Interior Design & Flooring

Flooring trends indicate move to comfort and value

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 09:47

Many individuals are transitioning to choosing flooring based on value and comfort as opposed tofavoring an expensive and trendy option, according to an article by HGTV. The expert noted that the economy has had an effect on consumers and they are favoring a more practical approach.

"There’s definitely been a shift from spending to savings," Chris Davis, the president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association, told the news source. "But that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t buying flooring: it means they’re looking for value and comfort. They might not be moving up right now, but they’re still into feathering the nest."

Homeowners should consider this idea when deciding what type of heater they are going to install in their residence. A radiant heating system offers a unique mix of comfort and value, as warmth is obtained in a more energy efficient fashion than conventional heaters.

A conventional heater allows for a significant amount of parasitic heat loss, often cause by holes or cracks in a furnace, heating ducts or radiators that provide the home with warmth. This loss of heat is eliminated when a home is outfitted with a radiant system.

The technology is installed as part of a subfloor, and this allows for the heat to radiate up from the floor in a more efficient fashion than other technologies. The unique integration of aluminum tubing into a baseboard helps to maximize the output for the system.

Along with the lack of heat loss, helping to lower the amount of necessary to warm a house, the technology can be placed under any surface. This allows homeowners to choose a more efficient type of flooring.