Heated Countertops: How to Add Warmth During a New Countertop Installation

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Granite continues to be the number one selection for countertops, with quartzite being a close second. What do both surfaces have in common? They feel cold to the touch, which can be unpleasant for those who sit at their island in the morning, enjoy working on a laptop in their kitchen or simply want the luxury of a cozy home.

Fortunately, it has become increasingly easier for people to make the upgrade to heated countertops. Fabricators and installers can simply follow the six steps below when including this elegant feature to the countertop project.

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Measure the area where warmth will be desired. Most homeowners choose to warm 10″-15” from the front edge (elbow to wrist length).

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Order a stick-on countertop heating mat that perfectly matches the size and shape of the area. You can even specify where the cord should come off the mat. 

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Prior to installing the stone, apply a thin layer of epoxy (included with the mat) to the area where the mat will be adhered. 

*This step can be skipped if the granite is smooth or has underwent a surface grind.

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Peel and stick the mat onto the stone before laying the stone down onto the cabinetry.

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Drill a small hole in the cabinetry and feed the cord through the hole.

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Plug the mat into a standard outlet located inside of the cabinetry.

For new countertops with a solid substrate and no overhang, there is a compressed heater option which can be quickly rolled out directly onto the substrate.

Countertop heating mats take a passive warming approach to guarantee the safety of the stone without introducing any risk of cracking. Homeowners can enjoy leaving the mat on at all times as it costs pennies per day to operate.

Want to add heat to a countertop that is already installed? Click here to learn how it’s done. 

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Who Needs Heated Countertops?

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Homes are becoming more and more advanced with modern luxuries, technological conveniences and state-of-the-art designs. One major advancement that is appearing in new homes and kitchen renovations is heated countertops. In the last ten years, there has been a major influx of homeowners interested in warming this unique area of their home.

You may be wondering, why heat a countertop?

Below are 5 groups of people who most commonly benefit from heated countertops.

People who are unhappy with their cold granite.

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After spending thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel, nothing is more frustrating than being unhappy with the final results. It is very common for homeowners to install granite, quartz or marble, only to realize later that the surface is very cold to lean on. Luckily, stick-on mats can be added after the countertop has been installed.

People with joint pain, arthritis or Fibromyalgia.

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Warm stone has its health benefits! While the cold feel of granite may only be uncomfortable to some, it can be very painful to others. Heating the area just 20-25° above room temperature gives the perfect soothing feel to anyone who suffers from joint pain.

People with consistently cold hands.

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You know that feeling of relief when you wrap your cold hands around a warm cup of coffee? Same goes for a warm countertop. Not to mention, your coffee cup stays warm when it sits on a heated surface too.

People who work at a desk made of granite, marble or quartz.

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It can be extremely uncomfortable working on a computer all day with cold hands and cold forearms. Applying a stick-on heater under your keyboard area takes away that coldness and allows you to work comfortably.

People who live in cold states.

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Adding cozy warmth to the area you sit at most can make all the difference, especially in the heart of winter. Did you know that heated countertops cost less than 15 cents a day to leave on 24/7? Bring on the warmth!

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10 Countertop Questions for Creating Your Perfect Custom Heating Mat

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For years, builders and renovators have been adding heat to tile flooring to give homeowners a comfortable spa-like experience in their bathrooms and basements. Now, the concept of adding heat to stone countertops has become much more popular, specifically the area where people most frequently sit.

While every surface is different, a countertop heating mat can be customized to fit any unique application. Below are 10 countertop features that we will accomodate to ensure you receive the perfect customized mat. 

What type of corbel supports do you have (if any)?  

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If the mat is going to be stuck on the stone before installation, the heater can be sandwiched in between the stone and support beams. We can customize the mat to include cut outs for the corbels if the mat is going to be applied after the stone is down.

Where is your electrical outlet?

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An outlet that is inside your cabinet is ideal for plugging in your heating mat and storing the cords and controllers.

What is the size and shape of the stone?

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No matter how large or small your surface is, a mat can be designed to fit your needs. If you have unique curves or angles, the mat will mirror your surface exactly as heat does not radiate very far within stone.

Is the heated area an overhang?

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An ultra-thin countertop heating mat is the number one solution to heat the area that is exposed. Stick-on mats are made with a sleek black protective layer.

What does the bottom of the stone look & feel like?

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Epoxy (included with FeelsWarm mats) is needed if the underside of your stone is not smooth granite. (Any quartz, marble, wood, rough granite and other surfaces where pressure sensitive tape does not bond well). A peel test strip can be used to evaluate whether the surface of the stone will need the prep coating.

Are you heating two separated areas? 

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Custom heating mats can be joined together so that you only have to utilize one outlet. 

How thick is your stone?

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Have an extra thick slab of stone? We can heat all ranges of countertops, with or without a wood support underneath. 

Are there any seams in the stone?

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If you have an existing countertop, you don’t have to worry about any seams. For new countertops, the heating mats can go on either side of the seam with no problem.

Will drawers or cupboards be in the way of the heating mat?

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Simply let us know if you have a mounted drawer or cupboards underneath the heated area so that we can assure there is no interference with the heater’s cord. 

Is your cabinetry open-faced or full plywood substrate?

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Regardless of your countertop’s structure, you can apply heat either with a compressed heater or a stick-on heater.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Heated Countertops

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As more and more homeowners are adding this luxurious item to their kitchen countertops, others are becoming more curious about how the concept works. Below are five common misconceptions about heating your countertop that may make you want to get the product yourself.

1.   You must buy new countertops if you want them to be heated.

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False. In fact, many homeowners choose to heat their countertop after their granite or quartz has been installed. After spending thousands on a kitchen renovation, people are often unhappy with how cold the surface feels to lean on. Luckily, a countertop heating mat can be added even after your countertops are installed. 

2.   Heated countertops are pointless.

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While heated countertops are a luxury item that may not be for everyone, there are many benefits of this unique product. “My wife has fibromyalgia and the cold temps of the quartz would literally cause her pain,” says Brian C. in Seattle, Washington. “Now she loves our countertop and puts her arms and hands on it without pain.” Click here to see more wonderful benefits of heating your countertop.

3.   You must hire an electrician to do special wiring.

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False. The stick-on heating mat is marketed as a DIY product, meaning that anyone with basic handyman skills can apply the product without the help of a professional. The mat plugs into a standard outlet, utilizing only as much power as a laptop utilizes.

4.   Cold countertops are better for cooking.

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We actually agree with this statement, but did you know that you don’t have to heat your entire island? Most people choose to only heat the overhang area where barstools are located so that they get the best of both worlds. Cold countertops on one side for cooking, and warm countertops on the other side for comfort.

5.   A floor heater can be used to heat your countertop.

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This is not recommended. Floor heaters typically use 120 (or 240) volts and cycle on and off to arrive at a surface temperature range. This temperature fluctuation causes stress and fatigue in the stone, introducing the potential risk of damaging or cracking your expensive, high-quality countertops. We suggest buying an ultra-thin heating mat designed specifically for countertops. 

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The Top Reasons Why I Love My Heated Countertops

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By now you have probably heard about the latest kitchen trend: heated countertops. My husband and I hopped on the heated countertop train a few years ago and I am here to tell you about why we are so happy that we did.

Here are the top reasons why I recommend heating your granite countertop.

My bare arms aren’t freezing anymore.

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We leave our heated countertop on even in the summer because no matter the temperature outside, granite still feels cold inside. Taking away that coldness, especially when I’m not wearing long sleeves, has significantly helped me in the morning.

My kitchen feels homier.

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Similar to how our fireplace feels in our living room, the little bit of warmth on our island makes me feel cozy and comfortable in the kitchen.

I don’t have to turn it on and off.

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The heating pad uses very little wattage so it has been convenient to leave it running 24/7. The cost to run our heated countertops is comparable to leaving a laptop plugged in.

It’s a great talking piece.

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My husband and I love to host year-round and we’ve enjoyed seeing people’s reactions when they feel our warm granite. Most of the time they never even realized that you can heat your overhang. It definitely has been fun to show off.

It was easy to install.

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We didn’t decide to get heated countertops until after our granite was installed. Luckily, it was very easy to order a heating pad that fit under our overhang and then we were able to stick it on ourselves.

The other side of my island is still cold.

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It has been nice, especially when cooking, to have just the overhang warm and have the rest of my countertop cold. The only area I really care about being warm is where I sit and rest my arms every day.

My food stays warm.

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A unique benefit that never even occurred to me is how much longer my plates and dishes stay warm. I drink my coffee slowly, so having a warm countertop has helped me avoid trips to the microwave to reheat my mug.

If you are someone who is always cold or hates sitting at a cold table, I highly suggest heating your countertop. It’s something I appreciate every day!

-Submitted by FeelsWarm Customer, 2019

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