Can Underfloor Heating Be Installed in a Shower?

A question that is frequently asked by many customers is, “Can my underfloor heating go into the shower?”

If only this was a simple yes or no answer.  The answer will depend on several factors which include:

  • Is the floor of the shower tiled?
  • Do the tiles from the bathroom area flow into the shower?
  • Are there any tricky step-ups or step-downs?
  • Is there a shower screen? If the answer is yes how will it be installed?
  • Is there a clear opening into the shower?
  • What type of drain and where will it be located?

Let’s take a closer look at each question.

Is the floor of the shower tiled?

If the answer is no, then Hotwire underfloor heating cannot be installed in the shower.

If the answer is yes, chances are Hotwire underfloor heating can be installed.

Do the tiles from the bathroom area flow into the shower?

If the answer is yes, then Hotwire underfloor heating can be installed in the shower

Are there any tricky step-ups or step-downs?

If the answer is yes, then Hotwire Heating cannot be installed in the shower.  The reason being that this scenario will create an angle.  When the tiles are laid over the element there is the risk that the element may become “squashed” and if this happens it can cause all sorts of issues.

Is there a shower screen? 

If the answer is no, then Hotwire Heating can be installed.  If the answer is yes, it is important to take note of how the shower screen is going to be installed.

How will the shower screen be installed?

If the shower screen is going be attached to the floor it is best to keep the Underfloor Heating element away from the shower screen.  It would be disastrous if a screw went through the heating element.

Is there a clear opening into the shower?

If the answer is yes, this will make life much easier as the Hotwire underfloor heating element can be run through this clear opening.

What type of drain and where will it be located?

It is best to keep the Hotwire Underfloor Heating element away from any drains.  If in the future a plumber needs to access the drain damage to the Hotwire underfloor heating element can hopefully be avoided.

As you can see there are a number of considerations when deciding whether to install Hotwire underfloor heating in your shower.  If it is possible not only will it add warmth in those cooler months there is the added benefit of your shower drying much quicker meaning less mold to contend with which means cleaning the shower just became a whole lot easier.

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