Floors that aren’t equipped to handle changes in humidity and high humidity conditions can warp, mold, and even break. While there are ways of protecting your existing floors from damage, you should think carefully if installing a new floor. In this post we look at some important considerations for your flooring choice and suggest some best flooring choices for high humidity.
Humidity is water that evaporates into the air when the temperature climbs. That’s why Florida summers are hot AND sticky. That humidity can cause damages to floors. Solid wood floors can expand and contract which can leave gaps or buckling in the floorboards. It can also cause damage to subfloors that don’t have the proper underlayment.
Best Flooring Choices for High Humidity
Vinyl flooring is, composed of pliable PVC, is one of the best choices for humidity. This resilient flooring choice doesn’t expand or contract in response to humidity and it’s water-resistant.
This choice is water-resistant and durable. It even traps heat, helping to keep rooms cooler. If choosing porcelain, make sure to seal the grout, which is porous and susceptible to water damage if not sealed.
If you choose wood, go for an engineered wood floor. The layered construction of this flooring choice makes it less susceptible to expansion and contraction in response to humidity.
If choosing laminate flooring, make it a High-Pressure Laminate (HPL). HPL floors are made with a special glue to reduce moisture absorption.
Before you make any flooring choice, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional to make sure you’ve considered everything. At the Floor Store in Thornebrook Village, we pride ourselves on customer service. Visit our showroom today or call for a free consultation.