There are plenty of ways to incorporate stone into your home. Laying floor tiles is a very popular option for homeowners because of the easy cleaning and durability they promise. Did you know that installing stone tiles can also help keep your home cool? Thanks to science and the composition of stone, the hot weather outside is no match to your tiled floor.
At some point in your life, you must have touched a marble statue, leaned on a granite countertop, or stepped barefoot on a stone tile and been shocked by how cold they were. This is due to how the stone handles the heat. Unlike carpeting, stone tiles will not absorb heat from the air. This is great news if you want to keep the temperature of a room down. While tiles will heat up if they sit in direct sunlight, indirect heat will not be absorbed, keeping the floor (or any stone surface) cool to the touch.
It is important to keep in mind that having stone flooring will not drastically lower room temperature. If it is hot everywhere, you can’t expect the tiles to remain chilly. You can expect lower temperatures of a few degrees. While this may not sound like much, it does mean you can save money on your air conditioning/electric bill during the warmer months. If you are only cooling your house to 70 degrees rather than 68 degrees, your AC will not have to run as hard or as long. The room will stay cooler and the floor will be at an even lower temperature.
Just because you can put down tile flooring doesn’t mean you should. Make sure you avoid using tile in your bedroom. During the winter, you want a cozy and warm bedroom and tiles can interfere with that. It is recommended to tile only high-traffic rooms like the kitchen and bathroom. These rooms are also well-suited for tiles because of the presence of water and potential water spills. Some people choose to tile their living rooms and use an area rug in the center. You can also get creative and tile only a portion of the floor such as just under the sink, just in front of the bathtub, etc.
If you are interested in incorporating stone into your home, contact Planet Stone today! It can get very hot in California, so the stone could be a great investment for your home. We are a team of experts who specialize in both prefab and custom stone projects. Call (818) 860-7142 for a free quote.