When frost forms on your windows and temperatures drop outside, especially in colder regions like the beautiful ski locations in Utah, you want the atmosphere in your home to be warm and toasty.
A properly working furnace, adequate insulation in the walls, and draft-free windows are basic essentials needed for living in these conditions.
There is one more item in your home that tends to be overlooked that can help warm up your rooms and fight off the wintertime chill. This is the type of material on your floors.
Your flooring can not only create an atmosphere of warmth, but also add a layer of insulation to chilly floors and drafty areas in your home.
Here are your top three flooring choices for cold climates.
Carpeting probably comes to mind as the first choice when thinking about what flooring would work best to add warmth to your home. Thick, rich-colored carpets, whether wall-to-wall or scatter rugs, can be aesthetically pleasing when the snow is falling outside.
The cushiony quality of a carpet is perfect for cold toes wrapped in wool socks, too. Carpeted floors, especially with a layer of padding underneath, add a feeling of warmth and create a physical insulation against cold creeping into main floor rooms from basements or crawl spaces underneath. Rugs can also be placed to block drafts from under interior doors.
Some types of flooring, such as hardwood, can expand and contract as temperatures fluctuate. Although carpeting can be affected by temperature variances, it’s not to the degree of some other types of flooring.
High humidity levels can cause carpeting to becoming moldy if moisture gets into the fibers or underneath. Keeping snowy boots and wet clothing off any carpeting and wiping up moisture and spills immediately can help prevent mold and mildew from growing.
Cork flooring is a durable choice for colder climates. The physical properties of cork make it a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, helping to keep floors warm and rooms quiet.
Cork is also an anti-static material, so it’s a great flooring choice to help prevent those nasty static shocks that occur when the weather is cold and dry. A great match for snowy boots and wet socks, cork flooring can also withstand the dampness. It’s naturally mold and mildew resistant, and anti-microbial.
You can keep the home fires burning around cork floors, too. The material works well around fireplaces and wood stoves. Cork is a natural fire-resistant material. It takes a very high heat before it will melt or catch on fire.
There is another advantage for cork as a choice for flooring for those of you who prefer eco-friendly substances. Cork is a sustainable and renewable material.
Your third choice for cold weather flooring is tile. Not usually thought of for warm floors, tile is a durable product that can withstand the mud, snow, and moisture tracked in on winter boots and wet clothing. Durable and water-resistant, clean up is as easy as mopping or wiping up moisture with a cloth or towel.
Tile comes in various styles, colors, textures and sizes giving you ample choices to fit in with the design of your home and your lifestyle. The three most common types of tile are porcelain, ceramic, and natural stones.
Although generally cool to the touch, tile can be warmed up easily with radiant heating. According to the US Department of Energy, “Ceramic tile is the most common and effective floor covering for radiant heating, because it conducts heat well and adds thermal storage.”
There are three types of radiant floor heating. They are air-heated, electric, and hydronic. The two types of radiant floor installation techniques are called “wet installation” and “dry installation.” A professional flooring company, such as Pro Floors of Utah, can help you determine which radiant heating system, and what flooring would work best in your home.
Choosing flooring that fits your home’s design, your lifestyle, and the yearly weather patterns in your area can be tricky. In locations where the temperatures can drop down into the single digits or below can cause problems with certain types of materials.
As such, professional guidance can help you determine what flooring material and design would work best for the weather environment your home is located in.
Pro Floors of Utah understands the unique flooring needs of homeowners in areas with colder temperatures. Their trained employees can explain to you how temperature and humidity variances can affect flooring materials. They can guide you in making the right choices for flooring in each room of your home that fits your local climate, your personal style, and your home’s design.
Contact Pro Flooring of Utah for a professional evaluation of your home’s flooring needs, and to get more information about the top three flooring choices for colder climates.