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Flooring to keep your home cool in summer

The British summer is a wonderful thing, especially when the temperatures are as high for as long as they have been recently. For some, however, the heat can start to cause problems, especially as our homes are generally designed to keep heat in. Sales of fans and air conditioning units are rocketing, although so too will be energy bills.

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An easier option might be to review the flooring in your home and choose an option that will ensure you stay warm in the winter but cool in the hotter summer months. Do your research before you start and build a picture of the look you would like to achieve.

Vinyl tiles

Vinyl has come a long way in recent years, with the luxury vinyl tiles now available giving you a huge range of options and offering great versatility. They work in all rooms and there are now so many design options that you will find something to suit every style.

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Good vinyl can cope with changes in humidity and temperature thanks to the smooth surface and PVC that regulates temperature. It is also water resistant, so perfect in kitchens and bathrooms.


Laminate has a great many benefits, not least that it is easy to install and care for. It copes well with changes to the atmosphere and is a real option for bathrooms. For the widest range of laminate flooring, visit a specialist retailer such as


If you prefer a natural flooring, hardwood has all the benefits of laminate and is cool underfoot, although it does come at a price.

Pale colours

Whatever flooring type you choose, think carefully about the colour you go for. Just as dark colours absorb heat, lighter colours can reflect the heat away and help to keep the whole house cooler.

For more ideas on helping your home to chill out in the hot weather, Houzz has some great suggestions.

Whatever you choose, you can add rugs and furniture to make it your own and personalise your space. When there are extremes of colder weather, you can take steps to draughtproof your home and keep the warm air in, regardless of what type of flooring you have laid. This could include draught excluders at the base of doors or laying rugs in the colder months to trap warmer air.

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