How To Warm Up A Cold Concrete Floor

Concrete floors are becoming popular inside of homes. This is because concrete is affordable, durable, long-lasting, and with the right staining, etching and stamping process, can be made to look like expensive natural stone tiles. However, one of the downsides to concrete flooring is that it can be cold during the winter months. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can go about warming up the concrete. The options should be installed before the concrete floor is laid, so talk to a concrete contractor before you lay a concrete floor if this is a concern for you. Here are three different ways to warm up a cold concrete floor: 

With Insulation

One of the ways that you can heat up a cold concrete floor is to lay insulating panes over the concrete sub-floor before laying the floor layer of concrete down. These insulating panes help to block the cold that radiates from the sub-floor, ensuring that your floor stays warm during the winter months. Insulating panes are best laid down before your concrete floor is laid. This is because the insulation can be thicker when done early on in the project. However, if your current concrete floor is too cold and not functional for you, thing insulation panes can be laid, and a new layer of concrete can be installed. The new concrete will have to be stained, etched and stamped again though, so this is a costly option. 

With Radiant Heat

Another way that a concrete floor can be warmed up is through the use of radiant heat. Radiant heat is the type of heating method that is laid under tiles to keep them warm. Once again, this method should be done before the concrete floor is laid. The radiant heating pads are installed directly on your sub-floor. From there, your concrete floor can be laid over the heating pads. When the pads are activated, they radiate heat, which makes the concrete floor feel toasty warm. 

With Carpeting

If you already have a concrete floor, the cheapest and most effective way to keep it warm is with carpets or rugs. Some people use carpet tiles over the floor in the winter months to help insulate the floor, while others simply lay large throw rugs down. The carpet helps to block the heat the concrete floor gives off, helping to keep your space warmer. 

If you are planning on installing a concrete floor in your home, now is the best time to think about warming up that cold floor during the winter months. Insulation and radiant heating can be installed before the concrete slab is laid, helping to ensure the floor is never too cold. But, if it is too late for that, placing carpet squares or throw rugs can help warm up the floor. Contact a concrete contractor about ready-mix concrete to learn more about concrete flooring and how to heat yours up.