Natural stone adds a natural style and sophisticated aesthetic to any home. However, as we approach the colder months, we here at UK Slate know that it can feel impossible to keep warm. Stone has a natural habit of being a bit chilly in winter, due to its high thermal conductivity, however, this is something that can be used to your advantage with some smart thinking.
So, what is the best way to warm up the slate throughout your home to enjoy it year-round?
Under floor heating is one of the most cost effective heating solutions on the market today. Depending on the size of your home and your energy use, which fluctuates throughout the year, you could save as much as 50% of your heating bill. A staggering saving even when compared to the initial costs to install.
Stone naturally transfers heat effectively and efficiently. This means that your floors will stay warm throughout winter, gently heating the rest of your home. Heat rises, so having the source of your heat on the ground floor will increase its effectiveness.
The warmth from the fire will transfer to the slate flooring. It will not concentrate in one area as you may fear, as the heat will spread through the conducting nature of natural stone. This means you will have a toasty floor whenever you light the fire, lasting for hours – which is bound to happen almost daily during the winter months.
The most obvious free source of heat energy (although debatable at times in the UK!) is, of course, the sun. Internal slate window sills can be a great way to draw this warmth into a room on sunny days. As with slate flooring, these will hold their heat for hours after the sun has set, providing a warm bench to sit on and warm up on cold, frosty days.
Ultimately, using slate and other natural stones does not mean you will have cold toes this winter. Simply plan ahead and you can enjoy your natural flooring all year round!
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