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Underfloor Heating With Stone Tile Flooring

Jan 13, 2008
Underfloor heating with stone tile flooring make the ideal couple; stone tiles retain the heat from the underfloor heating, they both require little maintenance, and they can add value to your home.

This article will discuss the growth of underfloor heating in the UK market, the benefits of underfloor heating and stone tile flooring, and the similarities they share.

Growth of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating has grown in popularity in both the domestic and the commercial sector as more people realise the lifestyle benefits of having underfloor heating installed. The market is valued at approximately 80 million and has shown rapid growth since the start of the decade when it was worth less than 10 million. Some industry observers are forecasting that the underfloor heating sector could be worth approximately 100 million within the next 3-4 years.

Key factors that will influence the growth of the underfloor heating market are: a continued growth in the self-build housing market installing underfloor heating systems. Underfloor heating systems being used in new build homes as underfloor heating is now compatible with standard floor construction regulations. Growth in the conservatory sector and consumer tastes changing in floor coverings. More consumers are opting for wood/laminate and tiles, which often incorporates installing underfloor heating to take the 'chill' from the floor.

Benefits of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is an invisible heating system - no noisy pipes or radiators are needed and that enables you to have complete design freedom in your home. The heat is spread evenly throughout the room, instead of being centred around a radiator or a fireplace, which provides a comfortable even climate. Underfloor heating is also safe, clean, draft free and easy to install.

Prior to underfloor heating being laid, floor insulation should be added to prevent heat loss into the subfloor, otherwise more energy would be needed to heat the room. In most cases, underfloor heating can be the primary source of heating in a home as long as there is adequate insulation.

Benefits of stone tile flooring

Stone tile flooring is healthier than carpets; it reduces dust and house mites and doesn't trap hair or dirt. Once laid, the flooring will always look good, and some types of stone are like a good bottle wine - they improve with age.

Stone tiles can be laid throughout the home: hallway, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom, walk-in showers, and wet rooms. It is becoming increasingly popular in both period and modern settings, and in some new builds, stone tile flooring is even being laid in bedrooms.

Stone tile floors have been used for centuries in the home; the traditional base was natural earth, but today they are usually laid on concrete that has been finished with a sand and cement screed. Stone tiles can be laid on timber floors, however because they are heavy you will need to ensure the structure can support the extra weight.

Similarities of stone tile flooring and underfloor heating

Both are:

* Practical and easy to maintain

* Ideal for allergy sufferers and asthmatics due to reduced creation of dust and house mites.

* Long lasting and cost-effective - once the tiles are laid, they never need to be replaced, unlike carpet and laminated flooring, and underfloor heating should last as long as the wiring in your house.

* Great investment for your property

Conclusion

Underfloor heating with stone tile flooring is growing in popularity as more people appreciate the benefits they can bring to the home and business. Not only is a room enhanced with underfloor heating as there aren't any pipes or radiators, the stone tile flooring will add a touch of class to the overall appearance.
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Suzy Bunting wrote the article 'Underfloor Heating with Stone Tile Flooring' and recommends you visit FloorHeating.ltd.uk to find an underfloor heating system for your home.
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