Tile 101

The Best Tiles for Heated Floors

There are a lot of benefits to in-floor heat–it can increase your home comfort, your savings on your energy bill and even your home value. Virtually any floor tile is compatible with in-floor heat, but there are things to consider when choosing the tile to install with your in-floor heating system.

Porcelain and Ceramic

Porcelain and ceramic tile have excellent heat transfer properties and are generally thin, which will make your floor heat faster. Porcelain tile is less porous than ceramic, making it more water resistant. For areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, entryways and mudrooms, porcelain tile is a perfect choice.

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Natural Stone

Natural stone, like travertine and marble, is a great option for a heated tile floor. Natural stone tiles tend to be slightly thicker than porcelain and ceramic, so it might take them longer to heat up. The upside is, that they will retain the heat longer than man-made tiles.

Entryway with travertine beige and white checkered tile.
Featuring: Bucak Light Walnote: 12 in. and Mosaic, and Arctic White: 12 x 24 in. and 8 x 20 in. Design by Timber Trails Development Company. Photography by John and Maura Stoffer.
Black and white bathroom with black and white checkerboard marble floor.
Featuring: Hampton Carrara Polished and Black Marquina Polished. Design by Timber Trails Development Company. Photography by John and Maura Stoffer.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl tile works well with in-floor heat, and it’s easy to install, making this the perfect choice for a DIY project. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to wood or stone, luxury vinyl tile is a great option.

Living room with couch, coffee table and wood-look luxury vinyl tile.
Featuring: Madera Miel. Design & Photography by Pinch Plate Party.

Have a question about installing an in-floor heating system? We’ve put together some in-floor heat FAQs and a comprehensive guide to in-floor heating systems.

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