How Climate Can Affect Your Flooring

November 11, 2022

Have you ever considered choosing your flooring based off the climate in which you live? This may not have been something you have ever considered, but there are some flooring options that tend to last longer, and work much better, in specific climates versus others. Because of this, it’s smart to consider these things when choosing new flooring for your home. Here are some common flooring options with a few pros and cons of each when climate performance is considered!


Tile is an excellent option for most climates! Not only is it durable and easy to clean, but it is also is known to last a long time. Because it is cool to the touch, and water-resistant, this type of flooring is perfect for climates that are warmer and more humid. While tile does great in cooler temperatures as well, depending on your preference, if you live somewhere cooler, you may want to choose a flooring option that is a little warmer to walk around on.


Vinyl, a type of flooring made to mimic the looks of wood or stone, is a great option for cooler temperatures. This also makes it ideal for humid temperatures because vinyl doesn’t expand or contract like other natural materials. This flooring is very easy to clean and is durable as well, like tile.  Unlike tile though, vinyl is slightly warmer to the touch.


Carpet is a great choice for pretty much every type of climate. The warm fibers help insulate your home, feeling like a blanket to your feet.  However, if you live in a humid environment, the fibers can hold that moisture, causing mold or mildew to form.  This doesn’t completely rule out carpet, it will just require more frequent care as compared to less absorbent materials. 


Hardwood is considered the Goldilocks of flooring when it comes to climate.  Too hot and dry and they crack easily.  Too humid, they can swell up and buckle.  Good news though! Most of these issues can be fixed with a high-quality sealant.  Be sure to talk to our specialists about the different types of sealants, as there are many different types of wood species that can be used to accommodate your climate. 


If you love the look of hardwood, but want a low cost or maintenance option, laminate may be the best choice.  This type of flooring has come a long way making it almost indistinguishable to hardwood. Like vinyl, laminate has insulation allowing the floors to warm up much quicker in cooler climates.  Be sure to take caution if water happens to get under the planks though. Laminate flooring can warp or expand when water gets stuck underneath, which will result in replacement.

If you’re still unsure about the correct flooring options for your climate we would love to help.

If you’re ready to consider new flooring options, please give us a call at 409-932-2843 or contact us through our website for other flooring and tile inquiries. We also have financing available if needed.

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