When you think of selecting tiles, you must think of warmer weather, bare feet, and doors flung open to let in the summer wind. Generally, you don’t consider colder weather, and many (somewhat mistakenly) often exclude tiled floors off their list, thinking that they’ll be cold, sterile, and difficult to heat. This is not always the case. Tiles can make an excellent floor covering, despite the season or climate that you live in.
While winter renovating may influence the decisions on styles and materials used, Tile’s designers warned that decisions about flooring choice needed to not only be on trend but also transcend the seasons. Tiles are not just the practical choice either; tiles come in unlimited colors, textures, patterns, designs, and shapes to fit everyone’s lifestyle and home. Tiles can also be the most comfortable flooring choice in the winter with under tile heating. With so many different tiles in the market, it is essential to select the right tile for your home.
From bathrooms, kitchens and laundries to living areas, bedrooms, balconies and swimming pools, your home can greatly benefit by selecting tiles.
Ideal Tiling Conditions
When installation products are made in a laboratory, the work is regulated in a controlled environment. Winds are not allowed, the temperature should be 72º F, and the relative humidity should be 50%. These guidelines are required by ANSI to remove outside variables that could skew the testing results and discredit comparative evaluations of the products.
Unfortunately, most of the tiles are not installed in these perfect conditions. Tile installation product manufacturers try to predict less-than-ideal conditions by field testing their products under various weather parameters. From that information, they will generally recommend the installation of tile when the temperature is between 50º F and 100º F.
Thermal Conductivity of the Material
Heat transfer means the movement of heat from a relatively hot thing to a cooler one, rather than the transfer of ‘coldness’ between them. So when we hold ice, and our hands get cold, we do not absorb the ‘cold’ from the ice. Instead, heat is moving out from our warm hands into the colder ice, and thus our hands become colder.
Not every material transfers heat at the same range. Some materials such as metal, stone, etc. conduct heat very effectively, whereas others like cloth or air – have low conductivity and act as good insulators. For example, tiles are a superior conductor of heat than rug or wood. So, when you step out of your bed onto carpet on a winter morning, the carpet does not have the conductive capability to remove the heat from your feet as easily as a tiled floor. Consequently, the rug feels warmer than the tiles, even though both the carpet and tiles are at the same ambient temperature.
So, we can say people should think about the weather when they choose tiles. We already know that tiles are warm material for flooring. Now let’s read some other points why you need to consider tiles along with the weather factors.
Reasons to Consider Tiles
1. Durability: Tiles are an amazing choice for high traffic areas because of the product’s strength. If you think of a flooring product that lasts years after years, look no further than tiles. Over thousands of years, tiles already prove its durability and flexibility. Floors tiles of Ancient Rome are still in use. The Romans were creative users of ceramics to tile walls, floors. They are also popular to create magnificent attractive effects in their homes and public areas through tiles.
2. Ease of maintenance: Usually, tiles need minimal effort and time to keep clean. They are effectively non-porous and tend not to absorb any liquid, smoke, or fumes. The interesting part is the tile floor needs to clean once a week usually. At first, a quick vacuum or sweep of the place to remove the dirt and dust from the area. Then use a wet mop or cloth and water with a drop or two of vinegar. You do not require any soaps, detergents, powders, or chemical cleaners for regular cleaning.
3. Allergens: Certain floors could be behind sneezing, itching, and allergies; tiles, however, are seen as the allergy-friendly flooring choice. Tiles are a very hygienic and unpolluted floor covering. They don’t collect dust, pet hairs, or mites. They are easy to keep clean and spotless. Tiles are resistant to mold, and they carry some compounds that can inflame allergies.
4. Look-a-like tiles: Tiles are a long-lasting, rigid, and durable alternative to natural resources like timbers, marbles, and stones, which are becoming harder to source day by day. You can create low-maintenance with the help of look-alike maintenance tiles. Natural construction products like wood, brick, cement, marble, and stone are the almost replicated tiles in the market and have really opened up a new area of choice. By installing tiles, you can have the timber or brick look that you so desperately want in homes you would not usually be able to use these natural resources.
5. Toasty toes: Under-tile heating is the perfect winter warmer for bathrooms, living areas, or any other cold area. It keeps a tiled room hotter for longer than other heating tools. Under-tile heating creates a drier environment by emitting heat to all solid objects, and the air is warmed by convection. This means a room stays warm long after the system is turned off, unlike traditional heaters, where the heat disappears quickly. It is child-safe with no exposed heaters. So it is a safer option for parents. Under-tile heating also prevents mold from homes or buildings.
6. Weather Resistance: You don’t generally think about this when selecting tiles for your kitchen or your bathroom, but outdoor tiles need to withstand the weather’s temperature and conditions. For example, if you live in a place with a rough contrast between the seasons, you will require tiles with a low water absorption rate. In this way, they won’t absorb water that will freeze and thaw along with the temperature changes. For example, sandstone will absorb a lot of water, while porcelain won’t. However, You won’t have to deal with your tiles cracking because of potential frozen water stored in them by considering this.
Tile is rigid and transmits heat far more effectively than other common flooring materials like carpet, wood, laminate, and vinyl. Because of this, tile is often said to be ‘colder’ than these types of flooring.
However, if you want to have a well-heated floor, then there’s no better material than tile to convey that snug, comfy feeling of warmth into your body. So let’s kill the fallacy here and now – tile is not cold, cold floors are cold.