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Rated 5 out of 5Â by JimAtlanta A Very Good Choice
Have done this system in three separate bathrooms over the past ~8 years; I highly recommend it.
It's not quite so simple as "unroll it and tack it down", but it is very do-able if you take your time and follow the directions.
One tip: do *not* assume that the heat will radiate more than about 1" laterally from the coils. I found this out when I laid the system out in a way that did not heat the footprint of the cabinet/vanity that was going to go on top of the floor. What I didn't account for was the toe kick area at the bottom of the vanity and there was about a 2" wide area where your toes go that wasn't heated!
May 31, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5Â by M4R14 This is a really neat product. We are "do-it-yourselfers" who, last fall, added a 6' x 11' mudroom in the back of our unheated garage. We bought the Sun Touch mats to heat the floor, hoping that they would also adequately heat the room itself. We installed two mats on an insulated sub floor, built over the cement slab of the garage. Not only does it heat the room very nicely, (in Michigan winters!), it actually throws quite a bit of extra heat into the adjoining family room. The directions were easy to understand and the installation was also easy. The heating wires seem pretty tough, just make sure you don't chop them with the edge of your trowel as you lay the thin-set. Also make sure that as you lay the ceramic tile, you keep checking the ohm resistance of the mats. Once it warms up, the floor gets nice and toasty. It's wonderful to kick off your snowy boots and just stand on it. :-)
May 12, 2006
Rated 4 out of 5Â by SgtLew Give it Time
This SunTouch floor warming mat is a treat for your toes- but give it time to install correctly and give it time to warm up.
If installing ceramic tile with thinset, extra mortar will be needed to account for the thickness of the mat. Grooves should be cut in the underlayment to lay the sensor wire and power feed so they do not protrude above the mat wires. Regular staples may not work to secure the mat to tile backer, so heavy duty electrical staples or hot glue may be used.
The warming system takes some time to get up to temperature, so a programmable thermostat is best to ensure the floor is warm when needed. If there is a forced-air heating duct in the room, it may be blocked to allow the floor warming system to keep the room warm using less energy.
Overall this is a great product, though overpriced a bit if you consider that this is basically just a heating element woven into a flimsy rubber mat. It certainly adds an element of luxury to any bathroom or kitchen.
November 13, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5Â by VBCAM Great Floor Heat
The mats are great to layout and in the mat format much better for covering area. It should be noted that the mats need to be cut a little to get the leads long enough to reach the side of the room(mats should not cover complete surface)
February 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Gbert14 SunTouch Mats are Fantastic
This is a fantastic product! We put it over an existing slab, with a 3mm cork underlayment underneath it. We then installed the SunTouch mats (2) with thinset and then re-tiled. We have yielded a 16 degree increase in our tile warmth - the floor was 57 and is now 73 on the coldest night this year (outside temp was single digits!). We are totally thrilled with the product! The instructions are fantastic, and very easy to follow.
January 23, 2007