Selecting a material for your new flooring has as much to do with how it looks, as it has to do with the climate in which you live. For instance, in a region with a lot of dramatic temperature changes, for instance, you need flooring that won’t warp or break with constant expanding and contracting. The experts at Floor Coverings International Winter Garden share some ideas to get you started:
For Hot Summers
Tile is perhaps the very best option for anyone who lives in a warmer city like Orlando, or a region that sees dramatic summers. Tile won’t expand and contract like softer materials, and the cool, polished surface feels nice against your bare feet in the dead of July. Red Spanish tile and mosaics look especially nice in a Southwestern themed home.
For Radiant Heating Systems
Engineered hardwood is one of the best options out there for generating heat from your radiant heating system. That said, engineered wood has a recommended range for humidity and temperature, so it’s more delicate than some other materials. Tile and click-lock vinyl are also great options for radiant heating and are far less delicate.
For Colder Climates
Luxury vinyl is one of the best choices for any climate that experiences harsh winters. It doesn’t contract as badly as some materials do, and it warms up rather quickly in comparison to tile or hardwood. Laminate is also a great choice, and of course, there’s really nothing like cozying up on a thick carpet in front of a roaring fireplace.
On Hardwoods and Humidity…
Some people assume that, if you live in a state like Florida or Louisiana, then hardwoods are out. The truth is that you can go ahead and install those beautiful oak planks no matter where you live, but they may require a little extra attention than luxury vinyl or tile. The recommended humidity levels vary from flooring to flooring, but in any event you’ll want to track the humidity in the room with a humidistat, and switch on the dehumidifier whenever you start to hit the danger-zone. Doing this, there’s no reason your beautiful hardwood floors can’t last for a long time in even the most humid regions.
If you’re ready to get to work on your new flooring project, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Winter Garden a call to schedule your free in-home consultation today! Our trained design associates will work with you to select the best flooring for your home and let you know how to keep it looking good, even during the hottest summers! We proudly serve the greater Orlando, Winter Garden, Windermere FL areas.
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