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Tile is the perfect bathroom flooring surface for a number of reasons, but in the winter time it can be the source of some rude awakenings.

The solution is radiant floor heating. These systems are installed beneath the flooring material to gently heat it from the underside. Because heat rises, they also provide supplemental heating for the whole room.

Depending on the system’s size and location that extra heat can lead to lower thermostat settings and lower your utility bills. The heat is delivered through electric resistance heating wires or small tubes that carry hot water, depending on the system.

Either type of system can be easily installed during new construction, but a retrofit situation will require removing the existing flooring, since the heat source is located beneath it.