Children and pets have tons of energy and can be very rough on their environments. One of the best things about the current flooring industry is that flooring can be tailored to a multitude of environments and tastes. If you’ve got a house full of hooligans, you’ve got to be on the hunt for the perfect family-friendly space for your home. Here are some major things to consider when creating the space for your family.
Durability-Let’s face it, children and pets can be really tough on your home and floors. Kids like nothing more than to run around or lay on the floor with their toys, which are often made with hard plastic and metal. Hardwood floors are very durable but can also be scratched and dinged. Put a large area rug down over your hardwood floors to extend the life of your hardwood floors with young children around. Also, consider the materials used in the production of your flooring. Some floors have higher levels of phthalates and lead which are particularly harmful for children. Reclaimed wood can also have variations and knots that could be difficult for crawling babies.
Easy Maintenance-No matter how durable a floor is, no hardwood floor is 100% scratch proof and no carpets are 100% spill proof. With that in mind, another very important consideration when picking your family-friendly flooring is how easy it is to maintain. Select a floor that is easy to clean, such as hardwood or tiling for main living areas like kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms, or carpeting and cork for bedroom and playroom areas. Go the extra mile by picking a carpet with a stain prevention treatment. To reduce the wear and tear on your floors, make sure to mop hard floors, and vacuum carpets frequently to remove debris and dirt. Every floor needs a deep clean at least once a year.
Versatility-When choosing your floors, keep in mind that floors will last many years. This will affect your room design when you have a family. Children grow very quickly, along with their abilities and preferences. Pick floors that will grow over the years with your family. For example, you can pick hardwood floors, that will last you for a very long time, but then pick a fun area rug to tailor your space for your current needs. You might be tempted to give in to your children’s demands for a neon pink floor, but it’s better to choose this for a wall color, which is much easier to change when your child’s tastes change. In general, pick darker floors for big open areas, and lighter floors for bedrooms and small rooms. Carpeting is a great choice for bedrooms, providing comfort, warmth, and a soft floor for creeping out of the room when baby is sleeping.
Growing families require specific types of flooring that are durable, easy to maintain, and are versatile to keep up with changes in your family. Check out our awesome choices at Kruper with our specialists today.
The home improvement industry uses a lot of resources. Not all of these resources, even if they are natural, are procured in an environmentally friendly way. Manufacturers are starting to become more aware of the impact that these practices are having on the environment and on us.
Cork – This is one of the most popular environmentally friendly flooring options available right now. Cork is harvested by taking the bark off of cork trees, which is very safe for the tree. A cork tree grows a completely new bark every 9 years, so a farm can continue to harvest bark and then let the trees grow the bark back again. When the bark is harvested, it’s used for wine corks, and then any excess cork is ground up and then pressed into cork boards or flooring. This beautiful flooring is environmentally sustainable and creates a warm, comfortable space for your home.
Bamboo – Bamboo is technically considered a grass that grows incredibly quickly. The major benefit to the environment in using bamboo flooring is that it’s easily sustainable. Compared to trees, which take years and years to grow to a large size, bamboo grows very quickly and is easy to replant. Bamboo is also extremely durable and looks just like wood.
Reclaimed Wood – Instead of cutting down new trees to make the boards for your flooring, recycle by using reclaimed wood! By taking wood from barns, warehouses, or factories that aren’t being used anymore, lumber mills can process the wood and retreat it to give it another life. These old boards can often look rustic, giving your floor more character. Additionally, reclaimed wood can often be wood that was farmed from trees that were older and stronger than wood farmed in recent years.
There are many amazing environmentally friendly materials you can use in your home. Cork, bamboo, and reclaimed wood are just three of the most popular ones. Even home buyers are looking for these elements in homes that they purchase, and new home builds are looking for more ways to incorporate environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Kruper flooring would be happy to reduce your carbon footprint and increase the environmentally friendly value of your home today!
Although it may seem simple to tear out old flooring and replace it with a new one, installing new flooring can have several different components, depending on your home and the type of flooring you choose. When you’re selecting a new flooring, it’s important to know the components of the floor. Let’s take a look at the different layers of flooring and what purpose they serve.
The first layer of flooring is called the subfloor. It lays on top of the floor joists and provides a surface for walking on. Subfloors are commonly made from plywood. The further apart the floor joists are, the thicker the plywood should be to support the weight of furniture and people walking on it. Every floor requires a subfloor to hold up to people walking on it, otherwise, you would fall right through!
After the subfloor comes the optional underlayment flooring layer. This part of flooring is used to create a smoother, more consistent surface than plywood. Every floor does not need an underlayment, but it can provide cushioning and support to make your flooring last even longer. Hardwood and laminate floors benefit from a flexible underlayment that reduces squeaking and cracking, while also being mold and mildew resistant. For tiled floors, a cement backer board or other sturdy underlayment will reduce the amount of shifting and damage done to tiles over time.
The final layer of your floor is the floor covering or finish floor. This layer is the one that you will see all the time. Choices for floor covering include tile, laminate, hardwood, carpet (which usually only requires a subfloor), and much, much more.
If you want to be able to put out beautiful furniture and walk around on your floors, you absolutely must have a strong subfloor. It’s the only way you won’t fall through! After making sure that your floors are structurally sound, the decision of underlayment is determined by your choice of floor covering and the allowable height of your floors. Take stock of the height of your doors and cabinets or other existing features in your room to help you decide how thick your floors can be.
The kitchen is often the social hub of the household. Many families use it more than they use their family rooms or dens. Families prepare food, share meals, gather at the kitchen table for games and activities and so much more. With spending so much time in the kitchen, pick a flooring that is updated and fresh. Here are some of the flooring designs that are on their way out of popularity.
Darker wood tones are decreasing in popularity. Today’s trends focus on creating large open spaces filled with light. Cabinets and counter tops in the kitchen are trending towards lighter shades of wood. White cabinets are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of a dark wood stain, switch up your flooring in the kitchen and pick a lighter wood tone.
Traditional ceramic tiling has been around for a very long time. This look is perfect for the kitchen because it’s easy to wash and maintain. It’s recently falling out of favor because the grout can get dirty and difficult to clean. More importantly, ceramic tile that mimics the look of wood floors has gained in popularity over more traditional designs. Pick a complimentary or contrasting color of wood-look tile to go with your cabinets.
Monochromatic flooring is also on its way out the door. In 2018, flooring in the kitchen is all about funky designs, pops of color, and creating a unique floor for your design space. The unique flooring can even be created with a unique pattern, such as chevron, in the layout of your hardwood floor boards.
Dark wood tones, traditional ceramic tiling and simple, monochromatic flooring are losing popularity in kitchens in 2018. Flooring trends come and go, but the main thing is to pick a flooring that fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.
Wood is a beautiful material that we use for so many things in our daily lives. We use wood in our furniture, kitchen cabinets, the frames of our homes, our flooring, and so much more. Wood is strong, easily obtained, and if properly treated and maintained, will last for a very long time. Over the years, our use of wood as a flooring substance has changed and evolved, but hardwood flooring is currently one of the most popular choices for flooring in homes. Let’s take a look back at the history of hardwood flooring.
The first known uses for hardwood floors were in wealthy homes because of the limited wood available, and the expense it took to make the floors. Average people had hard packed dirt as their flooring. But when colonists came to America, there were plenty of strong, old trees to be used for housing and flooring. Building methods and tools were still rustic at the time, and not everyone had access to them. Tools were used to scrape the wood flat, while they used actual sand in an attempt to smooth out the floor boards. Most wood was not straight and created gaps in between floorboards. Even with these rudimentary methods, the floors were still meant to be covered with paint or textile coverings, as there were many imperfections.
The industrial revolution brought many advances in treating and preparing wood. Steam-driven woodworking technology allowed us to create finished wood boards in standardized measurements. Tongue and groove molding allowed the creation of a wood flooring without pesky gaps from warping and not meeting exactly. Wood flooring continued to be used as a flooring material until after WWII. Finishing on floors included a thick wax that treated the floors and needed to be reapplied to maintain the wood. Another reason that wood flooring fell out of fashion was the advent of industrialization. Industrialization brought synthetic fibers and more advances in carpeting which reduced the cost of previously very expensive carpeting in the home. Carpeting became extremely popular in every room of the house except for kitchens and bathrooms, where ceramic tiles were commonly used.
Hardwood flooring became popular again in the 1990s. The beautiful floors were seen as a symbol of investing in a longer lasting material that was easier to keep clean. Wood flooring with carpets on top were seen as an easier way to take carpets out and clean them and clean the floors. Additionally, advances in finishing materials made great changes to the maintenance of hardwood floors. Wood boards are now precision cut and planed with a perfect tongue and groove fit, stained with a wide variety of stain colors that is handpicked by the customer, and then treated with polyurethane to give it a super strong and durable surface that will last a homeowner more than a decade with only minimal maintenance.
Hardwood flooring has come a very long way in the millenia that it has been in use. From refining methods for cutting and standardized board measurements, to effective and durable finishing methods, hardwood floors have evolved into a beautiful, smooth, easy to maintain and long-lasting flooring material. Hardwood floors can be customized to any stain color and flooring design. Talk to Kruper’s specialists today to invest in the future of your home with the most popular flooring around!