Hi Bob & Betsy, We have a large beach house that we are renovating in MD that is on a canal. We were going to go with a light white-washed gray laminate floor that looks like wood planks for the kitchen, entry way and part of the family room (a huge surface). But reading more about laminate we are hesitant because of people tracking in water from the canal, we seldom use a/c in the summer, and do not turn on the heat in the winter.
Is there a tough laminate that could take these conditions or maybe we should go with a luxury vinyl plank?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Great question! Finding the best laminate floor for a beach house isn’t always easy.
You’re smart to be conscientious of water from the canal. As you know, laminate is not completely waterproof. Still, the right products are durable enough to stand up to the occasional spill or tracking in of water. It shouldn’t stand in your way of purchasing laminate or vinyl flooring for your home.
Finding Durable Flooring for a Beach House
Not all laminate or vinyl flooring is created equal. Some is created in a way that’s more durable than others for certain environments.
We recommend Alloc products for your beach house. These products have aluminum locking system that is sealed, making it easier for them to keep the moisture out. They are highly durable.
You may also want to consider any of the vinyl flooring products that are moisture proof. These will also help prevent excess moisture from damaging your flooring.
A Few More Quick Tips
No matter what kind of flooring you install, you want it to last for years to come. To help you get the longest life out of your flooring, here are a few more quick tips.
- Clean up any messes right away. If you notice a puddle of water on the floor, don’t let it settle. Having dry towels on hand to wipe up large amounts of water will help prevent your floors from warping or buckling.
- Get the right underlayment. In a humid climate, such as near the beach, moisture can be a challenge. We suggest using a 3-in-1 underlayment to make your floor more comfortable and help wick away excess moisture so it doesn’t damage your floors.
As always, we are here to help! Send us any other questions, or talk to one of our flooring experts to help you find the perfect product for your beach house. And when you’re finished, be sure to send us a picture! We love seeing what our customers have done with their homes.