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Unread 08-03-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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Advice for thermal break

Hey everyone, brand new to forum, so bear with me. I am doing a bathroom reno, installing a freestanding steam shower, and while I'm at it, I will be tiling to the floor.

So here are the details:

Concrete floor in basement
Small bathroom 5'X7.5'
I already purchased True Heat from orange box store.

After doing some online research, I discovered it might be a good idea to install a thermal break so as not to heat "down" into the concrete.
So I went on weekend to get something to install on top of concrete to be a thermal break, and all I came up with was Natural LVT with seal guard. Not sure if this is a thermal break, or meant to go on top of floor. I have since been scouring the internet looking for ideas recommendations, etc. the Ditra in floor heating looks very easy for the DIYer. Thoughts and comments please.
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Hello, Brent. Welcome to the forum.

That particular product is made for vinyl floor planks, hence the "LVT" on the label. (I believe that stands for luxury vinyl planks).

Do you have a link to the wire you plan to install? I'm not sure a thermal break is required but maybe we can find one that's appropriate for your heat system.
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There was nothing specifically regarding a thermal break with the in floor heating system "True Comfort". I found some info online, that suggested it would be a good idea to put in a thermal break so that the floor heats up quicker, and less power is used heating "into" the floor. So I was only going to do it based on the logic of not throwing money out the window. So, do I need a thermal break, if so what is the best product?
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Unread 08-04-2015, 09:25 AM   #6
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Hi Brent and welcome to the forum.

I couldn't find True Heat on Home Depot's website but I'm assuming it's a mat style heat system and not a spool of wire?

edit: Is the product True Comfort? It looks like it also comes in a wire and mat.

The product that you've linked to I fear will cause bonding issues with the thinset as it's basically a paint.

While I was on HD's site I looked for products that would work for a thermal break or insulation. I found cork, Easymat, and this product that I've never heard of before.

I didn't look very closely at these products so you'll need to read the instructions. I would stay away from peel&stick products and there is a version of Easymat that comes in a peel&stick.

But these are the types of products that you would want to look for in your area.
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I don't know if you can get it but 1/4" Wedi board is ideal for just that.
It has an R-value of 1.1 at that thickness but since its body is a foam product (not a dense material), it provides an excellent thermal break and is easy to install in thin-set mortar.
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Thanks for the reply, I've been away for a bit. So I didn't see til now. I talked to a tile guy at a specialty time store in the city. He suggested I might be over thinking the thermal beak thing. So to save on floor height and product cost, I will be proceeding without the thermal break.
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