There’s a lot to consider when picking a floor for your family. With kids around, your floors have to be tough enough to stand up to rough-and-tumble play and the occasional overturned sippy cup. However, it’s also important that your flooring be safe for your family in the long-term. That’s why more Southlake parents are asking about flooring types that don’t harbor dust, allergens, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
If you’re on the hunt for flooring that’s strong yet safe, here are our top four kid-friendly suggestions.
Traditional hardwood floors are always a good bet when it comes to safety – wood is a natural material, so hardwood floors are relatively free of harmful chemicals. And unlike carpet, hardwoods don’t harbor dust and allergens. However, some wood flooring types are tougher than others, so it’s important to ask about durability and maintenance when choosing hardwoods that will be around kids. Oak, Australian Cypress, and Brazilian Cherry are some of the toughest wood options out there, so those three are a good place to start.
While technically a grass, bamboo flooring has many of the same positive qualities as hardwoods. It’s incredibly strong and durable, and as an added plus, it’s stain resistant (so a grape juice spill won’t be the end of the world). Bamboo is also a renewable natural resource, meaning it’s safe for your kids and better for the environment.
Cork flooring has a unique look and plenty of benefits. If you want the softness of carpet but not the accompanying dirt and allergens, cork is easy on the feet while being antistatic, antimicrobial, and resistant to mold. If sealed properly, it will also repel stains. Impressive, right? The only downside to cork is that its soft surface is easily damaged or scratched. Solve this issue by using cork tiles, so that you can simply replace them as necessary.
Laminate flooring is a budget-friendly alternative to hardwoods. With so many patterns and colors to choose from, you can get just about any look you want without a hefty price tag. And like hardwoods, laminate repels dirt, dust, pollen, and animal hair, making it ideal for children with allergies. Its smooth, sealed surface is also very easy to clean – the occasional vacuum or mop is all it takes to keep a laminate floor looking like new.
Hopefully this list has helped guide you to the best flooring option for your family. If you need more information or want to schedule your next project, give Floor Coverings International Southlake a call today!
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