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Heated flooring: yes or no? Plus four unique flooring options

July 8, 2017

To Heat or Not to Heat

Heated floors add a surprising, non-visual feeling of luxury to your home. Flooring can be heated using a “wet” system (pipes under the floor are pumped with warm water) or a “dry” system (electric coils are installed and controlled by a thermostat).

Water underfloor heating systems are ideal for larger areas and new constructions. However, they are relatively expensive and are notoriously difficult to install. In comparison, electric underfloor heating offers a cheaper and easier installation, but associated hydro costs can experience a significant increase.

It is also extremely important to consider whether an underfloor heating system will work with your desired flooring material. While tile, laminate, and engineered wood are stable, good conductors and resistant to warping, radiant heat should not be used with large area rugs, wall-to-wall carpet, and vinyl.

 

Unique and Uncommon Flooring Options

Carpet

  • made of natural or synthetic fibers
  • ranges from inexpensive to luxury
  • offers insulation and sound-minimization

Cork

  • environmentally friendly and sustainable material
  • great for high-traffic areas
  • stays at room temperature

Leather

  • contemporary and fashion-forward
  • comes in floor tiles and planks
  • recycled material options

Vinyl

  • perfect for retro home decor
  • can be painted for a unique aesthetic

Polycarbonate panels

  • can withstand extreme force
  • great option for staircases
  • ideal for commercial applications
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