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Are Concrete Floors Cold?

Brown residential concrete floor
Elton John Design Studios

The reality:

Yes, concrete can be cold, but no more so than ceramic tile or natural stone flooring.

The pluses:

  • Concrete doesn't have to be cold. Its thermal properties give it the ability to store and radiate heat. By embedding radiant heating cables in concrete floors, for example, you can keep floors toasty warm in the winter and you can control the temperature level.
  • If the home is built to take advantage of solar radiation entering through windows, concrete floors will absorb the heat from the sun to keep rooms warmer in the winter.
  • In summer and in hot climates, a cooler floor can be an advantage and can actually help lower air conditioning costs.