At an average of $50 per square foot, granite is certainly an expensive material for kitchen countertops. For good reasons, homeowners continue to select this elegant surface for its durability and overall beautiful appeal.
However, there is one common criticism from owners of granite countertops and that is how cold the surface feels to lean on. While some may like the coldness, many do not appreciate how unpleasant granite feels against the skin. Luckily, there is a product that fixes this problem, one that does not involve hiring outside help.
Stick-on heating mats for granite and stone countertops are becoming wildly popular, especially during the cold winter months. There is no other product out there that can properly heat up your countertop while requiring very little work to do so.
The heating mats, which are designed to fit the exact shape and size of every unique countertop, use a simple peel-and-stick method underneath the counter’s overhanging area where guests most commonly sit. Also available in standard rectangular sizes for desks and straight edges, the mats plug into a standard outlet commonly located inside the cabinetry.
“We always use it when we have guests over in the winter time and people can’t believe how nice it is,” says Melva G. from Nicollet, MN. “They don’t want to sit anywhere else because it is so warm on their arms.”
Practically invisible and very easy to install, it’s no wonder why homeowners are loving this improvement of their luxurious countertops. With a free-trial available, why not give it a try on your countertop?
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Sticking directly under your overhang, these ultra-thin mats warm up your granite countertops 20-25 °. They come in standard rectangular sizes or can be customized to fit your exact surface. Homeowners everywhere are enjoying the benefit of no longer leaning on a cold surface everyday.
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Historically, remodelers had to expend a great deal of pre-planning, researching and engineering to meet the requests of clients desiring heated countertops. This made the feature expensive and limited to high-end homeowners and businesses.
But heating concrete countertops is no longer a challenging feature.
Heating Countertop History
The original method of heating countertops was to utilize floor heating coils and place them onto the substrate that the pre-poured concrete countertop rests upon. The contractor needed to create channels in the substrate so that the thick wires could rest below the surface of the plywood and not get compressed by the concrete.
In addition, floor heating mats commonly draw a significant amount of power, making it very challenging for a renovation of an existing finished home.
The overall process to prepare and design the heating solution commonly took 4-8 hours.
Specially Designed Heating Mats
In recent years, the countertop heating solution has transitioned from floor heating to ultra-thin heating mats that are created specifically for countertop use.
The new generation of heating mats provides a breakthrough for three reasons:
They are produced using thin highly-ductile foil that can be compressed by hundreds of pounds. This thinness also enables the pads to be attached directly to the pre-formed concrete countertop under an overhang area without requiring the substrate to extend to the overhang edge.
1. The mats are custom- produced to any shape or size to match the countertop and cabinet design. Plus the mats are usually not sized for the entire counter. They are just placed in specific selected areas – typically just where people rest their arms.
2. The new style of heating pads operates on low voltage, utilizing common power transformers that plug into standard outlets.
Three Basic Installation Types
Despite a wide variety of custom countertop and cabinet designs, there are generally two basic approaches that concrete countertop heating pad manufacturers take into consideration when designing the pad. A third option exists for concrete counter fabricators who want to integrate the heater into the wet concrete.
1. No Overhangs/Full Substrate: The heater is simply rolled out onto the substrate and the tail of the heaters is fed down into a small hole.
Next, the concrete counter can be placed directly on top of the heater. The material construction of the heater can handle the weight of the concrete without damage.
2. Overhangs and CabinetsWithout Substrates: The heater is mounted onto the underside of the concrete and will remain permanently attached. For heater installations with a countertop overhang, the heater is attached to the concrete overhang ½” away from the outer edges. If the heater is being attached after the concrete is on the cabinet or is an aftermarket installation, the heater may have cut-outs or unique shapes that accommodate corbels, supports, or other features of the cabinet.
3. Embedding the Heater into the Concrete During Pouring: A third option is to integrate the heating pad within the concrete as the top is being formed, submerging the heating pad when the concrete is partially poured into the form, then covering the heater with additional wet concrete. This approach requires a slightly modified heater that has the electrical cord well protected from the rigors of handling and chemistries. A special rugged strain relief is utilized with the cord for this purpose.
Finally, the heater is plugged into the controller, the controller into the transformer, and the transformer into the outlet.
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