FLOORS – Tropical Patterns
CONSIDER CAREFULLY USING HOUSE SLAB FLOOR. THIS WILL BE COOL DURING DAY BUT MAY BE TOO HOT AT NIGHTS
Concrete slab floors can transfer heat to the ground, but only if totally shaded and not linked to solid walls that are heated during the day.
IN ELEVATED HOUSES USE LIGHT WEIGHT TIMBER FLOORING SO HEAT IS LOST QUICK AT NIGHT
Timber sheeting or floorboards are a poor heat store, so will lose heat quickly at night. Raise concrete floors and slabs are not good for heat loss, although they will help with cooler winter nights.
IN ELEVATED HOUSE CONSIDER AIR GAPS BETWEEN FLOORING IF ABOVE THE GROUND BELOW FOR AIR CIRCULATION
Flooring with gaps is usually for open verandahs, but if the floor is above the open ground or a garage or utility room you can use flooring gaps for air flow.