Choosing the Best Flooring

Choosing the Best Flooring for Hot, Humid Climates

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Great flooring makes all the difference in a home. Aside from the aesthetically pleasing quality, it increases the value of the home and is also an integral facet of interior design.

On the flip side, the wrong type of flooring can make a home less appealing in decor, comfort, and style. 

Various flooring types are suited to various homes, and location is a huge factor to consider in choosing a flooring option. Living in hot and humid climes requires a flooring option that is best suited for such heat and humidity. 

Want to know the best options? Find out some flooring tips below. 

General Tips for Choosing the Best Flooring for Hot, Humid Climates

When deciding on flooring types, an important thing to note is that the thermal mass of a flooring material suggests how well-suited it is to your climate. 

As an example, lighter flooring materials have lower thermal mass. Hence, they are better suited to warmer climes with a moderate degree of heat. Likewise, denser materials absorb heat and are ideal for colder regions to produce warmth for the feet.

So, in hot and humid climates, choosing the ideal floor type can make a tremendous difference and provide comfort.

What Types of Flooring Are Ideal for Hot and Humid Climates?

Now you know why it is crucial to choose the right flooring. But how do you choose the right flooring that fits your style and is also ideal for your climate? 

Here are the best types of flooring for hot and humid climates.

1. Vinyl Flooring

One attractive quality of vinyl floors is their luxurious ‘false’ wood appearance. However, what makes it an excellent choice for warmer and humid climes is its durability and resistance to moisture absorption. 

Vinyl flooring doesn't absorb heat compared to other flooring types which means you get to enjoy the comfort of cool floors. 

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Additionally, they hold up well in moist conditions and serve as the ideal material in damp areas of the house such as bathrooms, kitchens, or basements. 

As for maintenance, you can get through many summers without having to change your flooring. They're also easy to clean, long-lasting, and super affordable.

If you're concerned about how vinyl flooring fits in with your style, you should know that they come in a broad range of luxury designs and aesthetic options. 

The beautiful options available with vinyl flooring

a. Vinyl plank

If you want to mimic hardwood flooring, vinyl planks are ideal. Thanks to quality vinyl plank flooring, you can get any type of wood grains, colors, and textures.

b. Sheet vinyl

Sheet vinyl is a durable and affordable choice for homeowners who want vinyl flooring for larger areas. 

c. Vinyl Tiles

This type of vinyl flooring is excellent for homeowners looking for luxury and aesthetic design in their homes. 

2. Concrete Flooring 

Concrete flooring is in demand right now due to its suitability for hot and humid temperatures. Asides from being a low-maintenance material, concrete naturally remains cool which is great in the heat. 

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Concrete floors are unique in their own right, give off an edgy feel, and deliver a modern aesthetic. Additionally, they're less likely to get damaged, can last for long periods, and are easy to clean. 

If you're wondering how concrete floors can fit into your aesthetic look, here are stylish concrete floor ideas for inspiration. 

3. Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is an easy-to-install option that is suitable for hot and humid climes. As with others, they're durable and one distinct quality is that they are stain-resistant. 

However, some types can absorb moisture which is a flaw. You can easily bypass this drawback by choosing a type made of high-pressure laminate which minimizes moisture absorption. 

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Like vinyl planks, laminate flooring delivers a polished hardwood floor look. However, proper installation is required with a high-quality underlayment beneath your laminate flooring for a long-lasting result.

4. Porcelain Tiles 

Porcelain tiles fit right into ideal flooring options for hot and humid climates due to their calm nature. They're durable options, with low moisture absorption rates. 

Additionally, there is no better option for high-traffic environments like homes and office spaces, as porcelain floor tiles are durable, highly resistant to wear and tear, and resistant to scratches and scrapes from pets' rough nails. Porcelain material is also easy to clean and maintain.

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Discover different types that fit in great with the style and aesthetic you have envisioned no matter how hot and humid the climate gets. 

However, the factors to consider when choosing a flooring option remain the same: choose moisture-resistant, durable, and cool-surfaced options. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.