The days are getting shorter and the nights colder, and with the cost-of-living crisis forcing many of us to delay switching on the central heating, it’s sensible to make sure your housed interiors are working to keep you warm. Certain types of flooring are warmer than others, so read on for some tips as to which flooring types are best to keep you cosy throughout those chilly winter months!
The structure of cork means that it actually stores pockets of warmth, meaning even without socks or slippers, it’s pleasant and warm to walk on and will help you save on those energy bills. Other benefits to cork are that it is also eco-friendly and absorbs sound, so is a great choice if you live in a flat or apartment.
Cushioned vinyl flooring is made from multiple layers which feels warm and comfortable underfoot, or can be layered with a cork or foam underlay. It’s also inexpensive and comes in a variety of styles and colours.
Laminate does not transmit heat but, again, when layered with a padding underneath it can feel much warmer underfoot. It’s a great choice if you like the appearance of laminate, but dread stepping out of bed on a cold, winter morning.
If you don’t want to replace your floor but hate cold toes, making use of rugs is an inexpensive way of warming your floor. Use them strategically to create zones, such as a reading corner or chill-out area, as well as next to beds and in doorways.
Although we are trying to avoid using heating, underfloor heating is often a good compromise. If installed correctly and your home is well-insulated, underfloor heating is more efficient than central heating.