When you add warmth to your floor, you add a touch of luxury that brings your flooring experience to a whole new level. Imagine bare feet walking across a nice cozy floor in the middle of a Manitoba winter or as you jump out of bed first thing in the morning, or right after a nice relaxing bath.
When properly installed, a heated floor is a beautiful investment and adds to your resale value too. To protect the integrity of your investment, floors need to be protected from multiple angles: from underneath, at perimeters and transitions, and within large expansions.
DITRA-HEAT is the only electric floor warming system that directly incorporates uncoupling technology to ensure that floors are not susceptible to cracked tiles and grout. Cables can be placed wherever heat is desired for customized heating zones, and no leveling compounds are required, which makes for a quick and easy installation.
With the proven technology of the DITRA uncoupling membrane incorporated in the design, DITRA-HEAT provides the ideal solution for bringing comfort and floor warming to any floor.
DITRA-HEAT is the only system that provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer. Uncoupling refers to the act of preventing any movement and stress that occurs in the subfloor from transferring through to the tile above, thus preventing cracked tiles and grout.
Let’s have a look at two scenarios for heated floors, both featuring the DITRA-HEAT system. Each of the two applications below is a complete DITRA-HEAT floor warming system, but cover two different flooring substrates to optimize their use: DITRA-HEAT for use on plywood or OSB substrates and DITRA-HEAT-DUO with an integrated thermal break for use on concrete substrates.
Electric heating cables: Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT-E-HK
DITRA-HEAT-E-HK are heating cables that can be snapped into place, without the use of clips or fasteners. The entire tile floor can be heated, or cables can be placed to create customized heating zones. The DITRA-HEAT-EK cables are held securely within the DITRA-HEAT mat, so no self-leveling compounds are needed to encapsulate the heating cables. The installer has complete flexibility on where the cables are placed so every installation is customized to suit the exact requirements of the owner. And instead of waiting for a leveling compound to set, tile installation can begin immediately, resulting in a much faster installation.
Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT-E-HK are twisted pair heating cables designed for integration with the DITRA-HEAT uncoupling membrane in interior floor warming applications.
Cables snap into the membrane; clips and fasteners are not required
No self-levelers required to encapsulate the cables; installation time significantly reduced
Movement Joints: Movement joints are an integral part of any tile assembly. The various components of a tile assembly (tile, mortar, substrate, etc.) expand and contract according to each component’s intrinsic physical properties with changes in moisture, temperature, and loading, resulting in internal stresses. Schluter®-Systems’ prefabricated movement joint profiles protect tile edges and prevent sound bridges and surface water penetration, resulting in a permanent, maintenance-free installation.
Because ceramic and stone tiles are inherently brittle, their exposed edges can chip and crack if left unprotected. Transitions between floor surfaces and at thresholds are particularly vulnerable to damage. Schluter®-Profiles provide edge protection and transitioning at thresholds and between adjacent surfaces, resulting in durable, maintenance-free tiled coverings.
Combine the beauty of a new floor from Jenkins – The Flooring People along with the comfort of an electric floor warming system to bring a touch of luxury into any room of the home.