No matter if your home features hardwood distressed flooring or ceramic tile flooring, in winter most homes tend to suffer from the same problem. No matter how much you crank up the heat and no matter how resilient you are in the face of flooring, there are few sensations more unpleasant than a cold floor, when you’ve just come in from the cold and expect a warm room to welcome you and make you feel, well… like home. Besides, isn’t it great when you can get home and just kick off your shoes, peel off your socks and put your feet up? If warm flooring is what you’re dreaming of, this article is here to tell you that there are several ways to achieve this, some more complex than others, but all of them worth giving a shot to.

Radiant Under-Floor Panels

Under-floor panels will not only provide you with warmer floors, but will also heat up your entire home. The system is quite simple to comprehend, albeit not as easy to implement. In essence, it involves putting in radiant panels underneath your floors. The heat will radiate through the floors, then off the walls and into the air of the entire room. There are several types of panels available on the market today. Some are powered by electric cables, while others use water tubes (and employ what is generally known as hydronic heating). It is generally used in homes with hard wearing flooring such as tiles, but can also work underneath hardwood flooring. Most often, the process will involve remove your current flooring system, installing the radiant panels and then putting the flooring back in. Of course, you can also use this opportunity to put in an entirely new set of floors while you’re at it.

Insulating Your Basement Ceiling

If you live in a home, as opposed to an apartment in a block of flats, you can always consider insulating the ceilings in your basement. More often than not, the floors of the rooms that are right above the basement will be chilled by the cold air in the basement. This alternative solution can often prove cheaper than removing your flooring and having an entire heating system put in. However, the downside to this method is the temperature in the basement itself. If you’re not currently heating your basement, but still spend a considerable amount of time in there, you will find out that insulating the ceilings will make the basement even colder, since it is currently heated by the warmth radiating from the rooms upstairs. If you want warmer basements, consider insulating the basement walls instead of the ceiling.

Rugs and Carpets

Perhaps the cheapest and most readily available method for warming up the rooms in your home is to have rugs and carpets put in. Wall-to-wall floor covers are often the best method for ensuring the warmth of your floors. They are not too expensive, they are durable, they add a touch of class to the room, if you select a complimentary colour to your current décor and they will definitely make your floors warmer.

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No matter if your home features hardwood distressed flooring or ceramic tile flooring, in winter most homes tend to suffer from the same problem. No matter how much you crank up the heat and no matter how resilient you are in the face of flooring, there are few sensations...