If you have children in your home, the amount of usage of each room greatly affects the type of flooring you should choose. In bathrooms and kitchens, vinyl flooring may be the best solution. Other places like a children’s bedroom or family room may do better with carpeting. Tile can be used for rooms with heavy usage as well. Hardwood flooring can withstand quite a bit of traffic depending on the wood choice and the stain color used.
Considerations for flooring choices include:
● Room use
● Age of children
● The openness of the area and traffic pattern
● Closeness to the outside (transitional areas)
Vinyl flooring is often the best choice in areas where spills are common and where water may easily get on the floor. The investment in this type of flooring allows it to be replaced more easily than some of the more expensive flooring materials. Kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms are all good places install vinyl flooring.
Carpeting is useful, especially for younger children because it provides a bit of cushion in the case of a fall. If desired, the use of extra padding under the carpet will make it even softer. Many versions of newer carpet have stain-resistant treatments, which make it easier to clean up anything if the kids make a mess. Regular vacuuming and carpet cleaning also help keep the carpet looking new.
Tile is more durable than vinyl flooring, and many homeowners prefer its look. Most homeowners carefully consider the color selection for the tile to show less dirt over time. The great thing about tile is that it's easy to clean if the kids track in something from the outside, therefore, tile makes a good choice for a transition material to use in places between the outside and the interior spaces.
Hardwood flooring creates a pleasant look that will stand the test of time. However, some "styles" of wood flooring are more scratch resistant than others. For example, bamboo flooring, which is a renewable, environmentally-sound resource, is more scratch resistant than hardwood.
If you're worried about your child's safety with hardwood floors, keep in mind that you can protect your child and your floors by placing large area rugs. Moreover, hardwood flooring can be refinished and restored if the top layer gets damaged.
Call on the professionals from UB Hardwoods, servicing Golden Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas to learn more about the child-friendly flooring to use in different areas of your home. U.B. Hardwoods works with all types of floor coverings. Contact U.B. Hardwoods today at 763-807-4500 to get a quote.