While we’re right in the thick of another hot South Carolina summer, we’re spending time keeping cool in the shade. We also appreciate all the “cool” flooring available, especially after kicking off our shoes or flip flops after a long day in the heat. Certain types of flooring will keep your feet and house cool. Let’s take a look at some of the best flooring materials for staying cool.

Tile and Stone Flooring

Tile and stone flooring is some of the coolest flooring around. Not only is it cool on your feet, it’s highly durable, beautiful, and comes in a huge variety of styles. Popular stone tiles include marble, slate, granite, travertine, quartzite, and onyx. Ceramic and porcelain tile are highly versatile and can be arranged in a variety of patterns (think diagonal, grid, herringbone, pinwheel, and border).

You can’t get much more durable than tile and stone floors either. Waterproof and highly resistant to scratches and falling objects, stone and tile is most commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it elsewhere. Let’s get creative and design and unique stone or tile floor for your home!

We highly recommend hiring a professional to design and install tile flooring as poorly grouted tile will introduce moisture below the tiles, swelling sub-floor systems, and eventually crack the tile.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors just might be the perfect combination of hot and cold – cool on your feet while bringing warmth and style to your home. Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of styles, colors and designs to meet the needs of every person considering hardwood flooring. Choose from factory finished, unfinished, solid, engineered, strip, plank, parquet, and acrylic impregnated. Consider oak, maple, cherry, bamboo or cherry hardwood floors for your home.

The many benefits of hardwood flooring include:

  • Available in a variety of designs and styles
  • Does not attract pollen, dust and other allergens
  • Low maintenance – think a quick wipe or sweep to clean up
  • Can add value to your home
  • Adds warmth and beauty to your home

Cool in the summer, cozy in the winter; if you’re considering hardwoods for your home in the greater West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC area, schedule a free, in-home consultation to see what Floor Coverings International has to offer.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is extremely popular in Columbia, SC and surrounding areas, largely due to its affordability and variety of styles. It’s certainly cool on your feet, and with pretty cool options, too. LVT is made to imitate natural flooring materials like hardwoods, tile, and stone, but for a fraction of the price.

LVT is more durable than traditional vinyl tile as it’s thicker. LVT also comes prefinished with a tough top layer that protects your floors from scratches and gouges that can occur overtime. LVT is easier to install than natural stone and hardwood floors as it can be precut to fit any room’s size and shape. Professional design and installation is still recommended as any mistake can prove costly as materials mount up.

Beat the Heat with Floor Coverings International

Not only do we offer the “coolest” in flooring in town, we bring our flooring samples to you! No need to spend time stuck in traffic on I-26 on a 102⁰F day – enjoy discussing and designing your new floors with one of our design associates in the comfort of your own home. The consultation is free, and we bring everything to you. Interested? Call 803-661-8567 to schedule an appointment, or book directly online here.