Folk wisdom tells us “keep your head warm and your feet warm and the rest takes care of itself”. While that is probably an exaggeration, most of us agree that a warm floor makes a big difference when we’re trying to keep comfortable in winter.
Warmer floors are also disproportionately comforting to our pockets. Floor insulation can be one of the cheapest ways to improve the energy efficiency of our homes. Officially, it’s estimated that 10-15% of the energy lost from a house escapes through the ground floor, but it can feel much more. Costs are usually recouped in just two years. Compare that to about 4 years for cavity insulation and 8 years for double glazing.
Most types of modern engineered flooring have good thermal ratings. They are often fitted over pre-existing solid floors or ill-fitting floor boards, so they can hardly make your …