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How Much Does A Heated Bathroom Floor Cost?

Waking up in the middle of the night, leaving one's warm bed and walking into a tiled bathroom can be an unpleasant experience, especially if the bathroom floor tiling is cold on one's bare feet. Homeowners who have grown tired of this discomfort have the option to install bathroom floor heating systems as a way of keeping their tiled floor nice and warm, even on the coldest of days. This makes barefoot trips to the bathroom more comfortable and is a nice luxurious touch to add to any home. 

Many homeowners are under the assumption that having this type of flooring installed at one's home is extremely expensive. In reality, prices for tile floor heating have grown increasingly affordable over the course of the past decade or so, making the cost from $5 to $8 per square foot.

The Costs

  • The average reported cost to install bathroom floor heating for 100 square feet is $600.

  • The minimum average cost reported for installing bathroom floor heating for 100 square feet is $475.

  • The maximum reported cost for installing bathroom floor heating for 100 square feet is $725.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Radiant Heat vs. Hydronic Heating

Homeowners considering the option of having heated floors installed may want to start by gaining a better understanding of how these floor heaters work. Essentially, there are two options when it comes to heating systems for bathroom tiling. Electric radiant heating systems are the most common choice; such a system relies on an electrical current that gets applied to a heating element. Usually, the heating element consists of coils that run underneath the floors themselves. This type of system requires the help of an experienced electrician to install, as the coils must be connected to an electric current. The great thing about this type of system is that the heat is electricity-based, which makes it relatively affordable to run, even during the coldest months of the year.

On the flip side, electric radiant heating systems are typically more expensive than the other option of hydronic heating. The installation process is complicated, which results in higher labor costs. Still, many homeowners prefer this type over the other option.

Hydronic floor heating systems are becoming increasingly popular these days. They essentially work by the use of conduction, convection and radiation using a liquid. In most cases, this liquid is water. These heating systems are also installed underneath the tile flooring, but instead of electric coils, there are actually tubes that run underneath the flooring. This type of system is ideal for homeowners with boiler systems already in the home as the boiler system is essential for conducting and heating the water in the tubes. From there, the tubes conduct heat onto the flooring above them. The flooring then radiates the heat through the top of the tiles, producing a warm sensation.

The great thing about hydronic flooring is that because it uses water to heat the floors, it is cheaper in terms of monthly operating costs than a system that uses electricity. On the other hand, however, a home that is not already equipped with a boiler system can make the installation of a hydronic heater much more expensive in terms of labor.

Overall Benefits of Bathroom Floor Heating

While each individual option of bathroom floor heating comes with its inherent advantages and disadvantages, having heated floors in general is a great luxury. Such a system can save homeowners money by allowing them to keep the temperature in their homes lower during the colder months of the year without having to worry about their floors being cold. Middle-of-the-night trips to the restroom become less dreadful, as there is no longer any worry about the floors being uncomfortably cold on bare feet.

Furthermore, a bathroom floor heating system is a great selling point for those considering to list a home on the market. Because floor heating is considered to be a luxury, many potential buyers may be impressed by a home that comes equipped with such a system. At the same time, this can increase the overall resale value of the home down the road. Therefore, even though it requires an initial investment of several hundred dollars to install a bathroom floor heating system, many homeowners would agree that the additional comfort and resale value are more than worth the cost in the long run.

Costs and Considerations for Bathroom Floor Heating

In addition to paying for materials, the total cost of a bathroom floor heating project can vary depending on whether the installation company includes labor as part of the estimate or not. If not, homeowners should expect to spend between an additional $200 and $400 in these costs alone.

Furthermore, the cost will also vary based on the surface area of the bathroom floor. Homeowners should get a better idea of how much material they will need by measuring the length and multiplying it by the width of the bathroom space. The larger the space, the higher the costs of materials and installation will be.

Of course, homeowners will also need to decide which type of heating system is right for them based on their budgets and their specific needs. The pros and cons of each system should also be considered in order to make the right decision.

The best way to get a great deal on a bathroom floor heating system is to work with a contractor who has specific experience with this type of work. However, homeowners should always check to make sure that contractors are licensed and insured before working with them. Comparing estimates and quotes among local contractors, in addition to reading reviews of each contractor, is a great way to eventually make the right choice regarding who to hire for the installation.

Overall, heated bathroom floors can be a great luxury for any homeowner, and the cost of having this done is typically less expensive than many would expect. Bathroom floor heating adds comfort and potentially resale value to a home.

Last updated on Aug 15, 2016

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