How can you insulate your floor to keep it warm?

Most people are aware of the importance of installing loft or cavity insulation to help keep heat inside the home; however, many of us forget about all the heat lost due to poorly-insulated flooring. This is generally more of a problem in older properties, but most homes can benefit from extra insulation. Not only will neglecting to insulate your flooring result in higher energy bills but also it can make it hard to stay warm during cold spells.


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The Energy Saving Trust reveals that insulating your home’s floors could save you between £45 and £55 on heating bills each year, not to mention creating more comfortable living conditions for you and your family during the colder months.

The best types of flooring to keep your home warm

Carpet is most people’s first thought when they want warm, comfortable flooring, and this is a great choice for colder homes. Between the carpet and the underlay, draughts are prevented and you will have a nice, soft surface to walk on.

Carpets are not always to everyone’s taste, however, with many homeowners preferring the look of wood or tiles. Tiles, while preventing draughts efficiently, can be extremely cold to walk on and are not particularly pleasant during the winter. Vinyl flooring is a great compromise, as it is warmer than tiles, easier and cheaper to install than wood, and will efficiently prevent any draughts.

Retailers such as carry a huge variety of vinyl and other types of flooring, and have experienced staff to advise you on the best option for your needs.

Insulating floorboards

While plain floorboards are very much in fashion, they can be very draughty and can make it hard to heat your home in winter. There are a range of ways in which you can minimise draughts and help keep warm air inside your home, including sealing products that can be inserted between gaps in floorboards. You can hire a professional or do this yourself by buying kits online or from DIY stores. There are tape-like products that can be wedged down into the gaps, which then expand to fill the available space. You will also need to check that the skirting boards do not have sizeable gaps underneath, as this is another way in which warm air can escape.