A house, apartment or office can be heated in many ways – various radiators, a fireplace, tiled stove or underfloor heating can be direct heat sources. Each choice comes with some consequences. By installing radiators – you lose some of your free space. By choosing a traditional fireplace – you have to put up with an increased amount of dust and systematic cleaning of the fireplace space.
Underfloor heating is economical and one of the least troublesome ways to provide heating at home (you will find more information and advice on underfloor heating and choosing the right cladding here. The whole space of walls and floors remains at our disposal. The rooms are also heated evenly, without the effect of overheating near the radiators and insufficient heating in areas away from them. Another “pro” argument is low air circulation and low amount of dust in the air in areas heated this way. Moreover, the underfloor heating system can act as a cooling system in summer.
Stone and wood – a timeless combination of natural colours and textures allow creating a friendly, atmospheric bathroom. Lack of radiators on the walls provides more space and the heated floor inhibits the growth of microbes. Naturstone Collection, Ceramika Paradyż.
Choosing the cladding for underfloor heating
In theory, almost every type of cladding will be suitable for use with underfloor heating. In practice, however, it is good to choose a solution that will be a good heat conductor and thus more cost-efficient.
Ceramic tiles or stone will definitely be a better choice than a classic, thick parquet or padded carpet, which acts as effective heat insulators. This translates into a less efficient heating system, and consequently – to higher costs of its maintenance.
In addition to the obvious economic factor associated with heat conduction, the durability of the cladding is also important.
With the use of a suitable adhesive, temperature fluctuations have no impact on the longevity of ceramic tiles. Tiles do not deform, shrink nor emit any harmful substances under high temperature.
Underfloor heating, installed under the surface of the whole house or apartment, provides comfortable condition throughout the whole year. Ceramic tiles with the appearance of natural wood perfectly conduct the heat and contribute to the design of modern space. Aveiro collection, Ceramika Paradyż.
Warm and dry bathroom
In modern construction, underfloor heating in the bathroom is usually a standard now. That is not surprising, considering it is the easiest way to ensure healthy conditions in this most humid part of the living space. Water, used in all wet hygienic practices, evaporates much faster thanks to the heated floor. Soft rugs near the shower and bathtub, are dry and ready to absorb the droplets of water whenever needed.
Underfloor heating is also perfect for allergy sufferers as it reduces the amount of fungi, bacteria and mites on the floor surface.
Going barefoot through the whole house!
Children do not like home slippers very much. Small feet prefer close contact with the ground and reliable stability of each step. Ceramic tiles, therefore, will be perfect for children’s room, because laid over the underfloor heating, they will never become unpleasantly cold.
Hygiene is also an important factor for parents. Vacuuming and wet cleaning of floors are the daily chores of caring guardians. A ceramic floor that a heating system hidden under it does not absorb moisture, is resistant to cleaning agents and quickly dries after cleaning. Increased activity of children and their unrestrained desire to shuffle, throw and experiment with a variety of toys and equipment – is another argument for a durable ceramic cladding, resistant to abrasion and dents. During the short “transitional” period when the floor is cool, a light rug can be laid in the play area – thanks to it the kids will always be comfortable.
Ceramics or wood?
Wood makes the interior cosier. However, natural wood is an insulator that reduces the effectiveness of underfloor heating. If you like wood – you can choose one of the ceramic tiles collections that perfectly imitates the look of your favourite type.
Ceramic “wood” is available in many types – from oak (and its various variants – natural, whitened or tinted), through walnut, to exotic wood. You can take into account many formats of ceramic “boards”, such as long and shorter tiles with different widths or squares combining many small parquet boards in one tile. Soft, pleasant to touch natural wood has the disadvantage of being prone to deformations – dents, scratches and abrasions. Ceramic wood is definitely more resistant to the destructive impact of everyday life. And – as we have already stated – it perfectly conducts heat, effectively cooperating with underfloor heating systems.
Natural stone is the inspiration base for countless ceramic collections. Modern advanced production technologies allow for imitating the rarest, most precious natural stones. Huge selection of colours, textures and formats opens up an unlimited arrangement potential.
Although natural stone is as good a heat conductor as ceramics and works well with underfloor heating, it is subjectively significantly colder to touch during the months when the floor is not heated. It is good to take this factor into consideration (as well as the requirements for natural stone maintenance).
Combination of aesthetics and functionality
It is good to care about the functional aesthetics of the living space.
Discreet, hidden from sight underfloor heating systems work efficiently, taking care of proper interior conditions throughout the whole year They provide heating or cooling, according to the needs of users. They are very cost-efficient when used with ceramic cladding, perfectly absorbing and giving heat to the environment. Thanks to its ease of maintenance and excellent durability, this solution is both comfortable and economical.
What are the advantages of underfloor heating combined with ceramic tiles?
Economical method of heating – the one-time cost of installing a underfloor heating system, pays off due to the high efficiency of daily use.
- Additional space – underfloor heating is hidden from sight, so the living space is not limited like when using radiators
- Even heating – this type of heating makes the heat dissipate evenly, without creating a division into warmer and cooler zones
- Perfect heat conduction – ceramic tiles are characterised by low thermal resistance, therefore underfloor heating is more effective
- Resistance to temperature fluctuations – ceramic tiles do not react to slight variations in temperature, so placing them over underfloor heating is completely safe
- Recommended for allergy sufferers – underfloor heating system reduces the amount of fungi, bacteria and mites on the floor surface
- Resistance to abrasion and dents – in addition to the comfort of heat conduction, it is also worth noting its ease of maintenance and resistance to abrasion and dirt
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