It seems that there’s no end to the usefulness of the tile: from ruggedness to good looks to longevity, the reasons to have tiles in your home keep piling up. But what about some of the lesser-known benefits of tile floors, such as better cooling?
Gearing your home for warm weather
That’s right: tiles can actually help keep your home cooler during warmer periods. It’s fair to say that plenty of home owners like walking around the home barefoot and aren’t going to change their habits any time soon. Yet warm flooring during summertime can quickly make you feel as if there’s nowhere to run from all the heat – tiles can help a great deal here.
Unlike most forms of floor covering, tiles have their own way of keeping heat at bay and therefore rarely get warm or hot. Even when the temperature outside is scorching hot, your tiles should have an easy-enough time staying cool and helping you chill out.
But there’s more than just the overwhelmingly-pleasant sensation of standing or walking over a set of cool tiles on a hot summer day: installing additional tiles might even help you reduce air conditioning costs. The mechanism behind this isn’t too complex: since tiles will do a decent job of keeping your body temperature down on their own, you won’t have to crank up the AC nearly as much as you would otherwise.
Lots of families are unwilling to expand their tile sets from the kitchen and bathroom to other rooms in the house – oftentimes, it’s a matter of familiarity more than anything else. Still, the sheer amount of available tile designs should make this flooring a consideration for any family dealing with excessive heat during the summer.
But what about winter?
As great as tiles are during the summer, they can feel a bit lackluster come winter time. The same thing that makes them summertime favorites also makes them less effective during colder days: they just don’t have a very good way of keeping heat.
When winter comes, you could easily find the tiles on your floors becoming the coldest part of the home unless you’re using floor heating. Fortunately, there’s an easy way of rectifying this while keeping all the benefits that tiles bring: carpets.
While carpets on tiles aren’t the most common of sights, the two nonetheless complement each other well and work to bring the most out of any home. With the right set of carpets covering your tiles, you can have all the warmth during the winter and all the coolness during the summer with just a simple roll-up of the rugs. They don’t even need to be expensive – don’t be surprised to find a cheap rug that offers tremendous insulation.
And, as an added benefit, the durability of tiles makes them a safe choice to cover with virtually any carpet – whereas another type of flooring might suffer scratches or marks from rough or dirty carpets, tiles will simply need a good mopping to get right back into shape.