Why Is My Floor Cold?

Female feet putting on slippers, standing on tiled floor in bedroom.

Winter is just around the corner, which means temperatures are dropping, chilly winds are rising, and the time has come to turn up the thermostat. Unfortunately, some of us just won’t be able to stay warm this winter, no matter how high we turn up the heat or how many pairs of socks we layer on. The reason for this? Cold floors.

Cold floors ruin everything: cozy mornings, warm showers, movie nights, and toasty evenings in front of the fire. Even homes with superior, highly efficient heating systems have floors that remain icy cold during the winter, causing serious discomfort and putting a strain on your wallet by increasing your heating bills. Why do floors get cold in the first place, and what can be done to fix the problem?

Causes of Cold Floors

It’s no mystery that winter brings colder temperatures with it, but in a heated home, it can be confusing to constantly battle cold floors. After all, you pay for your home to be heated throughout fall and winter, so why are your feet always cold, no matter how high you crank the heat? Here are just a few common causes of cold floors:

Cold Air Sinks

Cold floors are typically caused because the floor systems are closest to the exterior and are the least air-sealed and insulated. The cold air comes in at these areas, and because hot air rises, the hot air escapes through the ceiling and attic areas that aren’t properly sealed and insulated. The process of hot air escaping out the top of the house and cold air entering the home through the floor system is called the stack effect. This is typically what causes cold floors and why it’s so important to seal and insulate floor areas, basements, crawlspaces and attics.

Basements

Homes with basements and crawl spaces tend to suffer from colder floors more often than those without. Basements create a wide-open space for cold air to flow, cooling your floors from below. Unfinished basements in particular tend to result in colder floors, since they retain less heat than fully finished, insulated, and heated basements.

Flooring Materials

Yet another factor that can impact the warmth of your floor is flooring material. Tile floors, for example, retain very little heat and can become extremely cold in the winter. High-quality vinyl and carpeting will help keep heat in and are better options for cold-weather areas.

Poor Insulation

Poor insulation is one of the most common reasons floors get extra cold in the winter since they were never designed to retain heat in the first place. If insulation has been installed and your floors are still leaving you with icy toes in the morning, it may be that the quality of the insulation material is poor.

How to Prevent Cold Floors

You don’t have to live with cold, uncomfortable floors that leave you dreading that first step out of bed in the morning. Thankfully, you have come to the right place to get information from the experts. At Superior Insealators, we specialize in creating a warmer and more energy-efficient home for our customers by using spray foam insulation.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Though pink fiberglass insulation is what comes to mind for most homeowners when they imagine insulating their homes, it isn’t always the best or most efficient way to keep your home warm.

At Superior Insealators, we use a special spray foam insulation that not only helps to retain heat but seals gaps and crevices in your home to tightly protect from even the smallest draft, creating a more comfortable home for you and your family.

In addition to a providing superior, consistently comfortable temperature from room to room, spray foam insulation also features moisture control, preventing your home from becoming damp, inhibiting the growth of mold, and naturally regulating humidity. Here are just some of the many benefits of using spray foam insulation:

  • Stable temperature
  • Moisture control
  • Noise reduction
  • Savings every month on your heating bills
  • Warmer floors which means a more comfortable home

Choosing the Right Spray Foam Experts

Spray foam can completely change how you experience fall and winter in your home, transforming your once freezing cold floors and turning your home into the cozy place you have always dreamed of. To ensure your spray foam performs as well as possible, it is important to find the right experts to install your spray foam insulation. When you choose Superior Insealators to perform your spray foam installation, you are guaranteed to receive the most reliable results and best overall value.

The Superior Insealators team has been providing quality insulation services to homeowners throughout Kentucky and Indiana since 1995. Decades of experience, superior customer service, and a passion for providing our customers with high-quality weather protection has made us one of the most trusted foam spray experts in the region. We can’t wait to help you have a warmer house this winter!

Learn more about the services we offer at Superior Insealators by visiting us online, and be sure to check out our blog for more information, tips, and tricks for keeping your home warm!

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