There is no question that there are many beautiful bedroom tiles out there, but the question many have is this: are those tiles too cold to be used for flooring? The answer might surprise you. Keep reading to learn about the issue, and then contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 if you are interested in learning more about the many tiles we have available.
Ceramic Tiles Might Feel Colder to the Feet
It is true that a room with ceramic tiles is likely to feel colder than a room that is carpeted or has hardwood. This is because floor tiles repeal heat, which makes them feel colder. Other types of flooring retain heat, which makes the flooring seem warmer.
The Science of Floor Temperature
You might have noticed that we said that the room is likely to feel colder, but we did not say that it will be colder. In fact, the temperature of your tile is going to be the same temperature as any object you have in the same room, but it will feel colder. Why? Because of heat transfer.
Heat transfer refers to the movement of heat from one object onto another object. When heat is transferred to a colder object, the warmer object feels warmer. In this case, the warmer object is our feed. The issue here is the speed at which the heat transfers – and that depends on the material the object is made of.
Tile is a better conductor of heat, which means that it feels cooler than carpet or wood does. When you touch the floor, and it feels cold on your foot, that is not because the tile is cooler – it is the fact that heat is being pulled from our feet much faster because the tile is an excellent heat conductor.
Ceramic Tiles Are a Great Match for Radiant Floor Heating Systems
The same concept can help tile floors to feel warmer in the winter months. When they are paired with a radiant floor heating system, the tiles heat up very quickly and can instantly transfer that heat to your feet. While this is not a necessity in most parts of California, there are other steps you can take to make your tile feel warmer in cool months.
A Few Wisely Placed Rugs Can Make All the Difference
If you appreciate the look, durability, ease of maintenance, and durability of tile flooring, but you worry that your feet will be cold in the morning, might we suggest investing in a few wisely placed rugs? They can truly make all the difference and keep you cozy on cooler days. To learn more about your ceramic flooring options, contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 right away.