Best Floors for the Florida Climate
There are plenty of options when it comes to flooring that works well in humid climates.
When it comes to flooring, climate is often something that homeowners fail to consider. A humid temperature climate is going to need special flooring in order to preserve the integrity of the flooring and the overall looks as well. There are plenty of options when it comes to flooring that works well in humid climates that can help you make the right decision.
Humidity can vary widely from region to region and often, the overall relative humidity of an area can affect how a floor works in a space and how well it holds up. A great example of this is wood floor. Wood flooring holds moisture and therefore will swell and shrink according to the moisture levels in the air. This means that when it is very humid, more moisture is going to be in the air and may be absorbed by the flooring. Flooring that routinely swells and shrinks can often warp and bow causing permanent damage.
Flooring that is relatively resistant to humidity is vinyl, tile, stone, concrete, and linoleum. The reason these flooring types are so resistant to humidity is that they have a very rigid structure and many of them are not likely to absorb moisture and become damaged. The main issue with things like vinyl and laminate is the potential for moisture to be absorbed by the adhesive. This may cause bubbling in some areas where moisture is very high and could cause the vinyl or linoleum to pull away from the base. If it is installed with tack nails or without adhesive however there should be no issue.
Stone, tile, and concrete are perfect for humid areas because they are highly porous and they do not shift shape and do not swell or change with the temperature change or with increased moisture. Tile and stone are naturally porous which means they will absorb and release moisture relatively easily and will not warp or damage. The real issue with humidity is the consistency of the flooring and how it absorbs liquid as well as how it is installed. A good installer can include a moisture barrier which can help to prevent moisture absorption and can help to prevent your flooring from being overly damaged. If these options are not for you, you may also want to consider bamboo as it is somewhat resistant to moisture changes and may be a good option.