Having your floors equipped with radiant heating is one of the most luxurious add-ons for your home. There’s nothing quite like stepping onto a warm floor on a cold winter morning, keeping your toes warm throughout the day. However, when it comes to flooring materials, some are better than others at evenly distributing the heat and making it last all day. Here’s what you need to know about a variety of popular styles:
Ceramic or Stone Tile
Tile is your best option when it comes to heated floors. They are usually highly conductive and maintain the heat for extended periods of time. Because of their high conductivity, tiles do not expand and contract much during heating and cooling periods, which can help to prevent cracking over time. Ceramic tiles are your best bet, but concrete, slate, marble and granite tiles also work well.
Laminate has long been a popular option because it simulates the look of natural wood but without all the hassle of maintenance and upkeep. In most cases, laminate can be used with heated flooring, but it is always best to check with the manufacturer of a particular style first just to be sure. Like tile, laminate also does not expand and contract.
Many vinyl flooring options can be used with radiant heating, but again, check with the manufacturer to be sure. Vinyl heats and cools quickly, so it is ideal for when you need heat right away. However, most vinyl floor materials have a temperature limit, so you won’t be able to get levels as high as with other, more durable, materials. If you run the heat too high under vinyl, you run the risk of discoloration to the material.
While it is possible to use some carpets with radiant heat flooring, it is not your best option. This is because the fabric material and insulation underneath tend to dampen the effects of the heat, trapping it in the floor rather than allowing it to radiate upward into your home. You can use area rugs over other flooring materials as well, but keep in mind that this will also dampen the overall heat output.
Install Yours Today
If you believe that radiant flooring is right for you, Mees Distributors, Inc. can help. We are proud to be Certified Contractors for the installation of Nuheat™ flooring systems. All of Nuheat’s floor heating products come with a 25-year warranty, so you can rest assured that you are making the right decision. Mees can assist you in choosing the flooring to go over the radiant heating system as well. We are experts at what we do and can help guide you in selecting the most appropriate option for your needs and budget. Get in touch with us today to learn more!