Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes months of notorious Brisbane heat.
Now is the time for homeowners to look at flooring options to beat the heat when December arrives.
During the warmer months, electricity and water bills can sky-rocket, as we resort to excessive cool showers, consistent frosty air-conditioning, and the perpetual use of ceiling fans. It often feels as if these expensive means of staying cool may be the only practical solutions available in the stifling weather.
At Tile Wizards, we believe that the rise in heat should not result in the rising cost of your home facilities. By simply changing the flooring in your home, you can beat even the most unbeatable heat, through one quality investment— along with the added benefit of increasing your home’s value. This blog will explain how you can keep your home looking and feeling cool all summer long with engineered wood, tiles, vinyl plank, or hybrid flooring options.
How can flooring affect the temperature of my home?
Soft surface flooring options, such as carpet and natural fibre flooring, act as insulation in the rooms of your house. In short, they tend to trap the heat in the room and keep the cold outside. This makes them a great option for home owners who want to keep toasty in colder climates, but an unwise choice for Brisbane homes that are prone to intense summers. Hard flooring, such as tiles, vinyl, plank, engineered wood, and hybrid flooring, are more resistant to absorbing heat, and will therefore keep your home cooler, if used correctly.
What will keep my home the coolest?
With so many cooling options to choose from, it can be difficult to determine a point of difference and decide which is most suitable for you. Each option does have its strengths and weaknesses, however, and it is important you consider them in relation to your home to make the best investment possible.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is a popular and temperature-stable choice when it comes to keeping your home cool, as it breathes and encourages airflow in even the stuffiest spaces. This beautiful flooring option will brighten up any space, as well as reduce the temperature. This option is ideal for home owners who live in high, breezy, and dry locations. Despite these benefits, however, this may not be the best option for those who live in areas that endure high levels of humidity. The layered construction of this flooring means that moisture damage from steamy weather could result in slight swelling, lifting, and warping, as well as the formation of mildew and mould.
A better option for homes that experience Brisbane’s more balmy weather would be tiled flooring. This smooth, hard surfaced flooring option can feel lavishly cool underfoot on even the hottest summer days. Due to its water-resistant nature, it won’t buckle, lift, or bubble in humid weather, and mildew and mould may find no purchase on the hard surface. While nothing beats the coolness of a shaded tile, when exposed to direct sunlight, they are known to absorb and radiate warmth. Due to this, tiles are ideal in rooms and homes whose windows are protected from the sun by strategically placed foliage, awnings, or curtains.
Hybrid or Vinyl Plank Flooring
For homes that endure substantial amounts of invasive sunlight, and moderate levels of humidity, hybrid flooring and vinyl plank flooring are happy mediums. As these options are synthetic, resistant to heat absorption, and are not porous, they will not radiate heat like tiles, and warp unless exposed to very high levels of humidity. While these options may not keep your home as cold as shaded tiles, they reliably ensure that your home never overheats, and present cost-effective alternatives to timber flooring. These options are available in a variety of realistic “timber” designs and textures and maintain appeal and integrity in Brisbane’s hot summer weather.
For more information on the best flooring option for you, contact us today, or visit your nearest store. Our friendly team of experts will consider the location and needs of your property and guide you in making the best possible decision before the heat hits this summer.
Tile Wizards are located across Australia, in Queensland (Bokarina, Brendale, Capalaba, Springwood, Toowoomba), South Australia (Lonsdale, Richmond, Para Hills West), and New South Wales (Coffs Harbour).
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