We have just built a 20 by 14 foot four seasons sunroom in place of our deck in the Texas Hill Country. The substrate is plywood, and we will be adding a 3/8 layer on top for a smoother surface, since some of the knot holes are deep. Underneath are both insulation and a moisture barrier. The room contains a heater air conditioner, but we were planning to leave that on extreme temps of 85 F when unoccupied and about 45 or 50 in winter. The room has many sliding windows and a propane fireplace.
We have had a couple instances of leaking, hopefully repaired now. A very low maintenance, grandchild friendly floor is desired, so vinyl seems a good choice, but I cannot verify the temperatures it can handle. We can maintain good temperature for installation.
Do you have any suggestions? The local Home Depot has Allure by Traffic Master, and another local store would order Armstrong. Though I think the cushion kind would not be good with animals and kid ride on toys.
Any suggestions you have will be much appreciated!
Answer: To determine what floors are suitable for temperatures like 85 degrees, it really is best to check with each individual manufacturer’s specific guidelines or ask a trusted retailer. (For store locaters in your area, click here.) Other products you might want to consider are cork and products like Mannington’s Adura.
For a general guideline on vinyl : All resilient products must be stored in a protected interior location, ideally one that can be climate controlled.
Optimum storage temperatures are between a low of 65ºF and high of 100ºF. Additionally, the humidity of the
storage area should be controlled and maintained between 30% and 70%.
For the entire life of the floor, the temperature should never fall below 55°F or exceed 90°F. If this minimum temperature
cannot be maintained, the performance of the flooring products and adhesives can be adversely affected. Ideally
the job site relative humidity will be maintained in the 40% to 50% range.
Cork can definitely be used in warmer temperatures because it is used in hot yoga rooms all the time! Another great benefit of cork is its retention and cushioned feeling. This would be a great choice for the kids with toys if your design style coordinates with cork.