What type of flooring for high-humidity homes?

It’s important to consider the climate you live in when picking floors. It helps determine the comfort level of your home and the suitability of the flooring on your wish list. High humidity makes people feel clammy. And your house, furniture and timber floors don’t like it either! Below are some tips to help you select the right type of flooring.



About relative humidity and rising damp

Ideally, relative humidity sits between 40 and 60%. High-humidity homes — where humidity levels exceed 60% — are a recent phenomenon. In older homes, natural ventilation is more common, as they not as airtight and often have single glazing. During renovation work, however, crevices and gaps are sealed, and single glazing is replaced by double glazing. The most common result? Rising damp, making relative humidity levels increase dramatically.

‘Wet’ rooms

Some rooms are more humid than others — think of bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. In high-humidity homes, however, you need to consider the humidity level in other rooms as well. So, what type of flooring to pick?


Playing safe with vinyl

The safest option is vinyl: it’s 100% waterproof. That doesn’t mean that you can install vinyl planks in your walk-in shower, though. But they can perfectly handle a flooded bathroom! Quick-Step laminate is water-resistant as well. Some Quick-Step laminate laminate ranges have a waterproof surface as well. The Impressive Ultra, Majestic, Eligna and Colonial Plus floors with HydroSeal coating are an ideal choice.

The perfect look and feel for your bathroom? Get creative and choose from Quick-Step’s extensive range of flooring options.