October 6, 2022
The following article provides guidance on choosing warm floor tiles, as well as advice on the best tiles for underfloor heating.
Keeping our houses warm in winter and cool in summer is synonymous with the word “home”. We can achieve the perfect environment using a variety of high-tech solutions, such as underfloor heating. Nonetheless, there are alternatives to relying on mechanical and electrical means to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature all year round. The finishes, materials and décor all play a part. We will look at floor tiles specifically, as a way of warming your home.
There is no limit to the use of floor tiles in the home. Warm floor tiles, with or without underfloor heating, UFH, are just as suitable for the living room, as the bedroom, and the entrance hall. Even in humid environments like bathrooms and kitchens. In other words, there is not a single room in the house that cannot benefit, in one way or another, from having warm floor tiles. The following benefits of warm tiles for individual rooms in the home speak for themselves.
You probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen throughout the day. Think about how sensuous and freeing it would be to walk barefoot across your kitchen and enjoy the warmth. This is a fantastic addition year-round, but especially in the winter. A warm kitchen floor, along with a hot cup of coffee and your favourite sweater, can add an extra layer of cosiness to your home.
First thing in the morning or in the middle of the night, a warm floor underfoot in the bathroom is like a comforting hug. Nothing beats stepping out of the shower onto a warm, heated floor instead of the cold tiles beneath your feet. A warm tile floor in the bathroom is a true treat and a fantastic way to make your bathroom more comfortable, cosy, and pleasant.
We all have, or should have, established bedtime routines to help with getting a good night’s sleep. Warm tiles will make this routine more pleasant, allowing us to start and end the day on a positive note. Scattering rugs around the bed or positioning the bed near windows are simple ways to accomplish this. Warm tiles, with UFH, programmed to follow a set timetable, also ensure a snug recuperative slumber.
With or without UFH, providing warmth in the living room is a basic tenet of its function. Whatever the preference be it materials, colours, or rugs… warm floor tiles help set the stage for a warm décor.
Create a border tile with a pattern tile combined with a plain tile to generate a sense of warmth with floor tiles.
Nothing provides a welcome –figuratively and literally– like a warm floor. After all, what’s better than kicking off your shoes and touching a soft, warm floor? It will immediately make you feel “at home.”
One of the most common complaints about floor tiles in the home is that they are cold. However, this is not always the case, neither in the literal nor the visual meaning of the word. The advantages of tiles, in terms of their looks and hygienic qualities, can be harnessed to “warm them up” by following some simple recommendations.
Scatter rugs positioned strategically can be a simple way to make a tiled floor feel instantly warmer. The decorative rug can be a design focal point for a living room, around which a seating island can be organised. Place a foot rug on either side of a bed over the tiled floor for a more tactile experience. Or place a hard-wearing matt or rug along the work triangle within a kitchen layout to help both warm and protect floor tiles.
Tiles can actually slowly radiate the heat collected over the course of the day from solar gain. The reason is that, generally, tiles have a high thermal mass. This simply means that they are dense and weighty. Darker colour tiles, within the dark grey or natural stone effect area of the spectrum, will provide the best results.
Consider natural daylight and how tiles will absorb the freely available light of the sun, even during winter months. Large patio doors in kitchens or panoramic windows in living rooms are the ideal vehicle for capturing passive energy.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring tiles can provide an alternative flooring solution for any room in the home. Because vinyl has a lower thermal mass than ceramic or porcelain it tends to be warmer. LVF can also include a layer of insulation which adds to its warmth.
Underfloor heating (UFH) is the most up-to-date technology for heating your tiled floor. This option is a real space saver, as everything is hidden under the floor. Do away with awkward radiators that interfere with kitchen or bathroom layouts. It is also very effective because the heat rises, warming the entire room as well as the ground beneath you. Furthermore, walking on a heated tile on a frosty cold morning is far more pleasant.
Underfloor heating works off the principle of generating ambient heat. There are two main types, hot water running through a matrix of tubes or electrical cables integrated within the floor substrate that generates heat. Both systems have their pros and their cons.
Although the water-based UFH system generally requires installation during the construction stage, the electrical option can be easily retrofitted. The thickness of this type of flooring solution can be as little as the tile adhesive. In other words, the extra thickness should not be a factor when determining whether UFH is suitable for your home décor. Door swings don’t even have to be corrected.
▶ Butech, the Porcelanosa Group company dedicated to technical solutions, developed an underfloor heating system that consists of an electric mesh and a thermostat that allows the room temperature to be controlled. More information is available at the following link.
Amongst the benefits of underfloor heating is its energy-saving operational costs, it’s a more economic way to heat the home. As much as 50% in UK homes in comparison to traditional heating. The heat warms the space from below and effectively converts the floor into a giant radiator. However, while traditional radiators are heated to between 65 and 75 °C the UFH can be kept below 29 °C or less for even greater savings. And thus making significant savings on energy costs. Another important advantage is the freedom it provides for arranging furniture, there are no clunky radiators to avoid. So both practically and visually UFH has many advantages to offset the initial investment.
Porcelain is the most appropriate material for underfloor heating, by a long stretch. Much more suitable even than timber, engineered timber floors or carpets. Porcelain also happens to be a sustainable material which reinforces the overall eco-credentials of its uses in floor tiles. Broadly speaking, the following properties make porcelain the ideal material for warm floor tiles:
It’s now up to you to decide which porcelain floor tile is best for your home. From marble effect floor tiles to wood effect floor tiles, we have them all in our catalogue. Visit our online store or one of our showrooms to see our entire selection of porcelain floor tiles, which is ideal for underfloor heating.