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Best Flooring Options for Stuarts Subtropic Climate 

With the heat, humidity, and weather events in Florida's subtropical region, certain types of flooring do better than others. With sand, moisture, and tropical weather events being a way of life for Floridians, picking flooring that will stand the test of time is essential.

With flooring in regions such as this, you want three key characteristics.

1. Scratch-resistant – In Florida, sand is unavoidable and tracks easily into the home. Dirt and sand are the main culprits for wear and tear to flooring over time.  

2. Easy to clean surface – Having easy-to-clean flooring makes it less hassle to keep them maintained and looking good.

3. Mostly waterproof – Most homes are built on concrete slabs that retain and omit moisture. With Florida having high humidity and the most thunderstorms per year, waterproof flooring is essential.

The Best Flooring Options for Homes in Florida

1. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

In Florida, tile is the most preferred flooring option. To make tile flooring, clay is formed, glazed, and baked at high temperatures. As a result, they are resistant to water.

When the tile is exposed to moisture or humidity, it beads up on the surface rather than be absorbed. These tiles are great for homes in Florida since they are strong, water-resistant, and long-lasting. The tile looks great in kitchens, baths, and living spaces and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns.

2. Laminated Flooring

Laminate flooring is another popular choice for Florida homes. It's a manufactured material that has the appearance of genuine hardwood. It is long-lasting, dependable, and with a vapor barrier and proper installation, laminate is water-resistant too.

It's also a good idea to go with high-pressure laminate flooring that can be installed using special glue. This type of floor absorbs less moisture, can withstand high foot traffic and lasts longer. Laminate works best in homes with an HVAC system to eliminate moisture from the air.

3. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Although many homeowners like solid hardwood flooring, it does not do well in humid environments. For Florida's climate, an engineered hardwood floor is a great choice.

Engineered hardwood flooring does not expand and contract like solid hardwood and can be laid directly on concrete slabs. This, and the fact that engineered hardwood has a similar appearance to solid hardwood with many of the same benefits, makes it the best wood flooring option for subtropical homes.

4. Vinyl Flooring

Another popular option is vinyl flooring. Vinyl comes in many variations, including luxury vinyl that is water and scratch resistant and can mimic tile or wood flooring. It is excellent in most indoor spaces and long-lasting.

If you are interested in seeing your flooring options, explore options on our site or book an appointment at our showroom in Stuart today!

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