Tile flooring can add a great deal to your home's interior, but personal comfort needs to be taken into account as well. Everyone has had at least one experience where bare feet have touched freezing (sometimes painfully so) cold tiles during winter months. The following flooring types are part of the winter tile collection and should be considered for anyone looking to make their floors and homes warmer this season.
Advantages of Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone tiles are beautiful, sturdy, and versatile for both indoor and outdoor use. When considered for their potential to help you keep a warm home, two immediate traits come to mind. The first is that natural stone tiles, like granite, sandstone, limestone, and marble, can be installed over radiant heating systems. These arrangements allow the tile to be heated from below to produce cozy and foot-friendly warmth. The second trait is that natural stone has a high "thermal inertia," which is basically a measurement of how well an object retains heat and how fast it assumes room temperature. The fact that natural stone has a high thermal inertia means that any heat it absorbs will stick around longer, reducing the need to keep the heaters running constantly.
Benefits of Ceramic Floor Tile
Ceramic floor tiles are another option that works well with radiant heat systems for electrically-warmed flooring. Ceramic and its sibling, porcelain, is also renowned for its water resistance and easy-to-clean nature—this is why ceramic floor tiles or porcelain surfaces are common in kitchens or bathrooms. Since winter brings a lot of tracked-in snow, slush, and dirt, using flooring that can stand up to the soggier bits of the season has distinct benefits.
Keep Warm with Carpet Flooring
Carpet flooring comes in options like rich fields of fluff to short-cropped softness. Regardless of what option you go with, carpet is naturally warm and comforting. There is no need to use radiant heat systems, so carpet flooring will keep your feet warm without extra energy costs. Carpet is also soft, unsurprisingly, which makes it more impact-friendly in cases of dropped objects or rambunctious children.
Natural Heat from Laminate Floor Tile
Laminate floor tile is another example of a flooring option that doesn't need radiant heat set-ups. The cork and resin of the laminate helps trap heat and provide foot-warming comfort. Additionally, laminate is fairly durable, so it can withstand the extra stress and traffic from those heavy winter boots.
Enjoy the Edge of Vinyl Flooring
Last, but certainly not least, vinyl flooring can offer a versatile and stylish tiling option that is compatible with radiant heating. The edge comes from the uppermost layer, which is highly scratch resistant—perfect for withstanding boots and sidewalk salt getting tracked through. Vinyl is also waterproof, not merely water resistant, which further reduces your wintertime worries.
Explore the Winter Tile Collection from Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933. Over the decades, Centura has developed an extensive inventory of tiles suitable for any environmental conditions so you can find the most water-resistant, heat-retaining, easy-care, easy-install, easy-anything tile you need.
To learn more about winter flooring options, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.