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The Top Flooring Materials for Hot and Cold Climates

With the wide variety of flooring options available today, it can be hard to decide which type to use in your home. One element that distinguishes flooring materials from each other is the level of insulation they provide, which affects the temperature of the material on warm and cool days. Depending on what kind of climate you live in, you may find that certain types of flooring are better suited to your weather and temperature patterns.

Best Flooring Materials for Hot Climates

Homes located in warm locations, such as in southern Utah and the southern United States, may benefit from having flooring materials that stay cool even in warm temperatures. Examples of these materials include:

  1. Hardwood. Hardwood is a beautiful and classic flooring choice that adds both style and value to your home. Hardwood flooring is best suited to dry climates. But some varieties work well in humid environments, such as beech, hickory, and mahogany.
  2. Tile. Tile flooring is one of the best options for warm climates because they stay cold for so long. Even on the hottest days, your tile floors will likely still be cool underfoot.
  3. Luxury Vinyl. Made up of multiple layers of material, luxury vinyl plank flooring is ideal for humid climates due to its heat- and humidity-resistant properties. Today’s advanced technology means luxury vinyl can be manufactured to look almost exactly like real hardwood while remaining water-resistant for use in areas prone to moisture such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.

Best Flooring Materials for Cold Climates

Colder locations such as northern Utah and the northern United States need flooring materials that provide more insulation during chilly winter days. Examples of these materials include:

  1. Carpet. Carpet is the most popular flooring option for cold climates. This flooring material provides warm insulation underfoot in addition to being comparatively inexpensive and available in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures.
  2. Tile. Tile makes the list of best flooring types in warm climates due to its heat conducting properties which keep it cool. However, it can also be a great option for artificially-heated floors in cold locations. Tile is easier to clean than carpet and also won’t be damaged by snow or other moisture tracked inside.
  3. Vinyl. Vinyl planks provide insulation almost as well as carpet or a rug and provide the added benefits of being water-resistant and easy to clean.
  4. Cork. Cork flooring is a unique and inexpensive option that is less commonly seen in residential homes. It is a sustainable and eco-friendly option that is insulating, moisture-resistant, and anti-static.

Southern Utah Flooring Solutions

No matter what type of flooring you’re looking for, you can find it at GS Flooring. As a locally owned and operated business, GS Flooring is southern Utah’s industry leader in providing sales and installation of carpet, hardwood, vinyl, tile, and other flooring materials for commercial and residential customers. We have more than 30 years of experience serving satisfied customers and providing expert installation, affordable prices, and unbeatable customer service. Contact us today to learn more.