A Splash Of Spain: How To Integrate Spanish Tiles Into Your Canadian Home Without Losing Your Heat

Spanish tiles are a type of ceramic tile with origins in Spain. They are mostly used in the bathroom and kitchen areas, but they can be adapted for interior and exterior use in any area of your home. However, ceramic tiles are designed to keep a naturally hot environment cool. It is important to think critically about this flooring choice before you have it installed in an area that has cold winters. 

Benefits of Spanish Tiles 

Spanish tiles are known for being high quality ceramic tiles. When installed properly, they create a solid, nonporous surface that can be sealed with a glaze. This surface has many benefits, such as being: 

  • durable. Tile floors can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly.   
  • easily repaired. If a tile does break, you can easily replace just that tile instead of pulling up your entire floor. 
  • easy to clean. Spills can be wiped up immediately without fear of staining. 
  • allergy-friendly. The hard surface means dust and pollen are easily swept away from the surface during routine cleaning.
  • stylish. Modern Spanish tiles come in a variety of styles that allow you to customize your home and express yourself.

While there are many benefits, there is one major drawback for tiles in colder locales. Ceramic tiles tend to hold cold, which can make them unpleasant during the winter. However, you can still get their look and benefits without compromising your comfort. 

Underfloor Heating 

Underfloor, or radiant,  heating is accomplished by installing either an electrical coil or pipe containing water beneath the surface of your floor. During cold weather, you can turn on the heating system to heat the floor. The heating slowly radiates from the floor and heats the entire room, meaning it can replace traditional heating systems. 

Tiles work very well with underfloor heating because they have very little insulation. Heat can quickly and efficiently pass through them, making your room heat up faster than it would if you installed underfloor heating beneath a wood floor or carpeted floor. Underfloor heating can make it possible for you to enjoy the sensation of smooth Spanish tiles on your bare feet even during the cold winter months. 

Passive Heating 

Ceramic tiles are a good choice if you are using passive solar heating in your home because they provide thermal mass. Thermal mass is created in a home by adding items that have little or no insulation value, such as concrete and tiles. These items tend to absorb and release heat more slowly than surface areas with carpet or wood. This means that, if you can use solar energy to heat your tiles during the day, they should retain much of their warmth throughout the evening. 

Strategic Use of Rugs 

If you love the way tiles look but do not want to change your heating system, you may want to use rugs in a few places around your home. For example, if your bedroom is tiled, you should have an area rug next to your bed. You can step onto a warm rug in the morning and put on house slippers before stepping onto tiles. Rugs can also be useful in areas where you stand for a long period of time, such as in front of the stove and sink in the kitchen. 

Tiles as an Accent

If you want the Spanish look but are concerned about having a warm floor, you may choose to install smaller sections of Spanish tiles as accents on your walls. The lower half of staircases and the backsplash area of your kitchen are excellent areas to add color in small amounts. Since you will be buying fewer tiles, these are great projects when you want to freshen your home's look without breaking the bank. 

Spanish tiles have many benefits. However, if you want to use them in a colder country, you will need to know how to make them work to increase your home's heating capabilities. In Canada, any of the above options will allow your to experience a splash of Spain without losing your heat. For more information about this and other options, contact a local flooring company.