As more consumers are exploring heated flooring systems, they're discovering yet another benefit of tile - it's a great heat conductor! Radiant floor heating systems can reduce heating costs and increase efficiency especially when used with ceramic tiles. Tile's inherent properties allow it to maintain and distribute heat.
Heated flooring systems work like a giant radiator heating a room from the bottom up. The systems depend largely on heat transfer from the heated surface to the people and objects in the room. There are three types of radiant floor heat: air, electric and water. Most systems use low-temperature water that flows through flexible tubing embedded in concrete slabs, lightweight overpours or in joist cavities.
While many materials can be used over a radiant heating system, ceramic tile offers better heating efficiency than the others. Tile conducts heat well and because of its high heat capacity provides thermal storage. Vinyl, linoleum, carpeting and wood insulates the floor from the room and decreases the efficiency of the system.
Tile of Spain branded manufacturers offer a wide range of floor tile options - there's something for every style!
Ceramica Saloni's Picnic Series offers a practical and beautifully designed mix of modern and natural sensibilities for a contemporary look. For the modern minimalist, Porcelanosa offers the Ferroker Series which is inspired by weathering steel. The large format tiles - 17.5-by-18.25" - are patterned after industrial metal plates.
Since heated flooring is especially desired in a bath, many Tile of Spain branded manufacturers offer slip-resistant glazes. The Galia Collection from Stylnul offers slip-resistance for areas where that is a concern. For a spa like feel, choose a marble inspired tile such as the Museum Series from Peronda. This series is suitable for bathrooms and offers decorative and border pieces. You'll achieve the look with all of the benefits of ceramic in the bath.
Tile of Spain branded manufacturers offer a wide array of ceramic tiles in a variety of colors, patterns, formats and textures suitable for use with radiant floor heating systems. For more about ceramic tile from Spain, contact the Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 LeJeune Rd., Suite 1114, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visitwww.spaintiles.info.