Getting the most out of your floors can depend on the climate and environment where it’s installed. Certain floors do better based on a variety of factors that impact your space. By making an informed purchase, you can get more value and longer lasting floor coverings. Different climates and environments pose unique challenges and considerations for flooring, such as temperature changes, humidity levels, moisture exposure, and overall traffic.
Here are some recommendations for flooring types suitable for various climates and environments.
Colder climates often involve low temperatures and potential moisture from snow or rain. Flooring choices that offer additional insulation and can withstand temperature fluctuations are ideal. Types of flooring that do well in colder climates include.
Ceramic: Ceramic tiles add extra warmth for in-floor heating in your rooms.
Vinyl: Vinyl is known for its resilience and ability to handle moisture.
Slip-resistant mats: For entryways to your buildings, slip-resistant mats can help visitors and staff get rid of any snow, rain, or moisture on their shoes and can help prevent any slips or falls.
Coastal or High-Moisture/Humid Environments:
Areas near the coast or those prone to high moisture levels require flooring materials that can resist water damage and withstand salt exposure. Suitable options include.
Porcelain or ceramic tiles: Highly resistant to moisture and known for long-lasting quality.
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVT & LVP): Water-resistant and durable, LVT is capable of handling moisture without warping. (Proper subfloor preparation is required.)
Dry and Hot Climate
In extremely dry climates, it’s important to consider flooring materials that won’t be affected by low humidity levels. Some suitable options include:
Ceramic or porcelain tiles: These tiles are resistant to temperature fluctuations and won’t be affected by long-term dry conditions.
Sheet Vinyl: Sheet vinyl is known for being easy to install and for its water/stain resistance.
High Traffic Areas
For high-traffic areas, durability as well as resistance to wear and tear are crucial. Some recommended flooring types include:
Luxury vinyl flooring: Known for its durability and scratch resistance, luxury vinyl flooring can handle heavy foot traffic over large area.
Broadloom Carpet and Carpet Tile: Carpet is a durable solution for heavy use when noise is a concern. Countless color and pattern options are available.
Rubber Flooring: Rubber floors can withstand heavy amounts of foot traffic in large areas by absorbing impact. Often used in gyms and fitness rooms, rubber can also tolerate moisture and stains.
Entrance Mats: Entrance mats can be a vital part of long-term care of your floor coverings by mitigating outside dirt and moisture before people walk into your building.
Remember, regardless of the climate or environment, proper installation, maintenance, and care are essential to ensure the longevity and performance of any flooring material.
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