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Posted by: from Ottawa
5/6/2013 at 10:04:27 AM

Good morning,

I bought a bungalow and I am finishing the basement. I will have my office in that basement so I intend to use the basement as much as the main floor.

I wanted to put ceramic floor with a heating system underneath. I am now having doubts because I don't want to keep the heating system ON all year round just to keep the basement comfortable. Is this correct?

What is the best coverage for a basement floor to keep it fairly warm ? I read about Drycore, Okaform. Would a wooden floor be a better solution?

Many thanks for your help,


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Date/Time5/6/2013 at 11:09:02 AM

No, its not true. You can controll your heat by thermostat and turn it on when you need to keep warm.

Any question let me know.

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Rachel in Ottawa
Date/Time5/6/2013 at 11:31:16 AM

Thanks Steve for your reply.

Is a floor heating system also acting as a lining against moist as well? How would you finish your basement, Steve?



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Bath Fitter in Ottawa
Date/Time5/6/2013 at 12:01:23 PM


I've just finished my basement and I used Drycore. It a good product, easy and added insulation to my floor. It's spring now but I can still notice a warmer difference to bare feet on both carpet and laminate flooring.

They don't give the stuff away, I covered about 600 sq/ft at just under $2000.00.

I was able to anchor my walls to it, since it is interlocked, you must remember to interlock them (stagger).

Hope this helps


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Date/Time5/6/2013 at 12:51:19 PM

Hi Rachel.

Used Drycore in my basement, love it. Go to and you'll see how easy it is to install an electric heating system over the Drycore and under the ceramic tiles. And they are easy to talk to if you call them.



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Date/Time5/6/2013 at 9:13:45 PM

There are two ways that an electric heating mat can work. First is to actually heat the room and the second to just keep the floor at a set temperature ( around 27 C is comfortable ).

I would not recomend using it in the whole basement, it would cost to much to run. If it's one room then it's not to bad. Also you can not simply turn the heat on as it takes sometime to get the tiles up to temperature. You can use a programable thermosat to turn the system on only when you use it, you just need a few hours for it to warm up first.

You can not use dri-core for ceramic tiles, (instructions are great for that). For a very comfortable floor I use planton drainage board, 1" ridgid insulation and 5/8" T+G plywood on top of it all. It gets screwed down to the concrete every 24" ( 12" if tile is going to be used ). With this set up you will be very comfortable and can use any type of flooring that you want. Also Barricade is a better product than dri-core, and I believe it can be used with tiles with some extra prep work.

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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time5/6/2013 at 11:46:22 PM

Hi Rachel

James is correct that Barricade is an outstanding option for a sub-floor system that would meet your needs.

Great link and video on the product -


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Date/Time5/11/2013 at 7:49:54 PM


Stewart here of Sct floorcoverings.The best Low cost solution would be to Lay"Dimplex" and then a good 3 in one Laminate underlay.

Best regards,

Stewart -Sct Floorcoverings

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