Tiles in Winter—A Bad Combination?

If you live in a snowy, wet footprints and puddles will be a year-long nuisance for you.

With slushy snow boots and muddy shoes coming into your house every day, you can’t afford to ruin your carpet. You can’t simply roll back your rugs until spring if your city experiences winters for a major part of the year. You’ll need a permanent solution to this problem.

Moisture is bad for wood and stone flooring both. The option that remains is tiles.

Here’s a major misconception about tiles and cold.

Tiles Are Coldest In Winters

Most people believe that tiled floors are the coldest flooring during winters. Is that really the case?

Thermal conduction works in a slightly different way than popular belief. Heat flows from a hotter object to a relatively cooler object, down the temperature gradient. You feel cold when you hold a door knob and not when you touch curtains. This makes you think that the door knob was probably colder than the curtains. In fact they’re both the same temperature!

Metal and cloth have different conductivity. Since metal is a better conductor of heat than cloth, it absorbs the heat from your hand fast, leaving them cold.

But for clarity’s sake: both knobs and curtains are the same temperature even during winters!

It’s the same phenomenon with tiles. They’re better conductors than wood or carpet hence we think they’re colder.

The indoor heating systems in colder climates produce heat which is equally absorbed by the tiles, thus keeping them warm. Problem solved!

Here’s why tiles are still a good option for flooring in colder climates.

  • Water-Resistant

During winters, our boots and coats carry bits of snow into the house. Once that melts, it wets the carpet or forms puddles on the floor.

This is bad news for people having wooden floors because water warps wood. It is also not welcomed in houses with stone floors because it absorbs moisture.

With a tiled floor, puddles will no longer be your biggest concern. Any pools of water can easily be mopped clean.

There are some porcelain and ceramic tiles that are built to withstand extreme temperatures. They can be used indoors as well as outdoors.

  • Resistant To Chemicals

Your shoes don’t just bring mud and snow in the house. They also drag along salt and other chemicals from outside which can be dangerous for your flooring. A tiled floor can repel the impact of chemicals easily and resist etching.

It is only the grout which is susceptible to damage. Instead of fixing your entire damaged flooring, you can easily use a tile sealer or wax to protect your grout.

  • Clean Wintertime Grime

Not only are tiles resistant to water, but also repel grime from settling in. Because of their smooth surface, grime doesn’t accumulate in the crevices. Grease and oil spills can also be cleaned by an all-purpose cleaner. There is no way that wintertime grime can pollute your home with tiled floors.

Do you want to get tiles installed before winters to save yourself the extra cleaning?

The Tile Guys is an experienced team of professionals working in the industry with more than 20 years of experience. We know how to work with tiles to accentuate the beauty of your homes. We offer Mexican, Natural Stone, Granite and Glass Tiling services.

Based in San Diego, we’re taking orders for tiles installation and flooring renovation.

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