Here in Orlando, where our homes can begin to feel like a sauna from the rising temperatures and high humidity, you might think that hardwood isn’t the best flooring option. However, you don’t have to give up on this dream just yet. There are plenty of wood species that can withstand humid climates with the proper care. Read on to find out which hardwoods make the cut for your next flooring project.
Domestic hardwood species aren’t always the most resilient against moisture, but American beech has a high ranking for structural stability, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. American beech is known for its beautiful light hues and subtle, straight grains that occasionally interlock. As a bonus, current interior trends are embracing blond, minimalist woods and beech would be a perfect option.
Hickory is another dense hardwood that is resistant to the pressures of humidity. Since it is a domestic species, it is more affordable than exotic woods that have a hefty shipment cost tacked onto the price tag. There are different species of hickory to choose from, but each has a Janka hardness rating in between 1800 and 2200, making it an incredibly dense wood that will stand up to scratches and impacts, too.
Also known as Western Australian Mahogany, this species of wood is ideal for both interior and exterior spaces. Jarrah wood planks usually appear in a rich brown and have wavy, interlocked grains. Jarrah’s toughness makes it difficult to nail and we recommend hiring a professional team to get the job done. Once installed, it can last for a long time— even in humid climates.
If you live in a particularly humid area, engineered hardwood floors are a great option for you. Engineered hardwood planks are manufactured under extreme heat and pressure to bond a plywood or fiberboard core to a thin layer of solid hardwood. This process makes the planks extremely durable and watertight, perfect for below-grade rooms or areas exposed to higher humidity levels. With engineered planks, you can get the look of any hardwood species without the risk of warping.
To protect any hardwood from the effects of humidity and excessive moisture, be sure to coat the planks in a protective sealant that will fill any pores and prevent wood rot. Your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Winter Garden understand the limitations of our climate and can help you find the perfect flooring style for your home. Give us a call to schedule a free design consultation in your Orlando home today!