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Quick Answers: Can Vinyl Flooring Withstand Cold Temperatures?

We recently received this question in our FAQ section:

Can vinyl floating floors be used where temperatures go below freezing with no heating in the winter?

Great question! While there’s a quick answer right here, we decided to dive a little deeper, what with the Polar Vortex hitting this year and other symptoms of climate change becoming more frequent in our weather patterns.

Vinyl, since it’s a nonorganic material, isn’t subject to the same level of temperature-related expansion and contraction like hardwood. It’s a wonderful waterproof material that’s resistant to impact, staining, scratching, and wear; it can take a punch and stand up to a busy family’s active lifestyle.

The principle of material changing with temperature is known as Thermal Expansion and Contraction. Without getting too into the weeds of physics, materials expand under heated conditions and contract when it’s cold.



Meredith Foster is a content writer at Floors To Your Home.

Posted in Customer Q & A, Vinyl Flooring
2 comments on “Quick Answers: Can Vinyl Flooring Withstand Cold Temperatures?
  1. kathy says:

    we would like to put vinyl flooring in a pool garage going over cement.. it is not attached to the house and does not have any heat. We live in the London Ontario area.
    Would vinyl flooring be ok to use?

    • David says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      Where I’m from, a Pool Garage is a small structure, more the size of a shack than a proper garage, used to house the filters and and pumps for a pool. If I have that right, then we can’t recommend any kind of plank flooring (unless you’re told of a genuine, outdoor flooring product, which just isn’t our forte). For the place I’ve described, we would recommend sheet vinyl. Its seamlessness makes it easier to clean, and less likely to form gaps and allow liquid to seep through and corrode your concrete.

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