Planning to have a family or having kids is something you should keep in mind when you are choosing the type of flooring for your home. Floors endure a lot of wear and tear, especially when you have kids in the household so it is helpful that you recognize the pros and cons of your flooring options.
Hardwood floors are not the best choice if you have crawling babies or toddlers because they are not comfortable and they also do not cushion falls, but they, however, are much easier to maintain than other types of flooring. Hardwood floors are easy to clean with just the regular sweeping and wiping up of any spills in order to maintain their cleanliness and good appearance. They might be chipped and scratched by children’s toys but they can also be refinished easily without the need for replacement.
If you have children who suffer from asthma or allergies, then hardwood flooring is a great choice because they do not retain mold, dust, pollen, or pet dander.
In comparison to hardwood flooring, carpeted floors are comfortable for babies and toddlers because they are soft underfoot, and they also provide a cushioning and no-slip surface for frequent baby and toddler falls. Carpets are also a natural insulator, so they reduce the noise of children’s toys being dragged across the floor.
You just have to keep in mind that having a carpet also requires a lot of upkeep. It needs to be vacuumed at least once a week (or more, depending on the household to clean up dust or dirt). It should also be deep-cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months. For children who have asthma or allergies, having carpet floor can be detrimental to their health as carpet harbours dust and allergens.
If you are into the looks of hardwood flooring but you want a rather lower cost, laminate flooring is your best bet. This type of flooring do not require much maintenance and it is also a great choice if you have children who suffer from asthma or allergies because laminate flooring does not retain dust, dirt, and animal fur. You just have to be careful when cleaning, or avoid having spills, because it is extremely slippery when wet.
Bamboo is becoming more and more popular for its durability. Bamboo, technically a grass and not a hardwood, is environment-friendly because it is quick to grow and replenish. Bamboo flooring is very hard and it is naturally stain-resistant, thus making it a great choice for families.
If you need high-quality flooring for your home that you are building for your family, then reach out to the experts of Tony’s Flooring today!