Underfloor heating: a winter must when paired with ceramic tiles

Underfloor heating: a winter must when paired with ceramic tiles

In residential properties there are many benefits to installing underfloor heating together with ceramic tiles. It is for this reason that underfloor heating systems are increasingly specified for new-build projects, as opposed to traditional radiators: they are rapidly becoming the standard in modern, energy-efficient homes.

Ceramic tiles: the ideal accompaniment to underfloor heating systems

Ceramic tiles complement underfloor heating systems perfectly; this is because ceramic tiles offer the least resistance and transfer heat particularly effectively. Ceramic tiles offer superior thermal conductivity compared to other flooring options, such as timber or carpet, meaning that energy from the heating pipe can transfer quickly to the surface of the tile.

Furthermore, underfloor heating and ceramic tiles are an extremely versatile combination and can be used in living rooms, bedrooms, conservatories, wet rooms, bathrooms and beyond. Increasingly popular open-plan living requires flooring that visually unifies a larger space, yet suits 'zones' with varying purposes. Underfloor heating is an excellent option for expansive rooms, as it provides consistent, even warmth, is efficient and discreet and makes an excellent alternative to cumbersome wall-mounted radiators.

Underfloor heating and ceramic tiles – keeping energy bills low

Although underfloor heating provides an impression of comfort and luxury – and there is commonly a misconception of it being expensive – the reality is that pairing ceramic tiles with an underfloor heating system is a highly efficient and, thus cost-effective, solution.

The initial cost of underfloor heating installation may be slightly more expensive than a traditional boiler and radiators, but it costs comparatively less to run in the long term. Traditional heating operates on a convection basis whilst, with underfloor heating, digital thermostats give incredible control and flexibility over settings to ensure optimum heat whilst avoiding wastage, typically saving between 10-40% on energy bills.

In residential properties, underfloor heating and ceramic tiles are an economical choice, due to their combined energy-efficiency; they are also beneficial from an eco-friendly point of view.

Ceramic tiles and underfloor heating: the eco-friendly solution

Underfloor heating systems are one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to heat the home. One of the main advantages with underfloor heating is that no heat is wasted, as the room is warmed from the floor up – thus dispelling the commonly held 'myth' that ceramic tiles are cold underfoot.

The practicality of ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are stylish and durable which makes them extremely practical for use in functional, high traffic areas such as kitchens or hallways, and pairing them with underfloor heating ticks all the boxes for a modern home.

Electric versus water underfloor heating

There are two main types of underfloor heating system to choose from: electric underfloor heating, which is also known as a dry system, and water underfloor heating, or a wet system. There are pros and cons to each system and each type is used in different scenarios. Because electric systems are generally slim in profile they are easier to install in an existing room compared to a wet heating system which requires space for pipework and could involve the floor being raised and tends to be used in new-build properties.

At Square Foot Ceramics we offer a selection of high quality ceramic tiles and our Projects team are on hand to provide expert advice on the type of tile and underfloor heating system best suited to the space or project. No matter what the specification or project, we are confident that we can source the right product.

To find out more about our extensive range of ceramic tiles, speak to a member of the Square Foot Projects team on 0208 397 6284.

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