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Renovation Inspiration: Sunroom with 13x13 Thrill Rock & Warm Heat installed

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We had the pleasure of working with a great customer, Tim Jameson, who was willing to share their entire renovation process with us! They installed the tile and heating cables themselves. Take a look below:

This is the durock sub-floor that this customer prefers to use for tile jobs. This sun room measures approximately 287 square feet. 

Here is a close up shot of the heating cables that were installed in alternate spacing as recommended by the manufacturer for use in an unheated space. In this project the Easy Heat kits used were DFT 240 V 2215,  DFT 240 V 2118, a relay kit to connect the two kits, and a programmable thermostat.  

Overall view of the Warm Tiles wire, all 1,333 feet of it! Tim chose to embed it in a self leveling underlayment (no pictures of that) rather then a scratch coat due to the size of the area. "The self leveling underlayment was a great surface to mount the tiles to," says Tim.

Tim had an electrician handle the wiring through the walls and hooked it up to the electrical panel. "The electrician thought the floor heat wiring I did and the tile job were excellent. He said, " you don't see work this good from professionals it's a quality job done with skill and talent." Great job Tim! "Based on his comments too it ought to go without saying that it's testament to how easy it is to install the floor heat. The manufacturer does a great job, the instructions are easy to follow and they use pictures, real ones, not just drawings."

Ta Da! Here’s the finished floor! The tiles shown here is the 13x13 Thrill Collection in the color Rock. The grout is Laticrete Permacolor Chocolate Truffle (not sold at World Class Tiles). "In the end we had 21 tiles left over out of 280 ordered. Only two were chipped in shipping, none were broken, and the chipped ones got used anyway. That speaks well of your packing and the shipping company." - Tim Jameson

After one year of installation, the heating bill from this large sun room never cost more than $20, with the off season months closer to $9! Keep in mind too this is a large space with an 11' ceiling, all glass walls. Nothing beats watching the snow fall while your toes stay nice and warm inside!

Tim's favorite part of the Thrill tile?

 "It doesn't just hide dirt, I think it absorbs it. We only vacuumed the floor from time to time this summer, otherwise it was wet with dirty feet, dogs, and food --I dropped a pizza :( for the last 5 months. We finally mopped for the very first time a week ago, nothing fancy just a simple Swiffer clean, and while the floor looks great, the cleaning pad was not that bad! There's no reason to think that decades from now it won't still look the same."

Thanks again Tim for sharing your renovation and experience with us! We love to see the final projects of our customers! If you have purchased tile from us and would like to be featured in our blog please show us your renovation!

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