor and lay down the crack-suppression membrane. Apply the adhesive in sections and unroll the membrane onto the floor, using a floor roller to press it flat and work out any air bubbles. Since concrete expands and contracts as the temperature changes, this membrane will help support the floor and prevent cracks in the tiles or grout.

Step 3: Install the Grids for the Radiant Heating System

Install the plastic grids that will hold the radiant-heat wires, using hot glue to adhere the grids to the subfloor. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and space the grids uniformly over the floor to prevent hot and cool patches.

Step 4: Snap the Cables into the Grids

Snap the radiant-heat cables into the grids, keeping them evenly spaced to prevent hot and cool patches in the floor. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on how far apart to space the cables.

Step 5: Mix and Spread the Thinset Mortar

Use a heavy-duty drill with a paddle bit to mix Thinset mortar according to the package instructions. Use a straight-edge trowel to apply a layer of mortar over the electrical cables. When mixed to the correct consistency, the mortar will stick and mound on the trowel without falling off. Make sure to hold the trowel at a consistent angle throughout the job so the mortar bed will have a uniform thickness. Allow the mortar to dry thoroughly before proceeding. Wet or cold weather will slow down the drying process, and below-freezing temperatures can keep the mortar from curing properly. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance.

Step 6: Power the Radiant-Heat Floor

The best way to power the radiant-heat floor is to hire a licensed electrician to run a dedicated circuit from the home’s main electrical panel to the correct room. The electrician also can install the control panel/heating sensor in the wall.

Step 7: Determine the Layout

Dry-fit a vertical row of tiles and a horizontal row, leaving space for grout, to determine the best layout. The ideal layout will use as many full tiles as possible. The tiles against the wall should be a half-tile wide or wider.

Step 8: Spread Mortar and Lay the Tiles

Spread mortar on the floor, using the notched edge of the trowel to create deep grooves in the mortar. Press each tile into the mortar, wiggling it gently to seat it. Check the tiles for level and adjust as needed. Use tile spacers to keep an even grout line. Use a wet saw to cut tiles as needed for the perimeter of the floor.

Safety Alert: Always wear safety glasses and use caution when working with a wet saw.

Step 9: Mix and Apply the Grout, and Apply Sealant

After the mortar is dry, mix the tile grout according to the package instructions and apply with a grout float. Use a diagonal motion to apply the grout, working it into the spaces between the tiles. Let the grout dry slightly, then wipe the excess off the tiles with a damp sponge using a diagonal motion.

Let the grout dry completely before sealing. Once the grout sealant is dry, move the furniture back into the room. Let the mortar cure for four weeks before using the radiant-heat system.

CODES, CERTIFICATION

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 comply with the three major plumbing codes: UPC-IAPMO, SBCCI and BOCA. COMPOSEAL has separate municipal approval where required, e.g. City of Los Angeles, City of Philadelphia (40 mil), Metropolitan Dade County and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Approval is no longer required in New York City for concealed PVC waterproof membrane).

COMPOSEAL also complies with the Corps of Engineers specs for PVC shower pan material (para 5.8.3.2 15 p1-18) and meets the requirements of FHA Publication 4900.1.

WARRANTY: COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 are warranted against failure for any reason, and in the event of failure, replacement material will be supplied at no charge. This warranty applies only to the membrane itself and not to the manner of installation over which we have no control, and it does not extend to consequential damage or other implied responsibility. COMPOSEAL should last the life of the building.

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How to Properly Tile a Roof Deck

May 7, 2013

How to Properly tile a Roof deck using Composeal Gold

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When installing ceramic tile on roof decks, the most important single thing to remember is that a roof deck is just that , a roof – a barrier against the elements, and especially water.

“It’s only a roof deck!” Did you ever hear that statement? When and if you do, be prepared for problems, and very possibly big ones. Where roof decks and concerned, roof is the most important word. When it comes to keeping water out, how the roof deck is constructed is at least as important as the balance of the roof itself, since both must satisfy the same requirement to keep the rooms and equipment below them dry.

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A roof deck was leaking badly. Upon investigation, it was found that the installation had been made using one of the methods described in the Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation. Why, then, the leakage? The method selected was one involving a cleavage membrane, and it had been chosen even though some of the other methods contained in the Handbook called for a waterproof membrane. The purpose of the cleavage membrane, as you will recall, is to isolate the tile floor from the structure, not to serve as a waterproof membrane.

Another somewhat similar project was purposely installed over a cleavage membrane consisting of a single layer of roofing paper. Those responsible for the installation thought the horizontal tile were waterproof, and therefore did not need a waterproof membrane. But while ceramic tile floors do not disintegrate when wet, they are not waterproof. A good waterproof membrane like Composeal Gold Crack Isolation Waterproof Membrane  is the only insurance against water damage in the rooms under a roof deck.

Two residences came close to taking the prize for most water damage. Built by the same contractor for two sisters, the houses faced each other, with a street in between them. The houses were already completed, with carpets, furniture and kitchen equipment in place, but before anyone could move in, the rains came – heavy rains. The resulting damage to ceilings, walls, furniture and carpets made the homes impossible to occupy. Much of the water came down in the kitchens, where cabinets were soaked, discolored and warped out of shape. What had happened? Each house had a rear, exterior, second story, tile deck which sloped the wrong way, toward the house, with nothing to prevent the water from going through the metal sill of the large sliding doors and into the structures.

Yet another common shortcoming in deck construction is the improper placement of flashing, or even its complete lack, at the junction of the walls and floor. A number of leaky decks have been found in which the lack of flashing has been the cause of the leakage.

Recently, an owner was having problems with leaks in a tiled deck. It started with leaks in the first deck to be installed; after the first deck was replaced, the new deck also leaked. The owner called for advice on how to make sure a third deck would not leak. She was advised on how the deck should be constructed, and was also urged to water – test the Composeal Gold Waterproof Membrane before installing the ceramic tile. The water test had to be stopped immediately because of the torrent of water that flowed into the room below. It is hard to understand how workmen can be so careless or lacking in knowledge as to allow such a membrane to be water- tested. The roofer had terminated the waterproof membrane *” short of membering up with the roofed-over part of structure, and the builder had done nothing to flash and waterproof that joint prior to the water test.

SLOPE ON STRUCTURE

In 1956, working with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, sponsors and authors of the Uniform Plumbing Code, tiled shower floor receptors were at last properly engineered and made part of the Uniform Plumbing Code.

The important part of this engineering called for pre-sloping the floor of the shower prior to placement of the waterproof membrane. The waterproof membrane was then placed in the pre-sloped surface so that the membrane itself sloped- – *” per foot minimum, *” per foot maximum- – to the weep holes in the bottom portion of the floor drain.

Prior to this, it had been customary to place the membrane flat, thus allowing seepage water to accumulate with no way to reach the weep holes and go down the drainpipe.

Shower floors are smaller than roof decks, but the same engineering principles apply. Slope the structure and Composeal Gold Waterproof Membrane to the weep holes in the floor drains; if there are no floor drains, slope to the open scuppers, with nothing in the bottom of the scuppers to prevent the free flow of seepage water.

FLAT DECK STRUCTURES

No matter how hard we try to spread the word about sloping them, structures continues to be built flat. The point of sloping the structure, which in turn slopes the membrane placed upon it, is to eliminate seepage water via the weep holes or open scuppers. The tile trade uses dry-pack floor mortar, and when this is placed on the flat waterproof membrane, the slope is only on the top surface of the dry pack. The dry pack is pumped out by the hot sun, leaving the salts of efflorescence on the tile. At least one company’s remedy for flat roof construction is to pre-float the roof deck with the dry pack mortar, which is then cover-cured. A waterproof membrane, designed to be used with a thin-set bonding system, is bonded to the mortar bed and fastened into the clamp-style floor drain. A compatible bonding mortar is then used to bond the tile to the membrane.

A SEEPAGE CHANNEL

In the design of roof decks, an effort has been made not only to slope the roof deck, but to create a channel which makes it easy for seepage water to flow toward the drain and into the weep holes. Until quite recently, the standard channel consisted of a layer of crushed rock over the waterproof membrane. A layer of cloth, such as burlap, was then placed over the crushed rock to prevent the mortar from filling up the voids in the crushed rock when the mortar bed was installed.

Now we have matting to provide that channel. The matting comes with a flannel – like cloth covering, which is installed cloth side up to prevent the mortar from filling in the extruded nylon and black spinnerette fibers. This type of matting has a long history of successful use in providing weep channels under concrete in drainage ditches and in similar situations.

An installation showing the use of the channel to promote water runoff is contained in the Handbook of Tile Installation. Even though this is the recommended way to install tile on roof decks, in actual practice, the channel is not always used. No matter what is done, however, positioning the waterproof membrane on a slope to the weep holes, or open scuppers, is the most important requirement for roof deck construction.

WATER ACCUMULATION

If the walls surrounding the roof deck are properly flashed at the juncture of deck and walls, and drip screeds are used, some water is going to drain across the tiled deck in addition to the rain which falls upon it naturally. However, it is best to not use the deck as a collection basin for water drainage; on the contrary, as much water should be kept off the roof decks as possible.

Directing water to the drains or scuppers takes some planning as to the positioning of those structures. Getting the water to move requires a slope of *” per foot. One – eighth of an inch per foot will drain the water, but will take much longer to do it; *” per foot, on a long run, may not be achievable because of the thickness build-up from the furthermost distance from the drain to the drain. To prevent problems, planning is needed as to the placement of the drains, as well as the height of the tracks for doors and sliding doors. Many, many times we have received calls describing situations in which only *” is available at the doorway to install a 2″ thick tile installation, and there is no way to drain the deck.

SUMMARY

“It’s only a roof deck!” As can be seen from the foregoing, construction of a roof deck takes planning. It is not difficult; it just has to be planned. It can also be seen that proper planning and execution require the cooperation of several trades working together.

Technical Data

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 meet the engineering requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Ceramic Tile Institute (CTI). ASTM D4551 is the test standard established by ASTM

“for PVC flexible sheeting which is used with mastic, bedding or coating for construction of concealed water-containment membranes in applications where there is potential for costly secondary damage from water leakage and very long term reliable performance is essential. The tests are intended to ensure quality and performance.”

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 meet and surpass these ASTM standards.

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 also meet the CTI requirements for waterproof membranes.

TESTED MATERIAL

CERAMIC TILE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

These tests were conducted by the United States Testing Co., Test Report No. LA 63554, Smith Emery Co., Test No. T-88-122A-B, and Truesdail Laboratories, Report # 24371-1.

Tile work shall comply with recommendations of “Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation” published by the Tile Council of America, Inc., P.O. Box 2222, Princeton, N.J. 08543

* These drawings based on sketches in “Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation.”

Engineering Properties ASTM D 4551 SpecGrade 30 ASTM D 4551 SpecGrade 40 Composeal Test Results .030 Composeal Test Results .030
Thickness, inches 0.30″ 0.40″ 0.31″ 0.42
Tensile Strength. lbs/in. width 60-lb min. 80-lb min. 89-lb (2870 psi) 113-lb (2700 psi)
Tensile Strength. at 100% elongation 30-lb min. 40-lb min. 43-lb 57-lb
Ultimate elongation before breaking 300% Min 300% Min 400% + 400% +
Tear Resistance. lbs/in width 185-lb min. 250-lb min. 260-lb 263-lb
Pinholes None None None None
Micro-Organism Resistance (fungus, mildew, mold) No Growth No Growth No Growth No Growth
Chemical Resistance:
Distilled H2O % wt. change* 1% max 1% max + 0.4% + 0.4%
Soapy H2O % wt. change* 2% max 2% max + 0.5% + 0.3%
Alkali, pass/fail (hydrostatic) Pass Pass Pass Pass
Shrinkage, dimension change at 158 F ASTM 1204 5% max 5% max 1.3% 2.9%
Volatility, % loss at 158 F after aging 1.5% max 1.5% max None None
Hydrostatic pressure (to test water penetration):
Original Condition Pass Pass Pass Pass
After Folding test (cold crack, 4hrs @ 0F) Pass Pass Pass Pass
After Puncture test Pass Pass Pass Pass
After Indentation test Pass Pass Pass Pass

No evidence of surface wetness or other signs of water penetration was detected on any of the tested specimens.

Additional Test :

Seam, (lap joint) strength ASTM D751 CTI Standard – 8 lbs./in. min. / Composeal 30 – 69 lbs./inch / Composeal 40 – 85 lbs./inch

Specific Gravity: 1.29 @ g/cm3

Cold Crack: passed @ 53 F

ASTM Standard D1004, d 412 d1790, e 96 and FHA Spec. 4900.1 are also met by Composeal

*Measure of water/ chemical surface absorption

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Benefit and used of Radiant Towel Warmer

February 1, 2012

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Towel warmer, heated towel rails, not only offer visual appeal but serve as a multi-functional accessory. Once marketed only to upscale spas and hotels, homeowners on any budget can now afford the luxury of owning a towel warmer.

Towel warmers are designed to warm and dry bath linens faster than air drying, It is a sustainable and more energy efficient to reduce laundry loads with the added benefit of keeping ‘damp’ towels from becoming mildewed and insanitary, Moreover, in colder temperatures, most towel warmers also serve as space heaters. Stainless steel towel warmers have proven to be more sustainable and resistant to corrosion and flaking than those that are chrome plated or powder coated.

Save Energy – Much Cheaper to use than A Clothes Dryer

On average, Towel warmer use between 35 -100 watts pf e;electricity (compared to dryers that on average use 4,900 watts). You can really save on unnecessary loads by keeping your towels dry and fresh between uses. Use your Towel Warmer instated of dryer and make some real energy saving!

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Towel warmers now come in wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes. Most models are designed to run continuously, however, towel warmers are extremely energy efficient. Towel warmers use less electricity than several light bulbs and may add a thermostat and or timer and accessories.

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Towel Warmer can be used in a variety of ways:

Bathroom

Not only do towel warmers warm and dry damp towels, they generate radiant warmth that can double as an alternative source of heat in the bathroom. Towel warmers also prevent mold from creating and are child friendly as well. Towel warmers reduce laundry loads!

Laundry Room

Radiant Towel warmers are great for drying damp clothes like socks and mittens. They are also ideal for drying delicate garment like lingerie and sweaters. As an added bonus, hang dry pants to De-wrinkle.

Spas and Pools

Anyone who owns a pool or spa can benefit from towel warmer. They are wonderful for keeping towels and bathing suits dry. Towel warmers also combat the damp humidity that is enclosed in pool areas.

Mud rooms

Mud rooms can quite possibly be the most important room in a home, serving as rear or side entrance used by residents, Towel warmers are great for kid’s damp cloths and helps keep moisture of the air making floors slip-resistant. Great for drying and warming ski equipment and jacket.

Hotels

An incredible luxury and major asset to any hotel bathroom, Towel Warmers complete the relaxing, memorable experience found in any resort. Also reduces laundry cycles, great for drying bathing suits and ski equipment.

Basement

An appropriate size towel warmer installed in a basement can remove dampness and provide radiant heat, keeping your basement dry and warm. Towel Warmers custom range is ideal for these spaces.

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Radiant Towel warmers, heater towel rails, not only offer visual appeal but serve as a multi-functional accessory. Once marketed only to upscale spas and hotels, homeowners on any budget can now afford the luxury of owning a towel warmer.

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Warm Home in Cold Winters with Radiant Floor Heating

December 12, 2011

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Warm Home in Cold Winters with SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating

Solar heating technology has come a long way, with energy being tapped and utilized more effectively. There are innumerable uses of solar energy in households and commercial set-ups, which is conventionally converted to thermal energy and used for heating water, heating home or pool. However, solar heating activities depend on the amount of solar radiation received by the surface area and surface reflectance. Moreover, other factors such as surface emissivity, ambient temperature and thermal convection from wind also play significant part in solar heating.

SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating option is an excellent solution, worth consideration while planning for cold winter months. The method has several advantages, most notable being energy saver, reduced utility costs and clean energy. A radiant floor heating system is viable with solar energy, due to relatively low temperature of hot water that solar systems produce very efficiently. There are several radiant floor heating systems, such as masonry heater and gas boiler, which accept heat energy from sun.

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The advanced dual-wire technology of SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating allows homeowners to install mats that end at preferred location. These mats are flexible option for heating, as mat can be positioned in various angles such as 90° and 180°. Entire section is heated thoroughly as wires can be fitted easily at any angle and into curves. However, open weave design of the wire mesh is recommended owing to strong bonding of the thinset to the surface, above as well as beneath the heating mat. For an ideal floor warming application, wire spacing limit is determined to be within 90°.

A heating cable, a foil radiator and a set of power leads for connection to the floor-sensing control are the integral components of the SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating Mats. The heating mats are Aramid reinforced and have ETFE high-temperature insulation along with oxygen-free copper alloys and XLPE (PEX) jacket. These heating mats are appreciated for easy installation, easy connection establishment, convenient management and safe usage.

To ascertain maximum safety, heating element mesh is woven beside the mat in a ring-like shielded jacket. The set-up facilitates power supply to the grounding wire within the junction box for the thermostat. Along with safety and intrinsic attributes, homeowners have appreciated SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating system for its aestheticism.

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After continual research and development, solar floor heating systems have become immensely effective and efficient. Over the years, these systems have also provided architectural flexibility to the users and can be installed in any part of the house. Moreover, installation of SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating system reduces amount of air pollution by limiting greenhouse gases that are emitted using alternative fuels such as oil, propane and natural gas for heating. In case the solar system cannot meet heating requirements, back-up systems can be synchronized for heat supply.

For ensuring warm home in cold winters, one can choose SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating. However, planning the layout of the electrical floor heaters, budget and daily or yearly projections are some of the basics that need to be considered by homeowners before availing this solution.

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The Facts about SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating

May 3, 2011

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SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating is an underfloor heating system that aids in keeping the indoors as well as outdoors warm. A type of electric radiant floor heating, this low temperature heating system emits radiant heat from under the floor surface that heats the air; subsequently making the house warm. The twin, multi-stranded and oxygen-free copper heating elements form the heart of this system, augmenting its utilization and longevity. Furthermore, the strong synthetic Aramid fibers reinforce these heating wires and add to their longitudinal strength.

The dual-wire technology of SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating allows user to initialize the mat at the thermostat and end at any of the desired locations. Another benefit of this heating system is that the mat can be flipped and turned at 90° and 180°, so as to fill in virtually any shape. The wire can thus be easily released and fitted into angles or curves, leaving no gap. Moreover, the open weave design of the wire mesh facilitates strong bonding of the thinset to the surfaces, both above and below the heating mat. Typically, wire spacing is determined not to exceed 90° C for ideal floor warming application.

For maximum safety, the heating elements are woven to the underside of the mat, and are ringed by a fully shielded grounding jacket. This set up further extends the power lead to the grounding wire in the junction box for the thermostat. Besides the benefits provided by intrinsic features of the SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating, the system has also won accolades for its aestheticism. Unlike heat pumps and vents, this system is laid beneath the floor surface and is thus, completely invisible. Moreover, efficient installation of the floor heating system also avoids the risk of direct contact with the heating element.

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This system further delivers an even radiant heat across the whole floor surface; whilst, heating the home from the floor up. All one has to do is program the thermostat as per the lifestyle, and the rest is assured by the system itself. Optimization of energy costs due to rapid distribution of heat, easy regulation of temperature, and precise control of heating are other advantages of the system. Moreover, the uniform heat spread does not create heat droughts that lift up dust and allergens. Thus, the SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating enables user to achieve a uniformly heated home in a healthy way.

Owing to all these advantages, the SunTouch Radiant Floor Heating has rapidly replaced conventional heating systems like boilers and heat pumps, which are inefficient as well as expensive.

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Safety Tips for Shoveling Snow

January 26, 2011

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Most people love winter season, but one thing which everyone hates about winters is the snow menace. Shoveling snow is probably the most hated activity of the winter months that poses significant health risks. Snow shoveling is a daunting task and the overexertion caused by this activity can sometimes lead to health complications and even death. This demanding task puts pressure on the heart and can cause heart attack; especially at low temperatures, when blood vessels contract and the heart pumps faster to get blood to the extremities. Besides heart attack, there are various other problems that a person can face because of shoveling snow. Due to the repetitive lifting of heavy weight snow, one may put strain on the muscles and back. In order to avoid such complications, one needs to take preventive measures to stay safe.

Before you plan to shovel snow, you must consider your health condition. In case you have heart condition or back problem, you must certainly avoid snow shoveling. Even otherwise, do not jeopardize your health and check with your doctor if you are fit to shovel snow. Apart from health condition, also consider your physical condition. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle or are out of shape, you must proceed with caution. Before you start this physically challenging activity, you must stretch and warm-up like you would do before a strenuous activity. You must also drink some water to remain hydrated.

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In case you are planning to shovel snow yourself, there are few simple things that you need to keep in mind. Foremost, avoid lifting snow-filled shovel as much as possible because it can be strenuous; instead try to push off the snow from the driveways, sidewalks or walkways. However, if it unavoidable and you do have to lift snow then you must face the direction in which you are lifting, but avoid twisting. On feeling sore or fatigued, you must stop shoveling for few minutes, take some rest and then start again. You must avoid over-exhausting yourself at all costs to avoid risk of heart attack. If it is extremely cold and you begin to feel its effects, stop shoveling and take rest, go inside for a while.

There are certain snow shoveling safety tips that you must always follow, such as you must never shovel immediately after you wake up. Lying down all night leads to build-up of fluid in the disc and a minor accident like fall increases risk of slipped disc injury. Dress in layers to keep yourself warm, and you can shed off layers as you become warm. Make sure to wear slip resistant boots and eye gear. In order to keep snow from sticking to the shovel, you can spray or rub some lubricant on it. It is advisable to keep the load lighter and take frequent breaks. Once you have cleared the snow, spread some rock salt to avoid icing.

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In case you have a snow thrower, ensure to follow all the safety guidelines to avoid injuries. Even after shutting off, the augur blades can continue to rotate and one can reach into the snow thrower and suffer injuries. In such cases, people tend to break fingers or damage tendons, while some injuries are worst and can result in maiming or amputations. Hence, whether you shovel snow manually or with the help of high-powered snow thrower, be careful and take measures to avoid accidents or injuries.

Safety First!!!

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Warm and Cozy Floors at Home During the Winter

October 19, 2010

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Winters are beautiful and visually appealing with plenty of snowfall, however this also leads to drop in temperature, beyond comfort One of the biggest discomforts in the winter season are cold floors. This problem however, can be rectified by installing radiant floor heating system which will keep the flooring as well as the interiors of your house, warm all through the freezing winter season. These affordable and easy to install radiant heating system are increasingly being used by individuals around the world.

The thermostat controlled heating system installed in your house keeps the air warm and not the floor, which results in significant difference between the air and floor temperature. However, with the radiant floor heating system you can easily eliminate the discomforts caused due to the cold floors. These are safe, cost effective and can be installed under any type of flooring such as tile, concrete, asphalt or brick with ease. Radiant floor heating systems prove beneficial even for clearing up the snow from driveway, stairs and patios.

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However, before purchasing radiant floor heating systems, one needs to take into consideration certain important factors. Radiant floor heating systems should be certified safe and easy to install. Another important consideration is the system’s heat output, which can be varied as per individual choice. In case one wants a warm floor then you need a moderate heating system with low output, however if you want to keep the entire room warm, then you need a system with higher output. Moreover, one must choose a system with a thermostat control which can be conveniently programmed according to the need and maintain optimum temperature throughout the day. This ensures that there is no wastage of energy, which results in low power consumption. Furthermore, since higher EMF is associated with certain ill effects, hence you consider a system that works effectively and does not increase the EMF significantly. There are many reliable companies in the market which offer customized floor heating systems to meet your specific requirements in terms of size and dimensions, thereby enabling you to install these systems anywhere, be it kitchen, bathroom or outside.

There are so many advantages offered by the radiant floor heating system offers that it has become a must for winters. There is no need to make alteration to the room décor as these heating systems are installed below the flooring, without significantly raising the floor level, as it has compact dimensions. Moreover, these systems can be easily installed below any type of flooring, be it tiles, carpet or hardwood; and has minimal maintenance needs. The radiant floor heating systems are ideal for keeping not just the floors but interiors of the home warm as well; consequently you can turn down your main thermostat by few degrees and save on the power bills.

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Hence, to have warm and comfortable winters, get the “radiant floor heating system” installed at your place before the start of the winter season. Moreover, this is one luxury which is efficient as well as affordable.

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Suntouch Radiant Floor Heating

September 22, 2010

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More and more people are deciding to add heating elements to the flooring in their homes and garages. Heated floors come with many benefits without too many downfalls. The first and most obvious being that you no longer have to step foot on chilly floors. Another benefit is that your heated floors will stay dry. Your bathroom floor will quickly dry after someone uses the shower. Another benefit to heated floors is a more even distribution of heat in your home. You will no longer have frozen toes while the top of your room is warm. You will save money on your traditional heating bill because your floors will pick up some of the slack. You simply set the thermostat and let the heater maintain your floors temperature. If you are a homeowner planning on installing your own radiant flooring it can be difficult to sift through all of the different products out there. Suntouch Radiant floor heated is a great product line for homeowners because of its ease of installation.

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All Suntouch flooring products come with a detailed installation guide as well as a DVD. You will also get a thermostat with most of the floor kits as long as they are over 50 square feet in size. Their floor heating solutions work under just about every type of flooring that you could have. They sell large heating mats and you simply have to put them

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under the floor. They only add one extra step to the whole process of installing any new floor. It is about as easy as laying down a mat.

There are a few small drawbacks to getting a Suntouch heated floor. The first is the initial extra cost. It works out to be a little less than a dollar a square foot so it is very affordable. The heating costs of most rooms will be about a dime a day so your electricity bill might actually drop if you have electric heating.

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These easy to install kits will make your floor much more pleasant to sit on.

Suntouch heated flooring is a great investment that will increase the value of your home. Radiant floors are in demand, and by adding them to your home you are making it much more desirable. It is a great move to make if you are ever planning on reselling your home. It’s one of those cheap upgrades that will add much more value than it will ever cost you.

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Suntouch heated flooring is perfect for those winter days when you would rather stay in bed then walk across the cold floors. Of course, you have slippers but that is not going to help while in the shower. This is perfect for any time when you think you might need more heat on the floors than in the air. This is also very affordable when you want to keep your toes warm but also save money in the bank as well. Look into adding it to your bathroom.

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SunTouch Radiant floor heating the best heating option

July 31, 2010

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With the approaching winter season many people worry about how to keep their house warm, without having to shell out too much. There are several ways by which you can ensure warm floors even during winters. Amongst all these available options, the best heating system for any house is the radiant floor heating, installed conveniently under the floor that you do not even realize that it exists. Used since the Roman era, the invisible waves of the thermal radiation, generated through the radiant floor heating mats, heat up every object it strikes. In contrast to the vents whooshing, dust-spewing duct work or radiators clanking, it’s a silent heating system which effectively heats your house. Moreover, it is a highly efficient way of heating the interiors and increasing the comfort of the house at reduced electricity costs.

Many people install other heating systems in their homes to make the house warm; these systems warm the air but not the floor. Walking on the cold floor is quite uncomfortable; hence one needs to look for measures which can keep your floor warm and comfortable during the winter seasons. The radiant floor heating is the perfect solution for this problem. Another benefit of the radiant floor heating system is that these not only warm the floor but the whole room. As a result, you can turn down the thermostat by a few degrees, thereby saving on electricity bills. Moreover, unlike the heat of an air heating system, the heat emitted through this radiant floor heating system does not dry the skin. Hence, along with making the house comfortable, it also proves to be cost-effective heating solution.

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Whether your room has stone, ceramic or a hardwood floor, these mats can be installed beneath every king of flooring. Furthermore, it does not hamper the look of the place as these are easily installed beneath the flooring of the room, hence maintaining its aesthetic appeal. Moreover, the advanced manifold systems and controls allow different parts of floor to be maintained at different temperatures. Therefore, depending upon your requirement you can control the heat emitted through these heating systems. Furthermore, these flexible heating systems can also be installed in the bathroom, kitchen or any other part of the house.

Along with indoor heating, it is also convenient and economical outdoor heating solution. It can be used for the snow covered patios or drive-ways; with radiant floor heating systems, snow will no longer be a problem for you this winter. In addition, these can also be installed on the staircase, making it a ‘snow-free zone’ and reducing the risk of falling on the floor which is common if it is covered with snow. Radiant floor heating proves to be a convenient and affordable technology for heating indoor as well as the outdoor area of your home. In addition it is easy to install and can even be done by you, without much professional guidance.

All this; convenient, comfortable, cost-effective, easy to install and energy saving features, make radiant floor heating the best heating option to keep the house warm and cozy during winter season.

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Snow no longer a menace

June 27, 2010

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Snow, even though beautiful can be dangerous and lead to accidents with varying degree of outcomes. However, one can easily avoid the menace by making use of the snow melting system. This is extremely helpful in removing the snow and ice from the driveways, walkways, stairways and garages, among others. Hence, you can bid goodbye to a messy winter by installing the snow melting system.

The snow melting system is generally installed on the exterior surfaces and concrete driveways to keep them snow-free and safe year round. It also eliminates the hassles of plowing, icy spills as well as backbreaking shoveling and de-icing. In addition, it also secures the concrete from the potential damages caused by snow-removal equipment and corrosive de-ices. Generally, installed in concrete, asphalt or under pavers, during the construction; these can also be retrofitted into the existing slabs.

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The snow melting system offers a cost effective way of eliminating the snow menace. Further, these have minimal maintenance requirements as these have no moving parts to wear out. Moreover, the advancement in the technology provides it with ‘artificial intelligence’, where the system is designed to function only when necessary. This technology provides it with advanced temperature and snow sensing controls that automatically turn on when snow is falling. Hence, the snow melting system helps in conserving power, along with reducing the operation costs. Further, in comparison to the salt and chemicals used for melting snow, it is also an environment friendly option.

When it comes to the installation of the snow melting systems, there are certain points that you need to keep into consideration, such as; you have to determine the area where you want to install it, along with deciding the places where you have to install the junction boxes. You also need to determine the heat output required to have optimum heating, which mostly depends on the weather conditions. You must have a proper layout; take extra precaution while deciding about the installation of systems on the stairs and ramps. Further, care must be taken to ensure that the mats and cables are evenly spaced over the entire area to have uniform heating, with better results. If needed, you can take assistance of experts, to ensure that the design you have selected will work properly. Moreover, it is always advisable to work out a plan in advance, rather than regretting later in case the plan fails. Generally, the snow melting systems are installed in the driveways, parking areas, walkways, ramps and stairs.

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Using the ‘intelligent’ snow melting system eliminates the problems encountered due to snow, as well as adds value to your home. It not only helps in avoiding injuries sustained due to slipping on snow, but also eliminates the hassle of plowing and shoveling after snowfall. Snow melting systems not only prove highly beneficial & convenient but are absolutely safe as well. Therefore, before the start of this winter season, invest in the snow melting system to set your mind at ease and have a pleasant time.

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Options for warm flooring

May 29, 2010

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You might have installed effective heating systems in your house to tackle the winter chills, but the problem of cold floor will still remain. Stepping on the cold floor can be quite uncomfortable, irrespective of the heated air in the house. It is for this reason that you should look at ways of ensuring that your floor remains warm and comfortable during the winter seasons.

One of the most popular ways of ensuring a warm floor is using a radiant floor heating system. Other ways include insulating the basement ceiling and using rugs on the floor. Your choice of a floor heating option will depend on various factors such as your budget, the size of your rooms and the construction of your house. Apart from keeping your feet warm, a heated floor will also save on your energy costs by minimizing the use of your main heating system.

One of the main reasons for a cold floor is the chill air in the basement. It is for this reason that you should look at insulating your basement ceiling to ensure that the floor above remains warm. However, insulating the basement ceiling will make that area even cooler; therefore, you should insulate the basement ceiling only if you do not spend much time there. In case you spend a considerable amount of time in the basemen then you should look at insulating the basement walls instead. This will warm the floor above along with keeping the basement warm as well.

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If you do not wish to insulate your basement then covering your floor with rugs would be effective. This is a cost effective solution that is ideal for small sized floors. In case you wish to warm your entire house, or a large floor area of the house then you should consider a radiant floor heating system.

A typical radiant floor heating system consists of electric resistance elements that are installed beneath the flooring of a room. These radiant floor heating systems use radiated heat to warm the floors, thereby resulting in maximum effectiveness. Furthermore, one of the biggest advantages of a radiant floor heating system is that it not only warms the floor, but also warms the entire room. This results in an increase in the temperature of the house, thereby allowing you to turn down your main thermostat by a few degrees. The heat emitted by these systems does not dry your skin, as the heat of a blow air heating system does. It is due to such advantages that installing a radiant floor heating system has become the preferred choice of numerous homeowners.

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There are numerous ways by which you could ensure warm floors even during the cold winter seasons. Out of all the methods, installing a radiant floor heating system is probably the most effective one. These systems are generally quite easy to install, and consume minimal electricity. One of the biggest advantages of these floor heating systems is that they can be installed beneath different types of flooring, be it stone, ceramic or hardwood.

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Radiant Snow melting A must for your winter preparation

May 10, 2010

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Although the winter season brings with it beautiful snowfall and visually appealing scenes, one of the major problems associated with this season is that of accumulated snow around the house. Not only is snow accumulation on driveways problematic, but snow can also make stairs and patios dangerous and prone to accidents. Every year, a number of individuals slip and hurt themselves due to accumulated snow. It is for this reason that a product was required that could effectively melt away snow from drive ways, stairs and side-walks.

Thankfully, technological advancements have resulted in a revolutionary product in the form of electric snow melting. The concept of a snow melting mats or spools is relatively simple, yet quite effective. A snow melting mat can be easily installed beneath your driveway, side walk or stairs to ensure that the area remains free from accumulated snow.

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One of the most widely preferred uses of a snow melting mat is beneath a wheelchair ramp. Anyone with a person in a wheel chair in their home would know how difficult it gets to clear out accumulated snow from the wheelchair ramp. Now you can easily install a snow melting mat beneath the wheelchair ramp and keep it safe to use all year round.

A numbers of people spray their drive ways and other snow affected areas in the house with harsh chemicals and salts to keep them snow free. Although effective in the short run, this method can significantly erode and damage the areas, and can result in a lot of repairs and maintenance expenses in the future. Further, depending on your specific snow melting requirements, the electricity consumption of these snow melting mats can cost you less as compared to hiring a professional snow remover.

Most of the snow melting mats or spools that you find in the market these days can be installed beneath different types of surfaces; be it concrete, asphalt, tile or brick. Further, you can also cut these mats according to the shape of a particular area to ensure maximum utility. This adaptability of snow melting mats ensures that you can use these mats anywhere in your home to ensure complete safety during the winter season.

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It is due to such benefits and high adaptability of these snow melting mats that these are becoming a necessity for homeowners in the winter season. Not only can you ensure a snow free drive way, side walk and stairs, but can also save on the efforts of manually shoveling snow. Further, keeping the surrounding areas of your house snow free would also result in a significantly reduced number of accidents. This would ensure that you keep the liability claims against you to a minimum. Further, in case the area that you want to make snow free is of irregular shape you can use snow melting wires instead of a mat. These wires will offer the same benefits as that of a snow melting mat, with the added advantage of applicability in areas of any shape or size.

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Radiant floor heating: Enjoy an extended summer!

February 28, 2010

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Is the approaching winter sending a chill down your spine?  Well, it’s time to bid adieu to those icy cold floors and herald a new era of radiant floor heating in your home!  Our floor heating solutions provide a very safe and reliable option of enjoying the warmth of the sun right inside your home! These electric floor heating solutions will have a very soothing effect on your mind and keep your family warm and comfortable all through the winter.

Sun Touch Radiant floor heating employs the use of electrical devices to keep your premises warm.  The radiant floor heating kit consists of a radiant mat and various other products which adhere to stringent electrical standards and are therefore completely safe for your family!  The radiant mats have an ‘S’ pattern wire construction and produce 12 watts/ square foot of heat thereby ensuring complete comfort!

The unique selling proposition of our radiant floor heating products is the patented technology which allows it to register almost zero electro-magnetic forces (EMF)!  EMF can be a big issue of concern while selecting a floor heating product and can render most of the products hazardous.  The unique twin wire construction of the Sun Touch radiant floor heating system ensures that it is in a class of its own and completely safe for your family!

The Sun Touch radiant floor heating also offers the industry’s first open weave construction thus allowing for easy installation.  The single power lead also makes it easier to connect the mat to the control.  The product offers different levels of heating and is hence suitable for both industrial and residential purposes!  With a slew of certifications from the most trusted agencies in the world you surely have a winner in your hand!

Sun Touch radiant heat flooring will illuminate your life with the warmth of a sun-kissed Caribbean beach!  It is completely safe and capable of maintaining an optimum temperature.  The product also comes with a loud mouth monitor which ensures that the floor warming system is installed correctly. So, get ready to bask in this endless warmth!

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Radiant floor heating systems: An affordable luxury

February 21, 2010

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You may have installed a state of the art, ‘thermostat controlled heating system’ in your house, but you may not be aware that there still would be a significant temperature difference between the air temperature and the floor temperature.  It is this temperature difference that results in a lot of discomfort and forces people to look out for a floor heating solution.

Radiant floor heating systems offer luxurious yet affordable solutions to the problem of cold floors.  Contrary to common belief, installing and using radiant floor heating systems is quite easy and uncomplicated.  Basically there are two main types of floor heating systems; ‘Hydronic’ and ‘Electric’. A Hydronic floor heating system uses a network of pipes to carry hot water below the floor, thereby heating it. However, due to the complex nature of this system, electric floor heating systems have become more popular.

People who are concerned about the visual impact of these radiant floor heating systems need not worry since these systems can be installed beneath any type of flooring. Be it tiles, hardwood, laminates or carpets; the compact dimensions of a radiant floor heating system ensure that there are no visible effects on the aesthetics of your room.

A few reputed radiant floor heating systems, such as SunTouch, can be customized according to your specific requirements, thereby enabling you to install these systems in rooms of any size and dimensions. In case you feel that your kitchen and bathroom are the two areas that require floor heating, you can get custom designed floor heating solutions from reputed companies such as SunTouch.

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One of the major issues that make people skeptical about indulging in this luxury is that of Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF). It is generally feared that a radiant electric floor heating system would significantly raise the EMF levels, which would have a negative effect on people. Although this concern is genuine for electric floor heating systems having a single wire; products such as SunTouch radiant floor heating systems have a unique twisted dual wire technology. This unique structure works effectively in reducing the EMF thereby eliminating the ill effects associated with it.

Since these radiant floor heating systems work on electricity it is natural for people to worry about the operating costs associated with them.  However, a number of radiant floor systems have an inbuilt thermostat that you can use to control the usage as per your requirements. This ensures that there is no wastage of energy, thereby lowering your power consumption. Further, by using these floor-heating systems you would be able to turn down your main thermostat by a few degrees and still maintain a comfortable environment and adding on to your savings at the same time.

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Therefore it becomes evident that although a radiant floor heating system is nothing less than a luxury, it is still quite efficient and affordable. So you can go in for a radiant floor heating system and enjoy its warmth without worrying about the costs or maintenance associated with it.

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How to select the best radiant electric floor heating system

February 18, 2010

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Although floors made up of tiles and hardwood are aesthetically beautiful, they can get uncomfortably cold during the winters. You might have installed the best dry-air heating system in your house but there would still be a difference between the floor and the air temperature.  In order to eliminate this difference in temperature you would require an efficient floor heating system.

While the decision of installing radiant floor heating systems is an easy one, deciding on which one to install can be quite complex.  Since this concept has become quite popular you would find an abundance of electric floor heating systems in the market.  However, not all products would suit your specific requirements and it is essential to make the right choice in order to achieve maximum benefits.

Ease of installation is an important factor that you must keep in mind while deciding on a radiant floor heating system. Reputed radiant floor heating systems such as those manufactured by SunTouch are quite easy to install and can be used in rooms of any dimension or size. A floor heating system that requires complex tools and equipments to install would not only be more expensive but would also be more difficult to maintain.

Another factor that you must consider while purchasing a floor heating system is its heat output. In case you simply want warm floors, a low output floor heater should be selected; however, in case you want to heat the entire room you should select a floor heating system that has a higher output. By carefully analyzing your specific requirements you would be able to achieve significant savings in your power bills in the long run.

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Although most radiant floor heating systems have a thermostat control, the options available in those thermostat control varies from product to product. Therefore, it would be beneficial to look at the thermostat control options offered by different radiant floor heating systems. High quality products, such as those offered by SunTouch, enable the users to program the thermostats for different times of the day. This would enable you to program the thermostat to start heating an hour before you wake up in the morning and ensure that you do not step on cold floors again.

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Finally, the most important aspect of a floor heating system that should be considered before making a final purchase decision is the EMF exposure associated with it. Since radiant floor heating systems use electricity, there is a genuine concern regarding EMF exposure. It is for this specific reason that you should install a floor heating system that has a dual wire structure. This dual wire structure minimizes the EMF levels significantly and reduces the negative effects associated with it.

A little effort during the initial stages of selecting a radiant floor heating system would pay beneficial dividends in the future. Not only would you be able to achieve the desired level of heating but would also be able to reduce the daily operating costs associated with using this technology.

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Go green with radiant electric floor heating

February 13, 2010

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Heating up your homes and trying to keep it warm and cozy is a tough job during winters. Especially for people living in regions that experience chilly winters and snowfall, it becomes all the more necessary to keep the floors and walls warm throughout the day. There are various heating options available like gas furnaces, electric base board heat, wood and boilers but most of them are quite costly, use up a lot of energy and are not entirely environmental friendly. The only solution to this is radiant electric floor heating systems which works on the principle of thermal heat radiation and is gaining in popularity as a mainstream heating option in homes, offices, industrial places etc.

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A radiant floor heating system is usually installed beneath the flooring or inside concrete slabs and this system heats up the entire area from the ground, up into the living area above. These heating systems are user friendly, comfortable, silent in operation and friendly to the environment. Moreover they can be installed underneath any kind of flooring. The electric radiant heating system is very easy to install, comes at a highly affordable price and is perfect for small bedrooms, bathroom and for homes under renovated.

These systems usually consist of electric floor heating mats which are embedded in a thin layer of concrete across the floor. SunTouch electric floor heat mat kit is a complete installation kit which has all the materials necessary for a perfect installation. It consists of a heating mat, programmable thermostat 500670, loudmouth installation monitor, double sided tape, installation DVD and an installation manual. This kit is designed to warm stone and tile floors and can be used in bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms or any other part of the house. The ‘dry’ radiant electric floor heating systems are appropriate for pre-existing structures without having to enclose the coils and heating tubes in concrete flooring.

Radiant floor heating systems are equally effective if installed under hardwood floorings. The only precaution to be taken is to dry out the slab and subfloor before installing the wood flooring. Any moisture left on the slab can enter the wood flooring as soon as heat is turned on which can result in expansion, contraction, shrinkage or cracking of floors. Such heating systems can also be installed under linoleum or vinyl flooring.

There are various benefits of radiant electric floor heating systems as compared to other form of heating systems. Radiant floor heating systems do not create any kind of breeze or air like forced air heating. Moreover, these systems are very comfortable and consistent, easy to install, save energy, do not dry out the air and do not spread dust or allergens and are therefore highly environment friendly. Unlike heating systems which use water pipes or boilers radiant electric heating systems cut down the risk of breakage and leakage of water pipes. The radiant electric floor heating system transfers heat evenly to all places inside the house and is also vey helpful for people suffering from allergies and asthma.

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Additional benefits of a radiant floor heating system

February 13, 2010

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People around the globe have realized that by installing a radiant floor heating system they can reduce the discomforts caused due to cold floors in winters. However, apart from this obvious utility offered by a radiant floor heating system, it extends various other benefits to the users as well.

One such benefit offered by a radiant floor heating system is that it can be installed without hampering the visual aesthetics of a room. Due to the compact dimensions of these systems, they can be easily placed below the flooring and would not significantly raise the floor level. Further, these radiant floor heating systems are quite flexible and can be used along with any type of flooring; be it tiles, hardwood or carpet. The compact dimensions and flexibility offered by these radiant floor heating systems ensure that they can be used without worrying about their aesthetic impact on the house.

Not only do radiant floor heating systems warm the floor; they also help in maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the house. The problem with traditional heating systems is that the heat released by them gradually rises to the ceiling, thereby leaving the floors cold. Radiant floor heating systems will not only eliminate this temperature difference inside a room, but will also enable you to turn down your main thermostat by a few degrees. This reduction in the main thermostat will ensure that you achieve a significant saving in your power bills in the long run.

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Most homes that use a forced air heating system have to install a humidifier as well to counter the effects of dry air. However, since a radiant floor heating system uses radiant heat, there is no effect on the moisture levels in the house, which further results in reduced electrical usage costs.

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A number of reputed radiant floor heating products, like those manufactured by SunTouch, are available in the form of heating mats that can be cut into different shapes and sizes. This adaptability ensures that you can use these radiant floor heating systems as per your requirements. These radiant floor heating mats can be cut to create a warm patch below the shower or alongside your furniture. You can customize these systems as per yours specific requirements and create a warm and comfortable environment inside your house.

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One of the prime benefits offered by a radiant floor heating system is its maintenance free working. Since these systems do not have moving components or complex circuits, they work effectively with minimal maintenance requirements for a long period of time. All that you need to do is install these radiant floor heating systems once and enjoy their benefits without unnecessarily spending time or money in repairs and maintenance.

It is due to such utility and convenience offered by radiant floor heating systems that they are widely replacing the traditional methods of heating in most homes. However, in order to enjoy these benefits you need to select a radiant floor heating system that is of the highest quality. So make the right purchase decision and enjoy the numerous benefits that are being offered by radiant floor heating systems.

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From hypocaust to radiant floor heating. The EMF Issue

February 6, 2010

From hypocaust to radiant floor heating

Electric floor heating technology is widely considered as a contemporary engineering marvel; whereas the fact is, that its history can be traced back to the Roman era. The Roman floor heating system was based on hypocaust, which comprised of a furnace and empty spaces below the floor. The furnace would be lit and the smoke would pass through the empty spaces below the floor, thereby effectively heating it.

Although this concept went into the background after the Roman era ended, it emerged, a few decades back, in the form of electric floor heating. Due to the high utility and various advantages offered by this technology, it has evolved into a basic household necessity. The increasing popularity of electric floor heating systems is due the shift, from carpet flooring to aesthetic hardwood, ceramic and tile flooring. Although these innovative flooring options are visually appealing, they can get significantly cold during the winters, thereby increasing the demand for an effective floor heating solution.

Modern day radiant floor heating systems are flexible and can be ideally used to heat any room in the house. The radiant heat emitted by these floor heating systems creates an environment similar to that of a warm summer day. The radiant floor heating system enables you to set the thermostat to heat the floor an hour before you wake up. There can be nothing more satisfying than feeling the natural warmth of the sun under your feet on a cold winter morning.

Radiant floor systems can be considered as a part of the green technology since they result in significant saving on electricity. The radiant heat emitted by these systems effectively transfers to your feet and body; allowing you to turn down your main heating thermostat by a few degrees.

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EMF- Electro Magnetic fields

Since radiant floor heating systems produce heat electrically, one of the major concerns people have is that of the increasing exposure to Electromagnetic fields (EMF). Although we are exposed to about 1 unit of Electromagnetic fields in our daily lives, the use of an electronic floor heater can significantly raise this exposure. Thankfully, a few reputed products, such as SunTouch, have been devised in a way to reduce this exposure to Electromagnetic fields. This reduction of EMF has been made possible due to the unique wire construction of these radiant floor heating systems. Since EMF interferes with telephones, pacemakers and radio, you would be able to negate this ill-effect by selecting a reputed radiant floor heating system.

It can be rightly said that floor heating technology has come a long way, from the roman hypocaust, to the modern day radiant floor heating systems. These floor heating systems are highly sophisticated in their design and do not even require much effort for installation. The compact nature of these systems ensures that there is no significant raise in your floor level. Therefore, it makes complete sense to go in for a radiant floor heating solution for your house and enjoy the warmth beneath your feet irrespective of the weather outside.

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