Heated Flooring: A Warm Welcome

Bare feet + bare floors = a rude awakening on cold mornings. But with heated flooring, you’ll have a toasty path from bed to bath. Heated flooring is ideal for a remodeled space or new construction, as it installs best in newly-laid flooring. If you are doing a complete bedroom or bathroom renovation, consider adding heated flooring to the project. You’ll thank yourself when the barometer starts to dip!

Types of Heated Flooring

There are two heated flooring options to choose from.
  • Electric radiant floor heating – Powered by electricity that runs heat through wires or a mat underneath flooring, electric radiant heating is best suited to small areas or zones, like a bedroom and bath. Radiant is less expensive to install but costs more to run, as it takes a lot of electricity. Electric radiant floor heating is typically installed as a comfort feature that can be connected to a timer. Radiant is a good option for small-to-medium home remodeling projects.
  • Hydronic radiant floor heating – Hydronic radiant heating runs heated water through tubes beneath the floor. Hydronic is more expensive to install, but less expensive to run. Hydronic heating provides constant warmth and can be installed over larger areas, even throughout the entire house. And unlike electric radiant heating, hydronic uses less energy to run. It’s powered by your hot water heater source; a wood, oil, or electric boiler or even a solar water heater. However, hydronic systems require more complex installation and aren’t suited to small remodeling projects.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

There are many advantages to having radiant heating installed in your custom home or renovation.
  • Radiant heating is nearly draft-free, as it doesn’t require registers or vents like forced-air systems.
  • It can result in better air quality inside your home since it isn’t blowing dust or allergens around. And it won’t dry out nasal passages like traditional heating systems tend to do during winter.
  • Radiant heating provides even, consistent warmth. Coming up from the floor, it keeps your entire body warm better than a traditional forced-air heater; the heated surface warms all objects in a room.

Best Flooring Materials for Radiant Heat

Concrete, ceramic tile, and stone tile are ideal choices for radiant floor heating, as they have excellent heat conducting properties. Wood floors work too, but they require extra care during installation to reduce the possibility of shrinking and expanding from the heat. The least optimal choices are carpet and laminate flooring. Carpeted floors inhibit heat transfer; laminate tile floors will require a temperature limit.

Warm from Toe to Head: Heated Flooring Rules

Most of our clients relegate heated flooring to bedroom and bath areas, but it’s also a good fit for kitchens, foyers, and finished basements. Call Berriz Design if you’re interested in exploring heated flooring options.
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