Even if you’re tired of looking at your damaged, outdated, or just plain boring floors, you may be reluctant to undertake an extensive re-flooring project on your own. The prospect of tearing out your current floors, making necessary repairs, and then installing new flooring may seem messy and inconvenient.
Fortunately help is available, and companies like Abston Installations can handle both removal and installation of a wide variety of flooring types, minimizing the number of contractors you need to coordinate. But before you arrange to have new flooring installed, it’s important to do some preliminary research to make sure your new flooring will be as durable and long-lasting as possible. Read on to learn more about the best flooring options for homes in a humid subtropical climate like the Tampa Bay area.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
This sleek, classic flooring material stands up to water exceptionally well, which is why tile is so often used in kitchens, restrooms, and other humid rooms. When water or condensation strikes ceramic tile, it beads up instead of soaking in, which means these floors will absorb next to no moisture, even on ultra-soggy days. And although porcelain tile can be cold to the feet when it’s chilly outside, the mild-to-hot temperatures of the Tampa Bay area mean that this floor will likely be pleasantly cool during the hottest months of summer.
Not all laminate flooring is created equal, and while some laminate types and brands advise that you shouldn’t even do so much as clean them with a moist mop, other types (including high-pressure laminate) are far more moisture-resistant. High-pressure laminate comes in a nearly endless range of colors, styles, and designs, allowing you to pick out an option to coordinate with just about any decor scheme without breaking the bank.
This type of hardwood flooring is made by compressing recycled bits of other hardwood floors together and securing them with glue, creating a stronger and more moisture-resistant product than traditional hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood can be nearly indistinguishable from traditional hardwood but is generally less expensive and doesn’t require a dehumidifier or other humidity-reducing appliance.
Vinyl flooring may bring to mind the vision of a 1970s-era kitchen, but today’s vinyl floor panels can be just as long-lasting and modern-looking as far more expensive flooring types. Vinyl is perfect for Florida’s high temperatures and humid weather, as it’s available in stone, wood, or tile finishes yet doesn’t absorb moisture like some types of stone and hardwood flooring.
We’ll work with you to find the best flooring option for your home that beautiful, comfortable, and most importantly functional!