what is mapeheat

Mapei's electric flooring heating system installed under tile that is energy efficient, cost effective and capable of warming every square foot in your space.

how it works

Keep Your Feet Warm While Lowering Your Electricity Consumption

Tile floors can get very cold and become unpleasant to walk on at those times. A tile floor can be heated using the Mapei Electric Floor Heating System, so you can keep your feet warm and feeling comfortable all year around while lowering your heating bill. On average an electric floor heating system that is running for 8 hours a day will consume approximately $1.00 per day of hydro electricity to heat 160 square feet of area. In comparison to the cost of operating a gas furnace to heat the same size area for approximately $1.50 per day, savings amount to over 30% when using an electric floor heating system instead. The two main reasons to install a heated tile floor are quite beneficial at increasing your quality of life and efficiency of your heating system.

Heated Floors

25-Year Warranty Coverage

Along with having the most comprehensive product line of energy efficient underfloor heating products in the industry, Mapei’s Mapeheat product line carries the industry’s best-backed warranty program. This means your radiant floor heating system comes with a variety of warranty options that have simple, easy to understand requirements. Heated floors have never been so easy. Mapei offers a 25-year warranty with full coverage on the entire electric floor heating system (membrane, cable and thermostat) when installed by our certified pro installer.

  • What are the main considerations for a successful underfloor heating installation? The top three factors are:
    1. Even heat distribution: Hot spots and cold spots detract from the experience of a heated floor, so consistent watt density is critical. Accomplishing this can be easier thanks to pre-built custom mats designed specifically for the individual floor shape or a floor-heating membrane with heating cable that has flexible layout requirements (i.e. no restrictions on run length and no requirement for tension loops). 
    2. Technology upgrading: “Future-proof” the installation with WiFi thermostats featuring connectivity with multiple connected home systems (such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Nest, Control4, etc.) and also offering an Open API for custom smart-home integrations. 
    3. Excellent support: Choose manufacturers that will back their products and the completed installation for 25 years, or more. Also, make sure the warranty is not pro-rated; in other words, make sure the coverage isn’t for half the value after half of the warranty period has passed. Finally, ensure that the manufacturers have a knowledgeable technical support team that offers on-site and telephone consultation.
  • Are there special considerations when installing underfloor heating under stone versus tile? Make sure you follow the flooring manufacturer’s instructions. Plus, choose a heating system that is flexible and able to be used under multiple surfaces (quality heating systems can be installed under tile, stone, laminate, engineered wood or luxury vinyl, and in both wet and dry environments).
  • Can Mapeheat be installed under different types of flooring than tile and stone? Mapei’s Mapeheat Membrane is growing in popularity, and many wonder if they can install it with a flooring other than ceramic, porcelain or natural stone. Although these floor coverings are the most common choices, other types of flooring such as luxury vinyl tile (LVT), luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and laminate/engineered wood floors are equally well-suited for use with Mapeheat systems. With that in mind, do note that floor coverings other than ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles may result in a lower heat conductivity. Whatever the floor covering chosen, it is important to always consult the flooring manufacturer’s technical data sheets to verify the limits on a heating system during the planning stage. Before installing the floor covering, Mapeheat Membrane must first be filled with a self-leveling agent to a thickness between 1/4″ (6 mm) and 1/2″ (12 mm) above the pillars. No primer is required. All MAPEI self-levelers are recommended for this purpose.
  • Are there specific mortars and grouts that provide better long-term performance with underfloor heating systems? Mapei has a wide array of polymer-modified mortars approved for use with underfloor heating systems. One of the best from a contractor application perspective, as well as from a premier performance perspective, is Keraflex Super. This polymer-modified mortar works in conjunction with membranes like Mapeheat Membrane, offering a smooth, creamy application consistency that allows the mortar to fill the voids of the membrane with minimal effort, while providing superior bonding characteristics.
  • What’s the most common mistake that tile contractors make when installing underfloor heating systems and how can that be avoided? One common error is installing the flooring prematurely, before installing the thermostat probe and before testing for insulation, resistance and conductivity. Any of these problems are much easier to fix before the tile goes down.
    The biggest misstep is not installing a floor-heating system in the first place. Cost-wise, it’s a relatively small extra expense to add floor heating during a renovation. A homeowner is likely to regret not heating their new tile floor, and doing so adds outstanding value to their living space for years to come.
  • How can tile contractors and electricians best work in tandem to ensure a smooth installation? Communication is key. Also, work with manufacturers that have experience in dealing with both trades, ensuring that both trades are on-site when needed and are not wasting time waiting on one another. The best certification programs will cater to tile contractors and electricians alike.
  • Are there types or formats of tile that lend themselves better to an underfloor heating installation? As long as the substrate is sound, any tile or stone floor is an excellent choice for heat. Tile and stone are great thermal conductors.
  • Can Mapeheat Cable replace my electric baseboard heaters? Yes. Mapeheat Cable produces 12 W/sq. ft. (129.2 W/m2) for a heat output of 41 BTUs /sq. ft., or 15 W/sq. ft. (161.5 W/m2) for a heat output of 51 BTUs — easily heating most rooms.
  • Can I use Mapeheat Cable to replace my hot-water radiator? Yes. Mapeheat Cable is a viable alternative to water radiators. Invisible and maintenance-free, Mapeheat Cable is a perfect heating option for renovations or additions.
  • Will Mapeheat Cable heat the whole room or just the floor? The whole room! Mapeheat Cable can transform the entire floor area into the room’s heat source — guaranteeing even, consistent heat.