Having kids or planning to have a family is something to keep in mind when choosing a type of flooring. Floors generally endure a lot of wear and tear with kids in the household and it is helpful to recognize the pluses and drawbacks of your flooring options.
Carpeted floors are comfortable for crawling babies and toddlers, soft under foot, and provides a no-slip surface as well as cushioning for frequent baby and toddler falls. As a natural insulator, carpet reduces the noise of children’s toys dragging across the floor. Carpet comes in many styles and colors which are sure to match your tastes and home décor.
The main drawback of carpet is that it requires a lot of upkeep. Carpet needs to be vacuumed at least once a week or more depending on your family to clean up dust or dirt, as well as deep cleaned at least every 12-18 months. Carpet harbors dust and allergens and may be detrimental for children with allergies or asthma. Carpet can also harbor volatile organic compounds ( VOCs); families with children should choose a carpeting material that is low VOC emissions, particularly if anyone has allergies or asthma.
Hardwood floors are not comfortable for crawling babies or toddlers and do not cushion falls, but they are much less maintenance than carpet. Hardwood floors are easier to clean with regular sweeping and wiping up any spills enough to maintain their cleanliness and appearance. Hardwood floors can be scratched and chipped by children’s toys but can easily be refinished without needing to be replaced.
Hardwood flooring is also a great option for families with children who suffer from allergies or asthma, since hardwood floors do not retain pet dander, mold, pollen, or dust.
Popular, durable options include oak flooring, with red oak in particular having a stronger grain that hides dents and imperfections well. Australian cypress and Brazilian cherry are other very hard woods with strong grains that hide imperfections well. These woods also hold up well under moisture and are a great option in the kitchen where children may spill food or drinks, although it is still important to quickly wipe up any spills.
Laminate flooring has the look of hardwoods for a lower cost. They consist of compressed pieces of veneer that have the image of a wood species stamped on top. They do not require much upkeep and are also a great option for children with allergies or asthma since they will not retain dirt, dust, and animal hair. Laminate flooring is extremely slippery when wet so it is important to be cognizant and clean up any spills to prevent any injuries.
Bamboo is an eclectic choice that is becoming very popular for its durability. Technically a grass and not a hardwood, bamboo is environmentally friendly since it is very quick to grow and replenish. Bamboo floors are very hard and naturally stain resistant, making them a very durable choice for families.
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