Whether you’re doing a full remodel or just trying to spruce up a dated room, new flooring is a great way to breathe new life into your home. But when you have kids, it is important to know what flooring types will hold up best and to keep installation practices in mind.

Some flooring types can be “floated,” meaning the floor is installed without glues or fasteners. This not only saves you money, but cuts back on harmful fumes. Wood and tile tend to hold up best to excessive wear and tear. Scuffs, scratches and spills are common when there are kids in the house.

The flooring experts at UB Hardwoods are here to answer any flooring questions you may have. Here are four flooring types that perform best for families with small children:

1. Hardwood floors: Hardwoods typically hold up better to spills and stains than carpet does. And while wood floors are prone to scuffs, scrapes and dents in high traffic areas, they can be easily sanded and refinished for a fresh new look. Real hardwood has a much longer half-life than most other flooring options.

2. Engineered hardwood floors: If you’re adding new flooring to extremely high traffic area of your home – think spilled drinks, high-chair scuffs and dragged and dropped toys – then engineered hardwoods, or laminate, flooring is probably a better option. Since this flooring type is made from real wood with a veneer top, it’s more durable when it comes to spills and stains.

3.  Stone or tile floorsStone or ceramic tile are impervious to water and stain penetration, making it a great option for homes with small children. The design options are also endless since mixing and matching ceramic tile can be fun. And, ceramic tile tends to be more affordable than hardwood or laminate.

4. Linoleum floors: Flooring has come a long way since the 1950 when linoleum was in its heyday. Linoleum comes in large sheets or glue-down tiles and is relatively easy to install for the do-it-yourselfer inside us all.

Don’t set yourself up for failure. Proper research and planning will help ensure you pick the right flooring option for your lifestyle. For more information on durable, kid-friendly flooring options, call the flooring experts at UB Hardwoods today at (763) 807-4500.