When you’re looking to replace the flooring your home there are so many options to choose from. Do you want hardwood or vinyl plank? Or maybe you want carpet? Do you want light or dark floors? All of these things can make it feel overwhelming and you have no idea where to start.
To add in another option, especially for kitchens and bathrooms, you can choose to add in-floor heating to your home. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of heated flooring, here’s a little more information to help you make your decision.
Pro: Evenly Heated Rooms
One of the biggest benefits to having heated floors, in any room, is that the systems can create uniform heating throughout the room. These systems work by first heating the entire floor and, since heat rises, it then evenly heats the affected room. People living in a home with this heating will feel warmer at a lower temperature because you won’t feel cold drafts nor will you be moving through areas of uneven heating or cooling.
Pro: Low to No Maintenance
Installing heated floors has a luxury sound to it, but luckily for you, it doesn’t come with the luxury maintenance price tag. These floors require very little, if any, regular maintenance. Many electric floor-heating systems come with 20 or 25-year warranties, so if anything does happen the work is likely covered. For the benefit they provide, the maintenance is incredibly low.
Pro: Energy Efficient
Having heated floors can be up to 25% more efficient than a forced-air way of heating. The reason? These systems don’t allow for the heat they produce to escape in the same way forced-air systems do. So, essentially it means any heat they produce is retained in the home and therefore they don’t have to keep heating after air escapes.
Con: You’ll Have to Replace Floors
Love the tile in your bathroom? Well, if you want to have heated floors in any room in your house you’re going to have to replace the existing flooring. The reason for this is that the system to provide the heat has to go underneath the floor and chances are you won’t be able to re-use any tile you rip up. If you want heated floors, you’ll have to replace the existing ones.
Con: Upfront Costs
Unlike regular flooring, if you’ve decided to install heated flooring your upfront costs are going to go way up. Typically, to install heated floors your cost will be between $10 and $20/square foot. This may also affect your operating costs, especially if you choose an electric system and the cost of electricity is high in your area.
Heated flooring is a luxury item for any house, but it is one that is pretty easy to install and requires very little maintenance to keep it working. There are some cons to having one of these systems, and it might not be right for your home. It’s important to research all your options before committing to one to make sure you’re making an informed decision.
Are you interested in getting heated flooring for some of the rooms in your home? Contact us today for an estimate.