Fall has officially arrived in Klamath Falls!

Soon, we’ll be enjoying vibrant colors covering the Cascade Mountains.

In the meantime, though, we’re also experiencing some pretty extreme temperature changes: 70s by day, 30s by night. On top of that, we also need to prepare for the colder, snowy months to come. While we often remember to winterize our vehicles and HVAC units, there’s another important step often forgotten: our flooring. Yes, floors of all types have the potential to be impacted by sudden changes in temperature. Unfortunately, the damage isn’t always noticeable right away.

The good news is that many modern flooring selections have been designed to maintain their integrity regardless of the climate. Here are a few of the premier flooring options and features designed for the challenge.

Carpet Flooring


Carpet has traditionally enhanced a home’s energy efficiency. However, modern carpet takes this even further. This is especially true for memory foam padding, which also greatly enhances comfort.

But what about moisture resistance when tracking in all of that snow? As we’ve covered before, modern carpet has features that repel moisture altogether, preventing it from ever reaching the subfloor.

As for the colder weather itself, winter months are a particularly great time to have carpet professionally cleaned. After all, colder weather means dryer air, which allows carpet to dry faster. And with more snow getting tracked in after a day of winter sports in the Cascades, your carpet will probably need a little extra attention.

For selections that perform especially well during the winter months, take a quick look at our PERFORMANCE Destination line of carpet.

Hardwood Flooring


Although hardwood flooring has a timeless history of being both durable and easy to clean, but many species and selections can be detrimentally impacted by drastic temperature changes. Sadly, the impact is often subtle at first. Fortunately, engineered hardware flooring serves as a popular alternative. It incorporates a layered, high-pressure construction process that allows panels to remain stable during seasonal changes.

Some of our more popular engineered flooring options include Chancel Oak.

Tile & Stone Flooring

Cement-like tile flooring

While it’s always important to check the specifications for each line of flooring, many tile & stone selections hold up well to both extreme temperature changes and excessive dirt or moisture.This is why tile & stone tends to be a popular choice for outdoor patios. In fact, many lines of porcelain and ceramic are specifically designed for subfreezing temperatures.

However, this won’t always be the case. Unfortunately, some stone flooring can actually absorb moisture over time. Also, while some tile flooring may be designed for colder temperatures, they must often be installed during warmer weather (or, for indoor installation, with the heater set a specific temperature). This is why it’s important to carefully review the specs for your chosen floor.

Expert Assistance

If you’re concerned about the impact from our rapid temperature changes, contact one of our flooring experts at Cardinal Flooring in Klamath Falls. We have a team of flooring professionals ready to help you choose the right flooring for your home and keep it looking great for years to come.