Radiant in Residential

Preparing homes for the wear-and-tear of winter

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 10:50

As the season of wet boots and snow-covered clothing has commenced, the need to prepare a residence for the inevitable mess that comes with winter becomes paramount for any homeowner.

The spot where one enters a home, and where the guests are welcomed, can be a difficult place to decorate. Although there are several ways to greet visitors with comfort, including heated floors and festive decorations, protecting the surfaces of a home is important.

According to an article in The Associated Press, the type of flooring that once one chooses needs to be able to withstand water, mud and other outside particles, especially during winter months.

Several industry experts recommend corking a section of the floor, as the squares are durable, easy-to-clean and are available in a number of styles and colors. This will help to prevent long-term damage to a more expensive type of flooring, and will ease the life of a homeowner.

"You can add color, texture or pattern by laying them out in the desired pattern," an expert told the AP. He added that once this done, attention should be focused around "cutting the end tiles to size."

Inexpensive tiles can be placed into any room where guests are going to be traveling in and out, helping to eliminate the high costs of getting a whole section of flooring replaced. These tiles can also be placed over a radiant heating system that is installed as part of the subfloor, allowing for maximum comfort for any visitors to the residence.

A radiant heating system can also allow for visitors to immediately remove their footwear and be embraced by a warm surface. This type of comfort is not available with a more conventional heating system.