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Best Flooring Options for Florida's Subtropical Climate
With its heat and high humidity, Florida's subtropical climate brings unique challenges if you are considering changing your floors or installing new flooring. However, this doesn't mean you must settle for boring flooring options. There are many beautiful flooring options that can withstand the harsh elements of Florida's subtropical climate. Here are the best of them:
Love the look of hardwood flooring? Unfortunately, it doesn't do well in Florida's humid climate. A great option that doesn't buckle or crack is engineered hardwood.
Engineered hardwood closely resembles solid hardwoods and offers you the chance to enjoy beautiful, elegant, and refined flooring while adding value to your home. It is made from compressed and glued layers of recycled wood.
The construction of these boards makes them stronger and more resistant to moisture than traditional solid hardwoods. The top layer of the board is made from durable wood species such as oak, maple, or hickory, which can withstand wear and tear and even be sanded.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are artificial clay tiles created by firing clay at a high temperature to remove water content and shape the tile. They are widely used throughout homes in Florida thanks to their exceptional ability to repel water, which makes them very durable.
Tile is available in a vast selection of new and classic styles and finishes, making it suitable for bedrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and upper levels, terraces, and throughout the home.
If you prefer the look of natural wood without its downsides, you can't go wrong with laminate flooring. It is made of durable synthetic material, making it an excellent option for homes in the high-humidity climate of Florida. Although durable, laminate can absorb moisture, so it’s best to go for high-pressure laminate, which is designed to reduce moisture absorption.
Also, you want to ensure it is properly installed to eliminate any gaps which could allow moisture to penetrate. Laminate is easy to clean and affordable, making it a budget-friendly choice. And nowadays, laminate flooring is available in stylish and elegant styles and designs to suit any home decor.
Traditional hardwood flooring can warp when exposed to moisture, making it unsuitable in Florida's climate. However, you can opt for luxury vinyl if you desire the appearance of natural hardwood or stone without the risk of water damage.
Unlike early vinyl versions, today's luxury vinyl is aesthetically pleasing and highly resistant to moisture. It is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain, making it ideal for installation in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, or basement.
Looking for assistance in selecting the best flooring solution for your Florida property, be it a new build, renovation, apartment, condo, inland, or beachfront home? Reach out to us today. With decades of experience supplying and installing flooring in the state, our knowledgeable team will guide you in selecting the perfect product to match your needs.