The Best Flooring Options When You Have Kids

The Best Flooring Options When You Have Kids

 

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.

Carpet

8 15 2 225x300 - The Best Flooring Options When You Have KidsCarpeted 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 Flooring

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

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

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 8 20 pic 3 300x225 - The Best Flooring Options When You Have Kidsnaturally stain resistant, making them a very durable choice for families.

Our flooring specialists are here to help you choose the right option for your family. Contact us today!

4 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Flooring If You Have Children

4 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Flooring If You Have Children

We mention how multi-leveled choosing your flooring can be between the pricing, the style, the design, the type; the possibilities are somewhat endless. Add to that a layer of concern when it comes to your children, and it can become nearly impossible to choose the best kind of flooring. Therefore, we have seasoned professionals to help reduce your stress, and slowly walk you through the process to select the best flooring for your needs! So, should you choose vinyl flooring if you have a house full of children (or child for that matter)?

 

Although there are many kid-friendly flooring options available, vinyl holds up the best, and is the easiest to clean. It’s ideal for families and comes with a variety of design and performance features. Today’s vinyl iJose pic 3 225x300 - 4 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Flooring If You Have Childrens water resistant and contains an additional clear top layer that keeps those spills from penetrating (meaning no permanent damage). So, what other benefits to vinyl floors have?

 

  1. Vinyl flooring holds up to scratches, marks from sketches, push toys, doesn’t stain, and as we mentioned doesn’t warp from spills. It’s level of duration is quite remarkable.

 

  1. Vinyl floors are eco-friendly and healthier than other flooring options. Dust doesn’t stay long and is visible; just wipe with a cloth!

 

  1. If a portion of the flooring has been damaged beyond repair, that portion can be replaced without damaging the rest of the flooring. It can also be polished or stained to match the rest of the floor. Yet another reason it’s a great option for those with children!

 

  1. Finally, vinyl is budget friendly and costs much less than other flooring option when it comes to installation.

 

 

Let’s say you already have flooring you want to keep, and only want to update flooring in one room or area. You’d like the two floors to complement one another when they meet, right? It’s easy to do with vinyl flooring! If you have hardwood flooring that will meet the vinyl, you can choose a vinyl that is close in color to the existing flooring to make it seem more seamless and fluid (the vinyl can be stained to match exactly as well). Or, if you have carpet and need the vinyl to complement the carpeting, simply choose a vinyl style that matches best with your carpet.Weinberg pic 1 225x300 - 4 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Flooring If You Have Children

 

We understand that it’s easier said than done, and deciding on which flooring is the best for your family and for your home is a heavy-weighted decision. Set up your appointment with one of our designers who will come to your home and help you visualize what you want and bring it to reality!