Throughout the summer, Ontario homeowners will do almost anything to stay cool. While traditional means of cooling your home like air conditioners and fans are effective, the type of flooring you choose can also have an impact on your home’s temperature.
If you’re looking for new ways to keep your home cool in the summer months, consider these flooring options:
1. Laminate flooring
Many homeowners choose laminate flooring for its durability, and it’s also a great option if you want the appearance of natural stone or wood but without the cost. Laminate flooring will also absorb less heat than carpet, making it a great option for keeping your home cool. Laminate can be installed in any room in your home, from the kitchen to bedrooms to living areas. It will also require less maintenance than wood and stone, so it’s perfect for busy homeowners!
2. Porcelain tile flooring
If you’ve visited warmer locales like the Southern States, Latin America and the Mediterranean, you may have noticed the prevalence of tile flooring in bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms. Tile flooring stays cool and can be soothing for your feet on hot summer days, which makes it ideal for hotter climates and scorching Canadian summers. Porcelain tiles offer a luxurious option and are long-lasting, easy to clean and great for high-traffic areas.
3 . Natural stone & travertine flooring
One of the most popular natural stone flooring options for staying cool is slate. Slate floors are less slippery than other natural stones and is easy to maintain. Slate is a great option for a modern look and because it’s darker in colour, it rarely looks dirty.
There’s a reason so many buildings in ancient Rome used travertine — it’s long-lasting and stays cool. Travertine is softer than other types of natural stone, so it may show wear, but that becomes part of the charm.
4. Wool carpet
Wool is a natural insulator and helps to keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It also improves the indoor air quality of the home. Wool carpet can act as a stabilizer for relative humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture during periods of high or low atmospheric humidity.
Whether you are looking for cooler flooring options for your home or want to protect your floors from sun damage, the team at Bigelow Flooring can help. Visit our showroom for all of your flooring needs.