Do you have kids at home? Believe it or not, it is possible to find beautiful, affordable flooring that can withstand children and their rough and tumble ways. Your home doesn’t have to resemble a school with cold, gray tiles in order to be made kid-proof.
Will Any Floor Be Strong Enough?
Though a house padded with gym floor mats may seem ideal for homes with children, especially young kids and toddlers, we would be willing to bet that’s not the style or look you are going for when considering new floors for your house. Luckily, there are many options available that are tough enough to take the wear-and-tear that is sure to come over the next couple years, while still being trendy and attractive. Another plus, most of these flooring options are available without breaking the bank.
Not all rooms can be treated equally. Some experience heavy foot traffic each and every day while others barely see the bottom of a shoe from week to week. Consider how much action each room will see before you decide on a floor type.
For high-volume areas such as living rooms and bedrooms, which will likely see the brunt of dragged and dropped toys, highchairs, food, spilled drinks, and other sticky messes, durability will be just as important as looks. The best floors to use for these high traffic areas include solid wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl tile. They hold up best under foot traffic and work against wilting over time.
If you have your heart set on wood, testing of flooring products have shown that oak flooring can successfully fend off the effects of foot traffic almost as well as the best luxury vinyl tile and laminates. Some bamboo, cork and other “green” products, on the other hand, are far less durable than others and therefore not as strong an option in homes with small children.
Less Busy Areas
For rooms that receive much less use, such as dining rooms, consider more elegant choices such as top engineered wood or bamboo. Both of these products offer the attractiveness of natural veneer plus affordable installation.
All of the floor types listed above performed well in slip-resistance tests, with luxury vinyl tile topping off the list with slightly more slip resistance and engineered wood slightly less.
All of these flooring types have also been certified with the flooring industry’s FloorScore certification system, to determine the safety of each product. Luxury vinyl tile ranks high under this category as well, due to the relatively low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) it emits into the air. VOC’s have been linked to respiratory illnesses and can cause headaches and dizziness, so the relatively small number makes luxury vinyl tile a top choice for homes with children.
Picking the right type of flooring for your home is important, but choosing the right installer is just as big of a priority. Proper installation is necessary if you’d like to enjoy your floors for years to come. At Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers, we understand your concerns and we can help. Our staff of dedicated professionals will take the time to recognize and acknowledge your unique preferences, needs, and budget. Renovating a home is a big event, but with our help, the process can be relatively smooth and pain free.
When you’re ready to get started on your renovations, pick up the phone and give us a call at (812) 944-6383 or fill out our contact form. Let Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers handle all your residential flooring needs and we’ll bring your vision to life in no time!
A new testimonial was just posted to our business profile page on the BBB’s website!
Here’s a link to the BBB and here is the latest testimonial posted:
My wife and I are very pleased
Ralph and his associates first of all should be commended for their tireless work during somewhat days of very hot, humid days along with sudden extreme downpours. They managed to remodel my master bath in a timely and efficient manner. Ralph was very knowledgeable, instructive, helpful and friendly during his experience with my wife and me. During the course of his labor there were times when myself or my wife would show concern, or just ignorance, of things that he was doing. I consider myself a pretty good DIYer, and there were some times that Ralph would stop and sufficiently explain to me things that he was doing upon my inquiring. Ralph was patient with myself and my wife when we didn’t quite have things he needed at the proper time and he was very patient when we made decisions on grout color then after getting about a fourth of the floor grouted, we changed our minds and selected another color instead. This created extra work for Ralph, but he took it in stride and performed the task. My wife and I are very pleased with the final outcome of Ralph’s and his associates’ labor. They finished the job in a timely manner and were very efficient. I would recommend Ralph Severson and associates to all my friends.
Ric Hadley – August 2015
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