Whether you’re looking to update your current floors or making a selection for your new home or addition there are several factors to consider. One of the most important of these is to find the right material to meet your needs. While there are many different types of flooring to choose from not all of them are going to perform to your expectations. Wood, tile, carpet and vinyl all have their advantages. Below are some things to consider that may help you select the perfect floor.
By far the most important factor is children. If you have children it’s a fact they are going to make a mess but that doesn’t mean that you cannot have the flooring you want. There are many kid tested flooring products out there for you to choose from.
Wood and tile will make cleaning up after little ones a lot easier but may not be a good choice for small children learning to take their first steps.
If carpet is your choice you may want to consider a stain resistant carpet. With proper cleaning carpets promote a healthier environment and the padding is ideal for unstable walkers.
Carpet has been wrongly accused for contributing to asthma and allergies. Studies show that carpet is better at trapping allergens than hard surface, such as tile or hardwood, because carpet fibers catch particles and allergens that fall to floor. When allergens are trapped in the carpet, they cannot circulate in the air you breathe. Well-maintained carpet increases air quality; clean, dry carpet traps particles that settle through natural gravity. Proper cleaning with a vacuum approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) will collect the dirt & dust trapped in the carpet and locks it into the vacuum preventing it from exhausting it back into the air.
The Ideal Choice
Your flooring needs to reflect your lifestyle. Is your home filled with mischievous toddlers bouncing around with leaky sippy cups, dirty shoes from spring gardening or muddy paw prints from wet dogs? Vinyl flooring is the ideal flooring in kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms or any room in the house that needs an easy to clean, waterproof surface. Vinyl flooring is tuff, yet it is backed with a lengthy warranty, most provide a 20 + years of coverage some even have lifetime warranties. Vinyl flooring, also called resilient flooring, comes in many colors, textures, and patterns. And with so many different options you are sure to find the perfect style for your flooring needs.