In the winter months, it is hard not to think of ways to make your Minnesota home warmer. Concrete flooring is becoming much more common for homeowners to choose when getting their floors done. From its durability to sustainability, most find it the perfect option for their home office, kids’ room, finished basement, or any other room in their home. And while most believe that once you have coated your concrete, it can’t get any better than that, there is a sustainable option for making your concrete floors even more comfortable in your home, and that’s with heated flooring.
How Do I Heat My Concrete Floors?
When looking into getting new concrete floors or remodeling your old floors, something to consider before the concrete pouring begins is radiant floor heating. This type of heating system takes place under concrete with electric heating coils or water-heated tubing. Radiant floor heating is installed in the concrete slab before it is poured, and once the concrete is set and finished, it transforms your floors into a radiator of warm, even heat.
Beyond just warming up your feet, radiant floor heating can become a substitute for your household air-warming system because once the heat goes through the concrete, it continues upward from the floor to continuously warm the rest of the room.
Heating Existing Concrete Floors
Depending on the age and condition of your existing flooring, it is possible to heat the concrete floors you already have. Though radiant floor heating is more often seen performed before the initial concrete is laid, it can be added to existing concrete. This process is done in the same procedure as it would with new concrete. You place the heating coils or tubes onto the concrete and then go in with an extra layer of concrete atop the coils to create your heated floors. Another way is to fit insulation and a low-profile electric floor heater before adding the new layer of leveling compound and the concrete overlay. The process will feel like you are getting new floors regardless.
Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating
Beyond having beautifully coated and warm floors, there are many benefits to having radiant floor heating for your home.
- It can allow your home the convenience of year-round heating that a regular air-forced system would cost you thousands of dollars to do so
- Having this system reduces any allergens that may circulate in your home because of the air systems being used
- Saves you on energy and cost compared to other heating methods
- It has countless environmental benefits like straying away from forced-air energy use and overall carries a smaller environmental footprint in your home
How Long Do Your Heated Floors Last?
Homeowners will be pleased to know that once these systems are in place, they can last up to 100 years with little to no maintenance and, on average last over 25+ years without any issues. Having these heated floors will save you money by using less energy and prevents you from continuously paying for repairs on your heated air system. In addition, you will save on the cost of labor if the flooring is changed to concrete anyway. The comfort and cost savings of running the system on your heating bills will be worth the long time savings.
Talk to the Experts
Don’t waste time wishing that you had warm concrete floors this winter! Concrete Coatings of Minnesota specializes in making your floors look and feel perfect for your home. We specialize in all concrete flooring projects, including garage flooring, basements, and kitchens. For any questions regarding the concrete flooring process, contact us today!