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Ideas on How to Warm up your Natural Stone Tiles this Winter

Posted on 16 February 2016

Our natural stone tiles are beautiful, durable and are a real asset to any home. No matter which stone you have in whatever room, they all have the same effect - bringing class, sophistication and timelessness to a building.

Whilst the advantages of natural stone tiling heavily outweigh the disadvantages, one aspect of owning natural stone tiles includes their inclination to be slightly chilly in the winter. However, natural stone is not at all inherently cold and is in fact a fantastic heat transference material which retains heat for a long time. So whilst natural stone tiling in the house during winter can occasionally demand for the need for socks, particularly in the morning, there are a number of ways to warm up your tiles to make them toasty all year round.

Ways to Warm up the Natural Stone Tiles in your Kitchen

The kitchen is a high traffic area so putting something like a rug down would be impractical. The best recommendation we have, is to install . Underfloor heating and natural stone tiling are the perfect match. Not only does underfloor heating save you space on radiators and other ugly heating units, it can also save you between 15-50% of energy costs. There is also the option of purchasing an electric mat or wire system which comes in the form of (obviously) a mat. However, for a kitchen, we wouldn’t recommend an electric mat or wire system although this it is cheaper to install than conventional underfloor heating.

The kitchen is a high traffic area so putting something like a rug down would be impractical. The best recommendation we have, is to install underfloor heating. Underfloor heating and natural stone tiling are the perfect match. Not only does underfloor heating save you space on radiators and other ugly heating units, it can also save you between 15-50% of energy costs. There is also the option of purchasing an electric mat or wire system which comes in the form of (obviously) a mat. However, for a kitchen, we wouldn’t recommend an electric mat or wire system although this it is cheaper to install than conventional underfloor heating.

 

How to Warm up your Bathroom Natural Stone Tiles

Natural stone tiles are ideal for underfloor heating as they transfer heat so effectively. Even if you don’t install underfloor heating in all your natural stone tiled rooms, the bathroom is definitely a room you should consider investing it. There is nothing nicer than hopping out of the shower and onto a warm floor – particularly in winter.

The best option to go for here is hot water (wet) underfloor heating. This is basically central heating for your floor - plastic pipes are installed under the stone and the water is pumped around it. As this particular type of underfloor heating uses water at a lower temperature than radiators, it can help to decrease water heating costs.

 

The Best way to Heat up your Living Room Natural Stone Tiles

Depending on the size of your living room, you have a couple of options on what is the best way to warm up your tiles. As we’ve previously stated, natural stone tiles are exceedingly easy to heat up and will retain heat incredibly well. So, if you’re lucky enough to have some sort of fire or wood burner in your living room, you may be sorted.

The heat from the fire is enough to heat up the tiles and keep them hot for a long time. As fires/wood burners are long burning too, your tiles may still be warm in the morning (plus they’re much safer for fires and easier to clean than carpet!) Alternatively, you can purchase a big rug to heat up the centre of the floor although that would mean covering some of your beautiful tiles which is not what you want! Similarly, a heated mat/wire system would work well to heat up the floor but at the cost of the aesthetics of your stone. Therefore, we would recommend underfloor heating to warm every part of the floor whilst still showing off your stunning natural stone tiles.

 

We hope that this has helped to give you some ideas on how to make sure your tiles stay warm no matter the time of day or time of season.

 

 

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