Flooring choices are endless and it can be difficult to select the proper flooring for your busy family. From different textures, materials, durability and maintenance needs, where does one start when selecting the perfect flooring for their busy and active family?
To help you make the right choice for your family we compiled a list of four types of family friendly flooring you should consider. Don’t worry, style does not have to be sacrificed!
Broadloom carpet is probably the most popular of our four types of family friendly flooring.
It’s always a popular choice for busy families because it is affordable and perfect for any room in the home, especially children’s rooms and play rooms.
Although carpet is soft, comfortable and durable, some maintenance is required to keep it in pristine condition. Broadloom doesn’t stand up as well as other floors in high-traffic areas, so it is recommended mainly for low to medium traffic areas.
If regular maintenance is not something that interests you but the idea of carpet still does, consider carpet tiles. No longer just for commercial spaces, carpet tiles have become a popular alternative to broadloom over the past decade. This is due to its durability, resistance to staining and wear and tear.
The final pro of carpet tiles is that you don’t have to replace the entire floor if one area gets ruined, simply replace the individual tile. We recommend keeping a few extra carpet tiles for exactly these situations.
Laminate is another of our four types of family friendly flooring.
Laminate has all of the features of a hardwood floor with the flexibility of carpet. Plus, laminate planks can be installed just about anywhere in your home. And because it is not a natural product, it is not susceptible to the same things that natural wood floors are.
Laminate is also very resistant to scratching, staining and everyday wear, making it a great floor for families with children and pets. Everyone can live life on the floor and not have to worry about it.
Vinyl is the fastest growing flooring on the market and for good reason.
We aren’t talking about that cheap and fake looking 1970’s “wood look” either. We are talking about extremely realistic visuals of not just wood but stone, leather and more.
Vinyl is popular amongst families because it is not prone to water damage and many options are waterproof. You can get a luxurious look on any budget and not have to live in fear of your floor getting scratched and dented during play time.
For that reason, Vinyl is one of our four types of family friendly flooring.
Engineered hardwood is a great flooring option for homes with children and pets because of its protective layer. This helps prevent liquids from penetrating the floor.
Having said that, we always need to wipe up spills as quickly as possible. Another great quality of hardwood is that it is a non-porous product and does not harbour allergens, mold, mildew or bacteria.
The downside to hardwood is that it can not be installed everywhere in your home. It can also be difficult to repair damage. This flooring choice will take a little more care and attention, and it will scratch and dent a little over time as we live our busy lives.
Choosing an engineered hardwood with a hand scraped texture will provide a rustic antique appearance and will help to withstand the test of time.