Natural stone no longer has the misconception of being a cold material. Long gone are the images of big drafty stone castles, having been replaced by cosy living areas and country kitchens.
But, not many people know that stone is a perfect partner to underfloor heating, adding an extra dimension to the inviting feel of a traditional natural stone floor.
Underfloor heating has become one of the most desired ways to heat your home. Not only does it act as a space saver, as the need for somewhat ugly radiators does not apply, but you can make energy savings of anything between 15-50%.
Natural stone is the perfect accompaniment to underfloor heating, as it is a natural conductor of heat, which allows the warmth to transfer quickly to the room giving a great treat for your feet!
Additionally, it can be used in any room in the house. Originally, it became a popular option in smaller areas, such as bathrooms and hallways, but now whole houses are having underfloor heating installed.
Yes, there are two types:
Hot water (wet) underfloor heating.
A wet heating system will use warm water from a central heating system to heat the natural stone. Plastic pipes are laid under the stone and the water is pumped around. As this type of underfloor heating uses water at a lower temperature than traditional radiators, it can help to reduce water-heating costs.
Electric mat, or wire system
The electric system will either come in the form of cables laid under the natural stone, or in the form of a mat that has the heating elements embedded into it.
Generally the electric system will be cheaper to install, and is the easiest to use with an existing natural stone floor. It can be a little bit more expensive to run than the wet system, although you will still see a reduction in cost compared to traditional heating options.
Make sure you think about the type of natural stone that you will be using, as the thicker it is, the longer it will take to feel the benefits. Experts at the Stone Gallery can help you make the right decision.
You will also need to ensure that your thermostat has floor sensors installed, so that the maximum temperature of the floor does not exceed 35 degrees.
The Stone Gallery is a supplier of Devimat underfloor heating, one of the leading brands on the market. It is also a product that has the very highest level of safety standards, as it complies with the new advanced BEAB Approved standard. So, if you are thinking about using underfloor heating with natural stone, speak to Stone Gallery's experts.
As part of the Art of Living Group, Stone Gallery is one of three complementing companies that will give you lots of inspiration to transform your home. Park Street Interiors has a range of beautiful bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms, whereas the Ceramic Tiles Warehouse has over one million tiles in stock at any one time, giving you plenty of choice.