Fall is in full swing here in Ohio and Kentucky! Which, means the beautiful red, yellow, and orange shades of autumn will soon fade away as the cold, gray months of winter approach. Fortunately, at McSwain Carpets & Floors, we have plenty of flooring options to keep your feet warm and cozy no matter what mother nature has in mind. After all, every Mid-Westerner knows there is nothing worse than the feeling of your bare feet on cold floors first thing in the morning. 

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss which flooring options provide natural insulation. Let’s get started: 

Carpet

There’s a reason carpet has been a popular choice among homeowners for decades – it’s an excellent insulator. Whether it is in a bedroom, living room, or family room, carpet helps prevent heat loss and minimizes cold air getting in. In addition to adding warmth, carpet is quieter underfoot and comes in a variety of styles. 

Carpet made with long, thick fibers, like wool or wool blend, will provide the best insulation benefits. However, carpet is only as good as the padding below it. In most cases, padding with a medium thickness and medium-to-high density is the best choice.

Luxury Vinyl 

Over the years, luxury vinyl has become a popular flooring option because of its durability, resistance to stains and scratches, and comfort underfoot. Due to the way luxury vinyl is created, it is naturally slightly warmer underfoot compared to traditional vinyl. However, if additional warmth is desired underlayment can be added beneath the luxury vinyl. Of course, this will add to the overall cost of the project, but one of our staff members can walk you through the details to help you determine if it’s the right solution for your home. 

Ceramic Tile 

Tile is one of the coldest flooring materials available, however, it is also fantastic at transmitting heat – it’s the best of both worlds. During the colder months, a below-surface heating system can be switched on to provide a delightful warmth underfoot. This natural flooring option is also durable, water, fire, and scratch-resistant, and versatile. 

Area Rugs 

Adding an area rug over your existing flooring is a timeless solution for combating the cold. Whether you decided to add one beneath your bed or near the bathroom sink, area rugs are a great way to add an extra design element. In fact, you may have noticed your favorite TV interior designers using them to create smaller spaces within a larger room (ex: conversation corners, reading nooks, etc.) At McSwain Carpets & Floors, we have the ability to create custom area rugs to meet your needs and vision. Contact a showroom near you to learn more about this unique service. 

To get a head start on winter this year, stop by one of our nine area showrooms to discuss your next flooring project. Our team of flooring experts will help you find the perfect flooring solution to keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy all winter long.