A lot of things change when you have kids. You may even decide that you want to replace your current flooring with new flooring that’s better for your whole family. Express Flooring can help you explore a variety of products to make sure you choose one that meets the needs of your family’s adults and kids.
Adults: Carpet flooring has qualities that your whole family will enjoy. Adults often prefer carpet flooring because they like its:
- Comfortable feel.
- Warmth on cool nights.
- Ability to prevent allergens from floating freely in the air.
Many adults also like the aesthetic that they get from carpet. For distinctive patterns, make sure you talk to your Express Flooring representative about cut and loop carpet.
As a parent, you probably worry that your kids will destroy your carpet’s beauty. Just one cup of spilled juice can ruin a white carpet. We recommend stain-resistant carpets like Stainmaster LiveWell and Active Family.
Express Flooring also provides carpet cleaning services that can keep your carpets looking their best.
Kids: Kids love carpet because it gives them a comfortable surface to play on. If you’re going to roll around on the floor, you want carpet to protect you.
Adults: Hardwood flooring has such a beautiful, sophisticated look that most adults prefer it. Wood flooring also makes a good option because it:
- Is easy to clean and maintain.
- Is made of durable, natural materials.
- Can be refinished to remove dents, scratches, and stains.
We love hardwood flooring just as much as anyone else. Once you have kids, though, you may want to consider other options like laminate and vinyl flooring, which are even more durable.
If you really love wood flooring, though, you don’t have to replace it. We can help you choose area rugs and other products that will make your home more comfortable and safe for kids.
Kids: Wood flooring isn’t as comfortable as carpet, but just think about all of the things that kids can do with hard surfaces. With hardwood, your kids can enjoy:
- Sliding across the floor in their socks.
- Rolling toy cars faster than they possibly could on carpet.
- A stable surface for building Lego models and other projects.
In other words, many of the reasons that your kids will like hardwood are the reasons that you cringe when you think about leaving them alone with your beloved Brazilian cherry wood.
Adults: Tile flooring offers more than you might imagine. Many of today’s companies manufacture tile that looks surprisingly similar to expensive materials like marble and even wood. Other benefits of tile flooring include its:
- Easy maintenance.
Express Flooring’s professional tile and grout cleaning services make tile flooring even more appealing.
Kids: Good news, kids. Your parents won’t get too upset when you make a mess on a tile floor. Spilling juice on tile instead of carpet or wood could mean the difference between a stern talking to and getting grounded.
Adults: Laminate is a synthetic flooring product that’s affordable, durable and comes in a variety of styles. Even if you have rowdy kids who like to get into mischief, it’s unlikely that they will scratch or stain laminate flooring.
Perhaps the best thing about laminate flooring is that it looks just like the hardwood floors you love. Laminate flooring includes a layer of real hardwood underneath a protective surface. It looks like real hardwood because it contains hardwood.
Kids: Kids aren’t going to notice the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring. Truthfully, few adults will notice the difference, either. Your kids will just know that they don’t get disciplined as often when their games get out of control. Go ahead and smash your toys onto the floor. Laminate can take the abuse.
Adults: Depending on your age, you may remember a time when vinyl flooring looked terrible. People would only put it in their basements because they didn’t want visitors to see the ugly patterns and fake wood grain. That’s changed.
Today’s vinyl flooring is still inexpensive, but it looks almost exactly like real hardwood. Luxury vinyl planks cost more, but they look better. Vinyl sheets cost less and don’t look quite as terrific, but they create an impenetrable barrier that prevents liquids from reaching your subfloor.
Kids: Vinyl flooring has a bit more cushion than most flooring options, so kids tend to like it. Plus, vinyl flooring gives them the same durability as laminate flooring. From their perspective, it’s one of the best flooring options you can choose.
Tips to Keep in Mind
Keep these five factors in mind when you choose family-friendly flooring. Express Flooring can give you information about flooring products, but the final decision is yours to make.
You can typically expect to spend the most money on hardwood and stone flooring. If you want to save some money, consider buying laminate or vinyl flooring.
Carpet’s soft material makes it the safest option for families. Tile can create safety issues when it gets wet and slippery. Other flooring options fall between these extremes.
Indoor air pollution is a serious problem that can cause allergies and asthma in kids. Healthy flooring products like carpet, tile, and laminate can help you keep your home clean.
Raising kids is tough enough. Choose a flooring material that doesn’t require too much maintenance. Otherwise, you’ll either feel like you live in a dirty home or you’ll stress yourself out.
Some flooring brands are better than others. Schedule a free in-home estimate with Express Flooring to learn more about some of our favorite brands.