burlington flooringAs the months get colder, it’s time to start thinking about ways to stay warm without pushing the upper limits of your electricity bill this winter. Although the thermostat may be the easiest way to keep your Burlington home cozy, your floors can have a huge impact on how efficient your heating system is and how warm you stay during the holidays. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International Burlington ON have compiled the best ways to use flooring to stay warm this winter.

How Flooring Affects Warmth

As with windows, floors are an area through which heat can escape. You may have already gone to great lengths to insulate your windows to cut back on drafts and electricity this winter, but have you done the same for your floors? Some flooring materials like carpet or cork are very insulating. They serve as a barrier that traps a room’s internal temperature. Other floors like stone and tile are highly conductive, and these allow heat to escape quickly, out through the floor. This is why tile and stone feels cold to the touch in cool or shaded environments.

Warm Up With Wool

Carpet is one of the best flooring materials for insulating your home and staying warm this winter. The fibrous material and carpet pad help to prevent heat from escaping into the subfloor. Out of the countless carpet material choices on the market, however, wool is perhaps the best for staying warm. Wool clothing is known for the warmth it provides, so it’s no surprise that this carpeting is also incredibly cozy and luxurious.

If you don’t want to install new carpeting throughout your home, consider placing wool area rugs over your tile, stone, or even hardwood floors. These will keep the floor feeling warm underfoot, and will provide an extra insulating barrier to keep your home warm.

Keep Cozy With Cork

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Cork is another highly insulating material. It is comprised of myriad tiny air pockets that help to insulate the home. Cork flooring has been growing increasingly popular amongst homeowners not only because it helps to insulate warmth but also because it is cushiony underfoot, eco-friendly, and unique.

Cork can also be used as an underlayment for other floors. This is a great option for homeowners who want to benefit from the insulating properties of cork but who prefer the look of hardwood. Pair a cork underlayment with luxury vinyl plank for an easily installed, hardwood-look floor that is both durable and warm.

Radiant Heating

Radiant floor heating is another great option for staying warm. This kind of heating system warms a room from the ground up, rather than by blowing heated air out through vents. Radiant floor heating systems are most efficient when paired with conductive flooring like tile or stone, because these floors will readily release the heat into the room. This is a great option for homeowners who want a cozy underfoot feel during the winter but who still want the look of tile or stone floors.

Get Started in Burlington Today

Knowing how to use flooring to your advantage can be the key to helping you stay warm this winter in Burlington. Contact Floor Coverings International Burlington ON to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect flooring for your home. We proudly serve the greater Oakville and Burlington areas.

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