If there is one disadvantage to owning marble floor, it would be its fast dropping temperature when the cold sets in. Marble is a great material for any other season, except for winter, when it can be icy cold, especially without the right heating system. It is for this reason that you should consider how to keep your marble floor (and feet) warm come the winter months. Below are heating systems you could consider as you decide between flooring installations:
- Under-the-floor heating – Under-floor heating is best for new marble floor installations. If you are set to redo an entire floor area and would want to use marble or any stone tile for the job, under-the-floor heating technologies are widely available for installing directly under your chosen material. Stone and minerals like marble have good thermal density, giving them the ability to radiate heat longer, even after your heating system has long been switched off. This will help you keep rooms warm at lower cost. If you have an existing marble floor and would want an under-floor heating system installed, you are up for a larger, and more costly job, although nothing that can’t be done with the help of the right professionals.
- Low-level duct heating – Low-level duct heating is probably a less intimidating solution if you don’t want to tear up your marble floor. This is a good choice for smaller spaces with ducts and vents that direct heat at lower levels.
- Rugs and mats – Simply laying down floor mats and rugs on your marble floor can be enough to keep cold out on different spots around your house. They give an extra layer of protection under your feet and they can also hold additional heat if you want to keep your feet and toes toasty on your favorite spots.