Proven ways to warm up your cold floors

Proven ways to warm up your cold floors

Winter is here. It can be quite uncomfortable when you place your bare feet down on a floor that is icy cold. While everyone wants to avoid getting cold feet, this can be tricky during the winter. Are you looking for inventive ways to keep your cold floors warm, and ultimately your feet warmer? Choosing the right materials for your home’s flooring is one of the best strategies to reduce your discomfort. After all, the warmer the floor, the warmer your feet will be. Here’s a breakdown of some proven ways to warm up your cold floors this winter.

Natural properties of flooring materials

Some materials retain heat better, while others lose heat quickly. At the same time, certain products can insulate an environment, making the entire area feel more warm and cosy. There are also a few tricks that can be used to improve the comfort of already existing surface coverings. With this in mind, pick flooring materials that are naturally warm underfoot.

Carpet

Carpets are the most well-known and widely used warm flooring option, and they are frequently used in bedrooms, family rooms, and living rooms. In the winter, products with longer, thicker threads will provide the most benefits.

Cork

It is a soft and warm, yet durable flooring material, resistant to fire. The cushioned structure of cork flooring contains air pockets that enhance its insulation and retain heat in winter. Besides being a warm and inviting flooring option, cork floors are noise-cancelling and ultra-quiet.

Vinyl

This is a resilient tile and or sheet material that is resistant to stains, water penetration, and discolouration, with very little maintenance required. Vinyl absorbs the chill and feels cold underfoot. But with the right underlayment, you can enhance its insulation and keep it warm.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a popular choice among homeowners because of its durability and beauty, but it can also get uncomfortably cold.

Laminate

Laminate flooring can be very cold in the winter when installed directly over a concrete subfloor. This, however, can be avoided with the correct underlayment. A thick foam padding between the concrete and laminate can do wonders to keep your floor warmer.

Ceramic tile and natural stone

Inherently, ceramic tile and natural stone floors are some of the coldest flooring options available.

Ways to warm up your cold floors

1. Keep cold air out and warm air in

Begin with the most basic solution, which will assist in maintaining a suitable temperature throughout the entire house, not just the floor. Fill any gaps and cracks in the walls with caulk or other sealants to prevent drafts and heat loss. In addition, weather stripping around your doors and windows should be installed or replaced.

2. Use area rugs

The use of floor rugs is another basic yet timeless solution to cold winter flooring that can do a lot to make a space feel warmer and more inviting. Area rugs are soft and provide sufficient warmth, depending on the material they are made with and can be placed anywhere. Moreover, area rugs not only keep you warm but also give a decorative touch to your room.

3. Suitable underlayment

One of the best ways to increase the warmth of your floor is to use a suitable underlayment. If you’re putting underlayment primarily to keep the floor warm, use a moisture barrier to keep the cold from seeping through the subfloor to the underlayment.

4. Radiant heating

This is the best investment for keeping your floor warm. The only disadvantage is that radiant heating is not compatible with all types of flooring, so check with a flooring expert beforehand. The system is fitted between the subfloor and the surface flooring, and it directs heat upwards through the floor, keeping it warm even during the coldest periods. It not only warms the floor but also keeps the house at a comfortable temperature.

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