How Flooring Can Warm Your Home
When it comes to the cold winter months, every little bit of extra warmth inside your home helps keep things comfortable! This especially applies to the early morning when temperatures are lower and you leave the comfort of your cozy bed. Did you know that your flooring can help warm the home? In both the materials we choose and the way we use our existing surfaces, your floors can help insulate and minimize the chill.
It should come as no surprise that plush carpeting is the most popular choice for a warm floor, especially in bedrooms, family rooms, and living room areas. The thicker the carpet pile and the denser the carpet pad you add underneath, the more your carpet will resist heat loss. If you are not in the market for carpet in your home, use the next best thing: area rugs! In addition to making spaces feel warmer, you can use area rugs in strategic locations by your bed and in front of sinks to protect your bare feet from colder surfaces.
Vinyl and laminate are relatively neutral as far as transmitting heat. If you install laminate, LVT, sheet vinyl, or linoleum on top of a concrete subfloor, you will experience colder surfaces during the winter months. However, you can add a quality foam underlayment with good insulating properties on top of the subfloor to create a warmer floor. In addition to enhancing sound insulation, an underlayment made from foam, cork, or rubber will provide natural insulation and decrease heat loss.
Tile, including ceramic, porcelain, and stone, are both excellent options for transmitting heat, which is a great fit for warmer climates and hot months. In the wintertime, this can make for chilly floors that will nip at your toes! If you are set on these gorgeous surfaces, consider a radiant below-heating system that will guarantee you have the exact temperature you want year-round. This system, whether electric or hydronic (utilizing water), will be installed between the subfloor and the surface and directs heat upward.
No matter the type of flooring you have, it’s wise to examine the floor and rim joist spaces of your home. If you add insulation to an unheated basement, crawlspace, joist cavities, and headers, you can minimize the effects of cold air underneath your floors and decrease heat loss. In addition to keeping you toasty, your home will heat more efficiently and help maintain a normal power bill during colder months.
Schedule an appointment with our Mobile Floor Source and a Personal Flooring Advisor will help you determine the best flooring options for crafting a cozy, warm home!