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How your climate can impact your flooring

Mar 13

How your climate can impact your flooring

There are so many flooring options and climates to choose from, but it is clear that some flooring materials perform better in certain climates than others. How can you find the best one for your home, and what climate is it in? We'll help you to choose from a variety of options, and then let you know the pros as well as cons for each.


It does not matter whether you are looking for tile made of ceramic, stone, or porcelain, it can be used as a flooring option in all climates. It is durable, long-lasting, and can be cleaned easily to make it shiny again. It's cool to touch and water-resistant which makes it great in warmer or humid climates. For colder climates, it might be more comfortable to have something underfoot that is a bit warmer. An additional note on tile: If you live near an area susceptible to earthquakes, tiles may crack from the pressure of that movement and will need to be replaced.

Luxury Vinyl

Available in sheets, tiles, and planks luxury vinyl can be used to replicate the appearance of wood and stone. It's strong, cleanable, and feels slightly warmer than tile. Luxury vinyl's long-lasting durability is an advantage if radiant heat is desired under your floors.


Carpet is suitable for most climates. As the warm fibers of carpet help to insulate homes in cold climates, you can see the advantages. It's like a blanket covering your feet. If the environment is humid, then those fibers may retain moisture quickly and lead to mildew and mold problems. Carpets will need more frequent maintenance in wetter climates than carpets.


Hardwood floors may not be suitable for those who live in extremely cold climates. They could crack if they get too dry. They may crack if they get too wet. But, if it gets too humid, they might swell up and buckle. Hardwood flooring is suitable for all climates. High-quality sealants are available to help with most of these issues. If you are considering hardwood for your home, it is a good idea to consult a flooring professional. Certain species and finishes might be more suited to your climate than others.


Laminate floors have come a long way and are now nearly indistinguishable from real hardwood. Laminate flooring is a great option if you want a hardwood look but are looking for something cheaper and easier to maintain. Laminate floors can be heated up to a bit quicker than vinyl floors due to their insulation. You can add insulation at any time. It is important to be careful if the climate is wet. Planks that are near the laminate wall can become the warp and expand. Once this happens, they need to go back.

There's no better place to get advice than your local flooring professional if your questions aren't answered. San Diego Flooring has local ownership and management, so you know that they are experts in the selection of flooring materials for your home.


San Diego Flooring

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