How much would radiant flooring cost? Mat vs. coil?
I keep thinking that I'm going to KICK myself if I don't get radiant flooring in this bathroom!! And we're only two weeks or so away from tiling the floor, so it's now or never. How much are we talking for it? We have about 40sf. that would be tiled and out in the open where you'd want heat underneath.
Here's the reasons why my DH doesn't want it:
--cost, cost, COST!
--it's an OLD house (140-years old) and he's afraid of any extra electrical anything...anywhere! (our original barn, which is only a stone's throw from the house, burned due to an electrical problem in 2005...didn't touch the house due to the direction of wind only!!!)
--it would be hard to do and just one more thing to break
--the bathroom is south facing, pretty small, is on the second floor, and stays pretty warm with it's big 'ole cast iron radiator.
--we're getting the Panasonic WhisperWarm so we could just turn the heat lamp part on in that.
Now my turn...
--I HATE hopping from floor mat to floor mat in an attempt to not touch the tile floor in our downstairs bathroom (but, granted, that BR doesn't have heat and is over an uninsulated crawl space).
--One of the reasons he didn't want tile in the first place was because it's COLD to the touch...so I think he'd really LOVE the tile if it were warm.
This is our "forever" home, so resale is not an issue (and I don't know ANYONE in the area that has radiant flooring...unless they're in a brand-new, 400K+ home).
What do you think? Pros/Cons? Do we need it? Would I regret it if we don't get it? What's the cost? How hard is it (really!) to install as a DIY project?
I know this has been discussed ad nauseum, but I've read through all the old posts and I haven't found some of these issues answered...