As September draws to a close, many homeowners are excitedly preparing for the winter and cold weather. That might mean getting out your winter blankets or checking that your pipes have enough insulation and won’t freeze.
Another issue that many homeowners don’t consider is how the winter weather might affect your flooring. As a dedicated floor covering specialist, Palmetto Carpet & Flooring Covers realize that you might not be thinking about your floor in your excitement.
With the holidays on the way, it’s easy to get caught up in decorating your home and preparing to receive visitors and host gatherings.
However, your floor is a vital part of your property, so you need to make sure that it’s always in the best possible condition.
If you’re unsure of how the winter weather might affect your home’s flooring, then keep reading. Our flooring experts have written a piece on how the cold weather could impact on your home’s floor and how you can prevent severe damage.
Hardwood Floors Can Shrink
Hardwood is a popular flooring material. It’s a beautiful, natural material that looks incredible and can last for many years if it’s taken care of correctly.
In the winter, hardwood might shrink as the wood reacts to the cold weather and the extra water and salt coming into contact with when people walk on it.
There are many ways that you can protect your hardwood flooring, including:
- Ask visitors to remove their shoes or wipe their feet before they enter your home.
- Buy a humidifier or HVAC unit to keep your home warm.
- Varnish your floor in autumn to make sure that it’s protected before the temperature drops significantly
- Cover your hardwood floor with an area rug to insulate it.
By taking these precautions, you’ll reduce the chances of the winter weather impacting negatively on your beautiful hardwood flooring.
If you find that it’s hard to protect your hardwood floor, then you could consider replacing it with a more durable alternative.
Many flooring solutions, such as luxury vinyl and laminate, look like hardwood but are more robust and able to better withstand the winter weather.
As such, you should consider replacing your hardwood floor with these solutions if you’re concerned about how your floor will hold up in the winter or your home’s décor needs refreshing.
Carpet Needs Cleaning More Often
In the winter, the cold weather means that there will be more dirt and grime in your home. This dirt might come from your shoes, as well as from your skin, as the cold weather might dry it out and make it more prone to flaking.
As such, your carpet will need cleaning more often than they will during the summer. Also, as you and your family will be indoors more often in the winter, your carpet will get dirty faster.
Clean your carpet more often during the winter to stop it from becoming unsightly and grubby. As well as vacuuming your carpet, it would help if you considered shampooing at least once a week.
Alternatively, you could hire a company to deep-clean your carpet and shampoo it to look beautiful and smells fresh and clean.
A clean carpet will also benefit your health, as it won’t grow mold or other bacteria that could harm you or your loved ones. So, make sure that, during the winter, you focus more on cleaning your carpet.
Ceramic Tiles Might Crack
For bathrooms, kitchens, and other rooms that get wet and damp, ceramic tiles are a beautiful, durable solution. However, if you did not get them fitted properly or old, they might crack.
Ceramic tiles crack in the winter because the cold weather means they can rise from the floor and then split. The best way to prevent this is to work with a reliable, respected floor covering supplier who can provide you with high-quality ceramic tiles and install them correctly.
Palmetto Carpet & Flooring Covers offers a range of ceramic tiles in a wide variety of different styles, colors, and shapes. We also offer one of the best services in the Mount Pleasant area, so that you can rest assured that your new ceramic tiles will last and look fantastic for many years to come.
As well as installing quality tiles in your home, it would help if you also considered cleaning them more often. Use a quality tile cleaning product and scrub your tiles to get into the spaces between the tiles.
By cleaning your tiles more often, you’ll reduce the chance of damage and keep them looking as beautiful as they were when you first got them.
Floors Might Feel Cold Underfoot
If you’ve chosen laminate, ceramic tile, or hardwood flooring, then your floor could feel cold when you walk on it, particularly if you use your bare feet.
As such, you should consider choosing a rug for your floor to make it more comfortable to walk on in the winter. You can remove the rug when the weather gets warmer, making it the ideal temporary flooring solution.
We offer a wide range of area rugs and smaller solutions so that you can find the perfect rug for your home. We’ve got something to suit all styles and tastes, so you can quickly find the rug you love to make your home snug in the winter.
Consider Replacing Your Floor
If your flooring is old or damaged, then consider replacing your flooring. After all, winter is the time of year when you’ll spend more time in your home, so you need to make sure that it’s comfortable.
Palmetto Carpet & Flooring Covers has a wide range of flooring solutions, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when you visit our Mount Pleasant showroom or check out our website to see our complete range.
To find out more about the range of flooring solutions that we offer and how we can help you choose and install your new floor, contact us.
We’ve been supporting homeowners throughout South Carolina for many years, so we know how to help you find the perfect flooring products in time for the colder weather.