Are you tired of freezing cold floors in winter? Fortunately, there’s no need to tolerate concrete floors that are uncomfortably cold underfoot ever again, as solutions are available, including a variety of radiant underfloor heating solutions like in-slab, in-screed and ultra-thin floor heating, all of which we offer at Comfort Heat in Warriewood, Sydney for new and existing homes.
Concrete Flooring — Attractive and Aesthetically Appealing but Cold
Concrete flooring delivers fantastic aesthetics, making it a popular choice in contemporary and modern homes, and while it’s great in summer and keeps interior spaces cool and comfortable, it can be very cold and unpleasant in winter. Concrete floors aren’t only cold underfoot — without adequate heating, they make the entire space cold.
So, what heating solutions are available to homeowners? There are many ways to make concrete floors and interior spaces more comfortable, including covering floors with thick rugs and mats, installing a heating system or using portable heaters, but none of these options can match radiant floor heating in terms of efficiency, effectiveness or aesthetics.
What Is Radiant Floor Heating?
Radiant floor heating, either electric or hydronic underfloor heating, is a simple and straightforward heating solution that enables homeowners (and business owners) to enjoy the aesthetic and functional benefits that concrete flooring provides without having to endure cold floors and interior spaces in winter. Hydronic underfloor heating is an affordable heating solution that keeps heating and overall energy costs down and is compatible with environmentally friendly energy sources, including natural gas, heat pumps and solar.
In-slab radiant floor heating is the most popular option for large floor areas and uses a network of hydronic pipes which circulate hot water or electrical elements (electric floor heating) that are installed in the concrete slab when it’s poured. But what if you have an existing concrete floor? If you aren’t looking to install new concrete floors and have a radiant floor heating system installed as part of the project, your other option is in-screed underfloor heating, available as hydronic or electric heating systems.
- In-screed underfloor heating
In-screed heating is a popular option for modern homes, especially in bathrooms where traditional heaters are not suitable. A major benefit to in-screed underfloor heating systems is their fast response time which means, depending on the thickness of the screed, they can reach the set temperature in as little as 1-2 hours. You should note that in-screed systems require a sand and cement bed (50mm minimum) to be laid on top.
- Ultra-thin underfloor heating
If you’re planning to cover your concrete floors and install heating beneath the new floor surface, you may like to consider ultra-thin underfloor heating. With this radiant underfloor heating solution, an ultra-thin heating mat is glued directly to the floor beneath the new floor covering. Ultra-thin floor heating has an exceptionally fast response time and reaches set temperatures in as little as 60 minutes.
Like to learn more about making your concrete floors more comfortable underfoot and reducing your heating bills in winter? Contact Comfort Heat on 02 9979 8600 for a quote or further information about our electric and hydronic floor heating solutions.