The unique location of Klamath Falls makes it the perfect hot spot for avid outdoors enthusiasts. The lakes, rivers and Cascades are a part of daily life for us, but while that’s great for residents, it presents a challenge for our homes. Tracking in the leftover dirt and moisture can prove detrimental for our home’s flooring. Even worse, the effects often aren’t seen until much more costly repairs are needed.

Fortunately, some flooring options are more up for the challenge. Here’s a quick guide to finding the most durable flooring options for the active family.

Modern Carpet

When considering rugged, durable flooring for lovers of the outdoors, carpet probably isn’t the first option that comes to mind. However, carpet has actually benefited from a few surprising innovations in recent years.

For example, carpet fibers are now designed not just to resist dirt and water absorption, but repel it altogether. Even better, carpet backing is now designed to do the same thing – significantly reducing the risk of mold. So when the family comes tracking dirt into the home after a day of hiking on the Cascades, you won’t need a professional carpet cleaning service to remove embedded stains and moisture (although this is still a good idea every 18 months).

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring has earned a pretty solid reputation as a durable flooring choice. Even so, many traditional selections are still susceptible to moisture and warping during seasonal changes. Traditionally, we’ve tried to stave this off with various treatments and a few inconvenient best practices. But now, there’s a new, better solution: engineered hardwood flooring.

Engineered hardwood uses the leftovers that would normally be wasted from other hardwood flooring to create multi-layer panels. As a result, the construction is much more durable and resistant to moisture. It also won’t expand or contract with temperature changes. And since it recycles leftover materials, environmental impact is reduced.

Waterproof Flooring

Waterproof laminate flooring in a living room

As much as we love our mountains, Klamath Falls is known for its water sports. So, it makes sense that we’d want to consider a waterproof solution for our flooring. That’s why we offer an entire line of waterproof flooring. The selections here are engineered to repel, rather than soak, moisture. They’re also installed in a manner that prevents moisture from seeping into the subfloor.

The Strength and Cleanliness of Porcelain

Brick-like porcelain tile room scene

If you’re worried about dirt, dander, germs AND moisture, porcelain just might be the perfect choice for you. It’s been used for years in kitchens and bathrooms due to its waterproof properties. However, it’s also hypoallergenic, resists bacteria and is easy to clean. Even better, it’s among the most durable tile & stone selections, stronger even than ceramic. Modern porcelain flooring can also be designed to imitate other flooring materials, such as hardwood. Needless to say, it’s no surprise that we’re beginning to see porcelain in other parts of the home (even on outdoor patios).

Learn More

For expert advice on the perfect flooring for your home, or to browse the many styles and selections of durable flooring, stop by Cardinal Flooring in Klamath Falls today!