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How your Climate Can Impact Your Flooring

Mar 13

How your Climate Can Impact Your Flooring

You have so many choices for flooring. And there are also different climates. How do you determine which flooring material is best for your home? We'll go through several options and explain the pros and cons of each.

Tile

Tile can be made from ceramic, porcelain, or stone and is great for any climate. It's extremely durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean up to make it look new again. Tile is extremely durable and can withstand water, so it's great for areas that are hot or humid. However, in colder climates, you might prefer something slightly warmer underfoot. One other thing that could impact your decision is the risk of tile cracking under excessive pressure from earthquakes.

Luxury Vinyl

You can get luxury vinyl in sheets, planks, or tile. This vinyl has the appearance of stone or wood. It is stronger than tile and easier to clean. But it also feels warmer than tile. The durability of luxury vinyl makes it an excellent choice for radiant heat.

Carpet

Carpet is great for all climates. You will see the benefits of carpeting in colder areas. The warm fibers can help insulate your place. It's like having a blanket on your feet. These fibers can quickly retain moisture, which can cause mold and mildew problems in humid climates. Carpets are more likely to need frequent care than less absorbent materials in wetter environments.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are not recommended for extreme climates. They may crack if they're too dry. They can also swell and buckle if they're too humid. Hardwood floors can withstand all kinds of climates. High-quality sealants can help to alleviate most of these issues. Consider consulting a flooring professional to help you choose hardwood for your home. Some species and some finishes may not be as adaptable to the environment in your area.

Laminate

Laminate floors can now be almost as good as hardwood. Laminate floor designs are great if you like the look of hardwood, but prefer something that is more affordable and requires less maintenance. They are more comfortable for your feet than vinyl floors and have insulation. It is possible to add more insulation during installation. You should be cautious if your home is in a humid climate. If water seeps through the laminate to the wall, planks can warp and expand. If that happens, they will need replacing.

The best place to go if you have questions about the right kind of flooring material for your climate is your local flooring specialist. San Diego Flooring's local owners and operators ensure that we know the best flooring options for your home.

 

San Diego Flooring

5447 Imperial Avenue San Diego CA 92114

(619) 658 2810