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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Square Shower Drain: For sparkling clean showers

February 2, 2010

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Did you know that natural stones like travertine are making a glorious return to your showers! Yes, the presence of stone lends elegance to your bathroom and adds a scintillating zing which is reminiscent of middle ages! A shower drain is an important part of your bathroom which ensures that your bathroom is always dry and clean! The modern day bathroom equipment will allow you to have a wonderful and refreshing time in your shower!

The new age Ebbe Square shower drains are screw free which makes them very user friendly and easy to remove! Absence of screws makes it possible to retrieve precious rings which may be trapped inside. It also helps in regular cleaning of your drain! The additional puller makes the shower drain even more functional.

Along with the shower drains the travertine shelves will also lend your shower a very organized look! Travertine showers bring a much needed fresh room into the urban bathrooms and add a rustic charm! The travertine benches will also provide a very comfortable experience and help you to have a completely rejuvenating shower!

Flooring Supply Shop offers shower drains and various other plumbing materials. The website offers complete information about the company.

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Radiant floor heating: As safe as the Sun!

February 2, 2010

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doesn’t your kid love to play around on the floors of your home? Well, now you can ensure the highest degree of comfort and safety for him with the help of radiant floor heating! It is a unique and innovative process which brings a lot of warmth to your interiors and helps you ensure a comfortable time for your kids! The radiant floors will also enhance the aesthetics of your interiors!

Radiant floor heating is an involved process which involves the use of electricity to keep your interiors warm. The entire process involves the careful use of electrical equipment to achieve the desired temperature. Radiant floor heating proves to be a very cost effective method for heating the interiors and creating a warm and comfortable interior!

One of the most important factors which should be kept in mind while selecting a radiant floor heating system is its ability to counter EMF (Electromagnetic Forces). A low EMF is important to ensure healthy surroundings for your kids as continuous exposure to electromagnetic forces can have a telling effect on the health of your loved ones! A Sun Touch radiant heat flooring system has a very low EMF and ensures maximum protection for your home.

A Sun Touch floor heating system clearly stands out from its competitors owing to its unique feature of reducing the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)! EMF is radiated from all electrical gadgets and an over exposure can have an adverse effect on your health. However Sun Touch heat flooring systems are equipped with a dual wire shield which keeps EMF at bay and allows you to have a healthy and warm experience!

The effectiveness of a Sun Touch radiant heat flooring system to counter the harmful electromagnetic forces has been acknowledged by REET (Radiant Electric Emission Test) which adopts stringent measures to establish the effectiveness of a radiant floor heating system! Its patented dual wire shield technology is what gives Sun Touch systems this unique ability!

Flooring Supply Shop offers electric floor heating and various other plumbing products to offer you a comfortable and warm indoor experience. The company offers an exciting range of products like travertine soap case and porcelain benches to ensure that you have a fabulous experience.

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Radiant heat flooring As warm as it gets

February 2, 2010

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Do you want to enjoy the radiance of a sun kissed beach right inside your home? Well, now you can create a perfect environment of warmth and radiance inside your home with the help of radiant floor heating! It is the safest and a really cost effective method of bringing the warmth of the Sun kissed beach right inside your living room!

Radiant heat flooring is a holistic process which involves the use of electricity to warm the floors of your interiors! The entire process employs the use of electricity and hence needs to be carried out with a lot of precision! Radiant heat flooring creates a very comfortable ambiance in your interiors and is very soothing for your senses!

One of the most important factors which you should take into consideration while choosing radiant heat flooring system is its EMF impact. Electro Magnetic Forces (EMF) are radiated from almost all types of electrical gadgets and it is important to control their exposure as it can have a serious impact on your health. The Sun Touch radiant floor heating solutions have a very low EMF and so is simply perfect for your interiors!

The twisted dual wire shielding technology plays an important role in reducing the effects of electromagnetic forces coming from your radiant floor heating! Even stringent testing procedures like REET or Radiant Electric Emission Test have found Sun Touch EMF cancellations capabilities credible! A low EMF makes the radiant floor heating very safe and perfectly suitable for various uses in your home!

You can not only create a warm and comfortable atmosphere inside your home but also have a stupendous shower experience with shower recesses and bathroom accessories stone! These products will add a lot of glaze to your shower and offer you a truly rejuvenating experience! Modern day floors are also very safe and anti slip to prevent mishaps. So just enjoy a cool and refreshing shower!

Flooring Supply Shop offers radiant floor heating and various other products for your floors and showers. The company’s website is also very secure and ensures that all your important financial details are kept completely secure.

The website provides complete information about the company and the products!

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Electric floor heating: A new Sunrise!

February 2, 2010

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The elements of nature can bring a perfect sense of harmony to your lives! Now you can enjoy the warmth of the Sun in your interiors with electric floor heating! Electric floor heating products employ the use of safe processes to lend warmth to your home! Electric floor heating can help you enjoy a nice and warm shower or have a great time in the kitchen!

Electric floor heating employs the use of electricity to warm your floors. A good electrical floor heating system replicates the effects created by the Sun in your interiors! Floor heating ensures a warm and comfortable environment in your house besides providing safety to your family. It also brings the warmth of the Sun in your home!

A Sun Touch floor heating system clearly stands out from its competitors owing to its unique feature of reducing the Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)! EMF is radiated from all the electrical gadgets and an over exposure to the same can have an adverse effect on your health. However Sun Touch heat flooring systems are equipped with a dual wire shield which keeps EMF at bay and allows you to have a healthy and warm experience!

The credibility of the Sun Touch Electric floor heating systems has been established by germane certifications like REET (Radiant Electric Emission Test). However little care is also necessary to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the floors. For instance, latex modified mortars can prove to be the perfect bonding coat for your floors!

Along with flooring materials, the entire portfolio of flooring products includes an exciting range of stone materials to lend a rustic charm to your shower! The glazed stones and porcelain benches bring back the Mediterranean charm to your bathroom and will make you feel like a prince! The shower recessed shelves also lend a very clean appearance to your shower! They offer a lot of space to store your shower accessories and lend your bathroom a spa like appearance to rejuvenate your senses!

Flooring Supply Shop offers electric floor heating and fiber glass shower pans. The company also provides various products like shower pans and radiant floor heating solutions which are important for the purpose of flooring.

For complete information visit our web site about the company.

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Radiant heating is more efficient than baseboard heating or forced-air heating

January 6, 2010

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating systems involve supplying heat directly to the floor or to panels in the wall or ceiling of a house. The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer: the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via the radiation of heat, which is also called infrared radiation. Radiant heating is the effect you feel when you can feel the warmth of a hot stovetop element from across the room. When radiant heating is located in the floor, it is often called radiant floor heating or simply floor heating.

Radiant heating has a number of advantages: it is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts. The lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with severe allergies. Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for homes off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. The hydronic systems can also be heated with a wide variety of energy sources, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or some combination of these heat sources.

Despite their name, radiant floor heating systems also depend heavily on convection, the natural circulation of heat within a room, caused by heat rising from the floor. Radiant floor heating systems are significantly different than the radiant panels used in walls and ceilings. For this reason, the following sections discuss radiant floor heat and radiant panels separately.

Radiant Floor Heat

There are three types of radiant floor heat: radiant air floors (air is the heat-carrying medium); electric radiant floors; and hot water (hydronic) radiant floors. All three types can be further subdivided by the type of installation: those that make use of the large thermal mass of a concrete slab floor or lightweight concrete over a wooden subfloor (these are called “wet installations”); and those in which the installer “sandwiches” the radiant floor tubing between two layers of plywood or attaches the tubing under the finished floor or subfloor (“dry installations”).

Types of Radiant Floor Heat

Air-Heated Radiant Floors

Because air cannot hold large amounts of heat, radiant air floors are not cost-effective in residential applications, and are seldom installed. Although they can be combined with solar air heating systems, those systems suffer from the obvious drawback of only being available in the daytime, when heating loads are generally lower. Because of the inefficiency of trying to heat a home with a conventional furnace by pumping air through the floors, the benefits of using solar heat during the day are outweighed by the disadvantages of using the conventional system at night. Although some early solar air heating systems used rocks as a heat-storage medium, this approach is not recommended. For further information, see the section on solar air heating systems.

Electric Radiant Floors

Electric radiant floors typically consist of electric cables built into the floor. Systems that feature mats of electrically conductive plastic are also available, and are mounted onto the subfloor below a floor covering such as tile.

Because of the relatively high cost of electricity, electric radiant floors are usually only cost-effective if they include a significant thermal mass, such as a thick concrete floor, and your electric utility company offers time-of-use rates. Time-of-use rates allow you to “charge” the concrete floor with heat during off-peak hours (approximately 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.). If the floor’s thermal mass is large enough, the heat stored in it will keep the house comfortable for eight to ten hours, without any further electrical input (particularly when daytime temperatures are significantly warmer than nighttime temperatures). This saves a considerable number of energy dollars compared to heating at peak electric rates during the day.

Electric radiant floors may also make sense for additions onto homes for which it would be impractical to extend the heating system into the addition. However, homeowners should examine other options, such as mini-split heat pumps, which operate more efficiently and have the advantage of also providing cooling.

Hydronic Radiant Floors

Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for heating-dominated climates. Hydronic radiant floor systems pump heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern underneath the floor. In some systems, the temperature in each room is controlled by regulating the flow of hot water through each tubing loop. This is done by a system of zoning valves or pumps and thermostats. The cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor varies by location and also depends on the size of the home, the type of installation, the floor covering, remoteness of the site, and the cost of labor.

Types of Floor Installations

Whether cables or tubing, the methods of installing electric and hydronic radiant systems in floors is about the same.

So-called “wet” installations embed the cables or tubing within a solid floor and are the oldest form of modern radiant floor systems. The tubing or cable can be embedded in a thick concrete foundation slab (commonly used in “slab” ranch houses that don’t have basements) or in a thin layer of concrete, gypsum, or other material installed on top of a subfloor. If concrete is used and the new floor is not on solid earth, additional floor support may be necessary because of the added weight. You should consult a professional engineer to determine the floor’s carrying capacity.

Thick concrete slab systems have high heat capacity and are ideal for storing heat from solar energy systems, which have a fluctuating heat output. The downside of the thick slabs is their slow thermal response time, which makes strategies such as night or daytime setbacks difficult if not impossible. Most experts recommend maintaining a constant temperature in homes with these heating systems.

Due to recent innovations in floor technology, so-called “dry” floors, in which the cables or tubing run in an air space beneath the floor, have been gaining in popularity, mainly because a dry floor is faster and less expensive to build. But because dry floors involve heating an air space, the radiant heating system needs to operate at a higher temperature.

Some dry installations involve suspending the tubing or cables underneath the subfloor between the joists. This method usually requires drilling through the floor joists in order to install the tubing. Reflective insulation must also be installed under the tubes to direct the heat upward. Tubing or cables may also be installed from above the floor, between two layers of subfloor. In these instances, liquid tubing is often fitted into aluminum diffusers that spread the water’s heat across the floor in order to heat the floor more evenly. The tubing and heat diffusers are secured between furring strips (sleepers), which carry the weight of the new subfloor and finished floor surface.

At least one company has improved on this idea by making a plywood subfloor material manufactured with tubing grooves and aluminum heat diffuser plates built into them. The manufacturer claims that this product makes a radiant floor system (for new construction) considerably less expensive to install and faster to react to room temperature changes. Such products also allow for the use of half as much tubing or cabling since the heat transfer of the floor is greatly improved over more traditional dry or wet floors.

Floor Coverings

Ceramic tile is the most common and effective floor covering for radiant floor heating, as it conducts heat well from the floor and adds thermal storage because of its high heat capacity. Common floor coverings like vinyl and linoleum sheet goods, carpeting, or wood can also be used, but any covering that helps to insulate the floor from the room will decrease the efficiency of the system.

If you want carpeting, use a thin carpet with dense padding and install as little carpeting as possible. If some rooms, but not all, will have a floor covering, then those rooms should have a separate tubing loop to make the system heat these spaces more efficiently. This is because the water flowing under the covered floor will need to be hotter to compensate for the floor covering. Wood flooring should be laminated wood flooring instead of solid wood. This reduces the possibility of the wood shrinking and cracking from the drying effects of the heat.

Radiant Panels

Wall- and ceiling-mounted radiant panels are usually made of aluminum and can be heated with either electricity or with tubing that carries hot water, although the latter creates concerns about leakage in wall- or ceiling-mounted systems. The majority of commercially available radiant panels for homes are electrically heated.

Like any type of electric heat, radiant panels can be expensive to operate, but they can provide supplemental heating in some rooms or can provide heat to a home addition when extending the conventional heating system is impractical.

Unlike other types of radiant heating systems, radiant panels have very low heat capacity and have the quickest response time of any heating technology. Because the panels can be individually controlled for each room, the quick response feature can potentially result in cost and energy savings compared to other systems when rooms are infrequently occupied: when entering a room, the occupant can increase the temperature setting and reach a comfortable level within minutes. But as with any system, the thermostat must be maintained at a minimum temperature that will prevent pipes from freezing.

Radiant heating panels operate on a line-of-sight basis: you’ll be most comfortable if you’re close to the panel. Some people find the ceiling-mounted systems uncomfortable, since the panels heat the top of their heads and shoulders more effectively than the rest of their body.

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SunTouch radiant heat flooring: Feel the warmth

October 2, 2009

SunTouch radiant heat flooring: Feel the warmth

The beauty of a home is accentuated by shining floors. Flooring is an integral part of home design and should be carried out with a lot of care. A complete flooring package not only ensures a cleaner home but also provides innovative solutions like heated floors. Radiant heat flooring is a superb way of keeping your floors warm and comfortable.

Flooring is the term generally used to describe the finished material applied over a floor surface to provide a walking area. The commonly used flooring materials include wood flooring, ceramic tiles, stone etc. Flooring provides an additional strength to the floor as well as an aesthetic look. There are various options available for the purpose of flooring depending upon the surface.

Flooring finds a tremendous use across various areas of the home. Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring which involves the use of a wooden surface. The use of hardwood is more popular for the purpose of flooring. The use of bamboo is becoming particularly popular for this purpose as is it is very environmental friendly.

Flooring finds a lot of applications in the entire home. For instance, the SunTouch radiant heat flooring is capable of providing perfectly warm floors for your interiors. The SunTouch radiant heat flooring mats are designed to warm the floors of your home and maintain natural warmth. It is an excellent form of electric floor heating which ensures that you enjoy the warmth of these floors.

Along with the radiant heat flooring there are various other aspects of flooring. This includes providing a complete range of solutions for bathrooms like tiles, showers etc. The flooring supply also provides kitchen accessories like sinks, faucets etc which make your kitchen efficient and smarter. Thus flooring covers all the aspects of a complete home.

Professional radiant floor heating services also provide you with an option to arrive at your flooring requirements. It is a customized service which does a need analysis and helps you to determine your flooring requirements. You can even buy these products online along with various accessories.

Flooring Supply Shop offers SunTouch radiant heat flooring. The company also provide various accessories which are important for the purpose of flooring. The website provides complete information about the company.

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March 20, 2009

After many months of joint testing by FlooringSupplyShop with Ebbe drain and Fin Pan, FlooringSupplyShop is proud to introduce their preformed shower pans with Ebbe square shower drain.  This product is  available in 11 different metal finish grades that can be replaced in seconds.

These shower pans are available only at and from Tile Depot at their physical location (5047 w Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles CA 90016)  These ready for tile shower pans make building customized shower environments simple and worry free. These are preformed waterproof components that simplify construction in some cases and make possible shapes that would be nearly impossible otherwise. They allow you to customize your shower space to suit your specific needs.

Your shower floor will become the foundation for your new shower.  It is critically important that it is properly constructed and does not ever leak.  As you may already be aware this is the area where tiled shower failures most often occur.  Spending a bit more money on a quality floor system is the best protection you can have against shower floor failure.  It’s like buying shower insurance.

Flooring Supply Shop has scoured the market to bring you the best shower floor system available. We have looked for a system that was straight and true, light weight and very easy to install into its space.  This is easy to lay tile with no difficult, messy and expensive epoxy mortar requirements. the pns are available in a large variety of standard sizes as well as custom ones.  The attractive looking, square, drain easily adjusts up or down to match the height of the tile.  This all makes our ready for tile shower pans the right choice for you.

We couldn’t find the full service shower system we were looking for anywhere on the market so we got creative.  We contacted our friends at Fin Pan and asked them to make shower floors for Flooring Supply Shop that incorporated the Ebbe Square shower drain.   Now we have the best of both worlds.   Finally, we can offer you a shower floor that meets all of your requirements.  When all the work is completed you will see the Ebbe Square drain in the center of your new shower floor fitting nicely within your floor tile, matching the finish of your plumbing. All of this makes for a shower floor system from Flooring Supply Shop that will give you results you can be proud of for forty or more years.

An Ebbe Square shower drain is already installed in to the new shower pans  making tile cutting around the drain a non-issue.   Simple cuts are easily made, saving precious time.  Ebbe drains are sized to match standard 1/2″, 1″, 2″, and 4” tile without cutting.  When cutting is needed, cuts are straight saw cuts with no grinding to match a radius. Just imagine how much easier glass mosaics will be to install.

Further Inquiries:   For those requiring technical details, installation assistance, and answers to all their questions, provides their acclaimed customer service.  These experts are there to assist with the selection and installation of PreFormed™ solutions and Ebbe square shower drains. is pleased to offer free consultations to assist customers with the selection and estimation of required materials. holds one of the largest inventories of tile supplies and provides same day shipping for online orders. Customer satisfaction is a priority which is why offers a money back guarantee on all PreFormed systems and Ebbe Square shower drains. If you’d like more information about products, or to schedule an interview with Motti Vaknin, President of the International Flooring Center, please visit us at our store International Flooring Center: 5047 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90016, call the office at 877-880-8453 or e-mail directly at

The post offers preformed shower pans with Ebbe square shower drain first appeared on Flooring Supply Shop Blog., the online distributor of International Flooring Center, Inc., has announced that it has engaged Blanke Corporation

March 19, 2009

Los Angeles, CA –, the online distributor of International Flooring Center, Inc., has announced that it has engaged Blanke Corporation … as its distributor for the Flooring system Products market in California. will sell and provide customer support services and tech support for Blanke ’s complete line of Blanke UNI-Mat PRO, Blanke PERMAT, Blanke ULTRA-DRAIN, Blanke Transition’s, Blanke AQUA SHIELD, Blanke DRAIN Mat and more including Customer support and tech support.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Motti Vaknin President of International Flooring Center, Inc. / Said: “I am exciting Blanke Corporation flooring system line. They have the most professional flooring product line with a full range of solutions for the tile industry, that can provide major advantages for our customers.”

Mr. Motti Vaknin, President of International Flooring Center, Inc. /, said: “International Flooring Center, Inc./ is pleased to represent Blanke Corporation in California. We are confident that this will be a successful relationship. knowing and testing Blanke’s product for over 2 years, we trust the product, and our customers would love it, now we will be able to deliver our full line of Blanke florring systemt quickly to our customers.

Not like Schluter system Blanke product are superior and pass the Tile Council of North America testing

With their Online Store International Flooring Center, Inc. / expands their local coverage thru out the united states including Canada and other countries.

About Blanke Corporation

Founded in 1948, Blanke and Co., the parent company of Blanke Corporation began operations forming industrial grade wire and fabricating special metal parts from brass, aluminum and rust resistant metals.

Expertise gained during these early years enabled the company to assume a leadership role in an emerging industry by becoming one of the first producers of metal trims and profiles for ceramic tile and stone installations.

For more information abut Blanke Corporation, please visit Blanke Corporation web site

For information: or Contact: Phone: 877-880-8453


If you’d like more information about our product, or to schedule an interview with Motti Vaknin, please call our office at 877-880-8453 or e-mail at

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