Most homeowners don’t think about every season when they’re furnishing their summer house. If you’ve installed new flooring at any point after the warmer months, you might find that it’s far less comfortable in warmer weather the following year.
Amtico, flooring experts and specialists, have helped us create this short guide on choosing the right flooring for your summer house.
Pick a stone-based material to keep cool
If you’re wanting your summer house to be cooler than standing outside, stone flooring is an excellent choice. It keeps you much cooler and retains less heat, so direct sunlight won’t warm the room up as much as it would with conventional, heat-trapping flooring.
If you’re going to be using your summer house in winter, you might want to store a few rugs inside during summer that you can lay down as the days get colder. Stone will prevent natural heat from reaching the room as fast, making it extremely cold underfoot.
Opt for white flooring to reflect light around the room…
If you’re wanting to use natural light in your summer house, get white flooring – it’ll reflect light really well, especially if it’s smooth, and can create a much brighter-looking interior without you needing to instal more electric wires and light switches. DIY fans could even paint their existing stone or tile floor, although it’s far more reliable to buy them from a reliable retail company.
Unfortunately, white will show dirt and stains, so be sure that the floor is easy to clean.
…or choose black flooring to warm things up
Black absorbs while white reflects, meaning that black flooring can help trap heat indoors regardless of what material it is. If you’ve noticed that your tiles aren’t absorbing any sunlight, and are still too cold to stand on barefoot, you might want to paint them black before the next summer. It won’t reflect much light, so the room may be a bit darker, but darker paint can also be used to hide stains and scratches that are too discolouring to fix normally.
Match the flooring to the purpose of the room
If your summer house is meant to be used as a DIY workshop, strong concrete flooring is the ideal choice, but if it’s meant for children to play in then a soft carpet would work best. Knowing what you’ll use the space for is a valuable part of the planning you’d need to do, and sometimes going for a more ‘general’ flooring option can backfire.
For example, if you go for wooden flooring as a generic compromise between all options, you make it really risky to have any kind of fireplace, candle or barbeque near that area of flooring. Vinyl flooring with a wooden aesthetic is a much safer choice.
Consider the local summer weather
Dry heat is very different from humid heat, and countries that get rain in warm weather are different to those that only get rain when it’s colder. The specific weather your area of the world gets will dictate what kind of flooring you need, since certain materials and floor-protecting techniques won’t work under wetter or drier conditions.
Unwaterproofed wood is a bad choice for areas that get a lot of humid-to-wet weather since it can be hard to clean and may rot under, but mild-to-hot climates would find it quite convenient. Stone tiles, on the other hand, are excellent for mild weather but can get really cold or really hot when the temperature rises or drops too far.