We all know that hot air rises, so when you want to keep your home warm, the first place to start is the floor. When it comes to choosing the right flooring for a room it is important to consider suitability and sustainability. Assessing usage or footfall will be a top priority to enable you to select the appropriate solution. To help you choose, we’ve got four alternative flooring ideas to help keep the heat beneath your feet.
According to Which? as much as 15% of the heat in a room can be lost through uninsulated ground floors.
Underfloor heating is the single most effective method to warm up any flooring. Creating an even spread temperature with no cold spots, underfloor heating will generate consistent warmth without wasting any energy. Perfect for warming the tiles of a bathroom floor, and 40% more efficient than radiators, underfloor heating is good for the environment and your bills.
Warm water is pushed through a carefully mapped out system of pipes laid on a subfloor.
A wet system would be deemed most suitable for an extension or a new build. However, wet systems can be fitted into an existing room with the addition of a subfloor to house the pipework. As your home’s central heating system doesn’t have to heat the water to as high a temperature as a radiator would, this will inevitably lower your energy usage.
Reminiscent of an electric blanket for your bed.
A second option, and modern approach to the solution, is using an electric system. Consisting of a series of connected cables on an open weave mat or mesh, it is easy to install and simply connects to your mains electricity supply. Whilst it should be noted that this electric-powered option is not quite as energy efficient as a wet system, both are significantly cheaper to run than a radiator.
Where to use: Kitchens and bathrooms are an obvious starting point but judge it on a room-by-room basis. Underfloor heating would typically be fitted below a hard floor finish of tile, wood, or stone.
Name a better feeling than getting home from work after a long day, taking your shoes off and feeling that plush carpet between your toes?
There is an almost endless list of choices when it comes to carpet. Countless variations of colour, patterns, and pile height can make it seem like an impossible decision to make. But, besides from its appearance and style, there are many other reasons to lay carpet in your home. Carpet is also a key contributor to the insulation of a room and doesn’t have same echoing acoustics of hard flooring. Carpeting a room is a great way to make a room safer for children and less-mobile family members. After all, how many times have you ever slipped over on a new carpet? Not forgetting how much easier carpet is to maintain than hard flooring. And, remember, when your old carpet has become worn and threadbare you can now recycle it. Stylish, comforting, safe, easy to maintain, sustainable – carpet is a winner!
Where to use: Receptions rooms and bedrooms – pretty much any room where it won’t get wet, or dirty quickly.
Ideal for adding a touch of warmth, colour and texture.
Deep pile rugs are always trending – they never seem to go out of fashion. If you can’t have, or don’t want, underfloor heating then consider rugs as an alternative. Do rugs make a room warmer? While they won’t raise the actual temperature in your home, they will reduce the amount of cold hard flooring that your feet touch. In the living room, find a rug that fits right up to the front of your seating and feel luxury for longer.
Where to use: Reception rooms and bedrooms. Use rugs to add colour, texture and avoid cold feet!
Achieve visual warmth with wood.
Creating the right lighting and colour in a room can go along way to making a room feel warmer. Psychologically, blues, greens and greys make us feel colder, whilst, deep and rich reds, browns, and gold instantly make us feel at home and cosy – it’s not rocket science. So, how can you benefit from the hardwearing nature of a hard floor, and feel warm at the same time? If underfloor heating isn’t an option for you, why not consider a wood floor or wood-effect tiles. The elegance of wooden floor instantly radiates a ‘warmer’ feel. However, if a truly wooden floor is impractical, wood-effect tiles could be the solution you’ve been looking for.