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    Hi all,

    I used to use self-adhesive flooring tiles tiles for my vivs as they were pretty cheap to buy in bulk, but I hated the gluey smell that came off them when used with heat mats - not something I'd want my lizards to be subjected to!

    I'm therefore trying to source the correct vinyl flooring but I am a bit confused as to what the best option is. It has to be safe for use with heat mats.

    How does this look?

    https://www.burts.co.uk/remnants/burts/baron-9127-23438

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    Instead of any vinyl substrate I suggest textured ceramic or porcelain tiles or slate. Go for about 3/8 inch thick to allow the heat from your UTH to penetrate well.
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    Any vinyl flooring has the propensity to release potentially harmful VOC into the air when exposed to heat, this can become particularly harmful within the small confines of an enclosure.

    If you wish to use a solid (non-particulate) substrate, textured ceramic tile is for sure the best option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zux View Post
    Any vinyl flooring has the propensity to release potentially harmful VOC into the air when exposed to heat, this can become particularly harmful within the small confines of an enclosure.

    If you wish to use a solid (non-particulate) substrate, textured ceramic tile is for sure the best option.
    This is slightly off topic, but ceramic tile has ridges under it and allows air pockets, how do you work around that to prevent hot spots?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliriyanna View Post
    This is slightly off topic, but ceramic tile has ridges under it and allows air pockets, how do you work around that to prevent hot spots?
    You can use a thin layer of sand to enable the heat to conduct more evenly.
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    Thanks for the top advice!

    Currently looking for suitable tiles but I wondered how heavy would be considered too heavy for a heatmat.

    I've found some tiles that seem a good size..but do these tech specs check out? Particularly the thickness..


    Length 316mm
    Width 450mm
    Thickness 9mm
    Coverage 1 mē
    Glazed Glazed
    Waterproof Waterproof


    Thanks again for your help

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