Utah, like much of the southwest is a desert climate. However, what is interesting about this state is that it also features large mountain ranges like the Uinta Mountains. This creates a varied climate and allows many parts of Utah to receive rain despite the state’s southwest climate. Despite its southern location, many areas in Utah do receive freezing temperatures in the winter but typically the winters are extremely hot. As with most hot climates, installing hardwood can be risky if not placed in a temperature controlled room. Materials like slate and terrazzo are better suited for the desert because not only will these stones not buckle and crack in hot weather, but they will also stay cool when summer months bring triple-digit temperatures.
Because hardwood was readily available throughout the US, many historical homes utilize a lot of hardwood, even in the deserts of Utah. A lot of vernacular, or everyday architecture from the 18th and 19th century utilizes hardwood. Today, however, many homes are using more natural stone, because it will last longer and hold up better to the heat. On the contrary, there are many prominent universities in Utah that have massive and historical buildings, like Old Man located at Utah State University, the oldest functional building in the entire state. This building is made of natural stone (marble) and brick and is currently the home of many administrative offices for the campus.
A licensed flooring contractor can help design and install a new floor in your Utah home, and can also give you tips on how to maintain and care for your floor. Understanding the best ways to care for your floor will guarantee is lasts for years. When shopping around for a contractor, be sure to ask for references and work samples to ensure you are hiring a qualified contractor who can get the job done right.