Many homeowners are considering the use of residential concrete flooring in their houses. One of the first questions is about its temperature. No one wants to return to their home after a long day of work and find it uncomfortable and uninviting just because of the concrete floor.
What you need to know about the temperature of residential concrete flooring.
Concrete actually absorbs heat.
Concrete is a substance that has the ability to absorb and store heat. The warmth is then released slowly. So, exposing your concrete floors to the sunshine during the day means they will take in that heat and release it gradually through the evening and nighttime hours. The next day, the flooring will be cooler, but then it is again exposed to the sun’s warming rays throughout the daylight hours, and the process resumes.
Cool for the summer.
Similarly, it is a good option for the summer. The cool evenings and nights are retained in the concrete and with the blinds closed during the day, the coolness is released.
This is a trend called “passive solar building design.” As you might imagine, it is a great advantage to control the cost of heating and cooling bills and is eco-friendly. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
What about winter?
Another objection that homeowners seem to have is that it looks like it is even if the floor is not cold during the winter. This is easily corrected by using polished concrete that can be applied in various colours. It can also incorporate the use of aggregates, or exposed stone or sand, to provide some visual texture. It can be finished with a gloss that makes it even more elegant. However, the homeowner must make these decisions early in the process because they cannot be added after pouring the floor.
Let’s get back to the thermal heating we addressed earlier. If you don’t want to leave your windows open to the sunlight, you can heat the floors using Hydronics. This process involves a special thermostat that causes hot water from a boiler to be distributed through pipes that are installed under the slab floor. The heat then moves through the concrete and into the room. Polished concrete is a great conductor of heat and is perfect for this option. Another advantage of this form of heating is that no dust particles are released from a furnace. Hydronic heating is turned on as the winter begins and switches off when summer comes.
Concrete flooring is a great way to keep your home comfortable all year round. In the winter, concrete floors absorb and store heat, keeping your home warm. In the summer, concrete floors stay cool, making your home more comfortable. If you are still interested in the value of concrete flooring for your home, it can easily be accomplished by leaving your home toasty in the winter and cool in the summer and looking lovely all year round. Ontario Self Leveling Concrete has many years of experience with residential concrete flooring, and our team will be glad to help. We also offer radiant floor heating services, so if you are unsure whether concrete will be warm enough for you, count on us to cozy things up. Contact us today!