Interior Design & Flooring

Key flooring trends that work with radiant floor heating

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 21:26

Homeowners across the country are looking to increase the value of their house and improve the look and function of its key living spaces. Replacing the floors in rooms like the kitchen, living or master suite can drastically impact the look and feel of a house without blowing the budget. 
When paired with a radiant floor heating installation, the following flooring materials can increase the value of a property. A wide range of flooring options are compatible with a radiant floor heating system, which allows a homeowner to select from a variety of choices until he or she knows that the final pick is the right one. The heating solution uses the science of conduction to pass heat through a flooring material and into a room. As a result, the flooring material must have thermal capabilities and allow heat to radiate out effectively. 
Here are three flooring materials that a homeowner can use with radiant floor heating:
1) Stained concrete. For homeowners who like modern aesthetics there is always an option of putting in a stained concrete floor. This unique material is highly durable and can be customized to meet the style and taste of an individual. Consider creating a texture, a natural pattern or a sleek design in the concrete for a custom flooring option. Stained concrete is durable and very easy to clean, which makes is a perfect material in high-traffic areas of a home like hallways or the kitchen. In addition, the eco-friendly material stores the warmth from the radiant floor heating system to act as a thermal conductor in the cooler winter months. During the warmer months, that same material helps cool a space down. 
2) Reclaimed wood. Shabby chic and sustainable design are very trendy at the moment, which is why many homeowners are looking to use reclaimed wood in their home. The warm tones of wood, mixed with the wider plank style that is achievable with older pieces make a house feel lived in and cozy. Contractors and interior designers are looking all over the country to claim wood from older barns, factories and buildings that are coming down. Wood is then stripped of any paint, restained, sanded and installed in a house as flooring or furniture. Reclaimed wood is an ideal solution for a master bedroom because it allows the warmth from a radiant floor heating system to slowly fill a space, creating a relaxing atmosphere. 
3) Glass tile. Skip the traditional ceramic tiles in the bathroom and kitchen and consider a more eco-friendly option. Recycled glass tile floors are becoming popular in rooms that accumulate a lot of mess and moisture - like a bathroom or kitchen. The tiles are durable, prevent mold and bacteria growth and allow for unique patterned designs. When one tile does break, it is a simple process to replace one unit instead of the entire floor. Glass tiles are also able to come in a wide range of sizes and colors, which allows a homeowner to create a customizable pattern. A homeowner can skip tradition and create a unique space that is reflective of his or her taste. In addition, glass tile is also often made from recycled materials, which makes it a much more sustainable option to pick from if a homeowner wishes to reduce the carbon footprint associated with a house.