Family life can prove at times to be quite challenging, not only for you, but also for your house. More people means more activity and therefore your house can become quite tired – the flooring is one of the best examples of this. Your floor needs to be ready for this bit of extra traffic. For this reason you need to choose the floor that is most suitable to family life. So let’s take a look at which floors are the most family friendly!
Engineered Wood Flooring
This floor has everything we love on a wood floor, including its class and amazing looks, but it is more practical. Engineered wood for example can be installed with underfloor heating and is much more resistant to possible spillages, since all its layers except the top one are synthetic. Therefore, provided you remove the spillage quickly, there wont be any staining left behind. In addition, it is quite hardwearing, which means that no matter how much your little ones run and play on the floor, this one won’t get a scratch!
Engineered also has the advantage of being quite easy to maintain and clean, which is great when you have small kids and want to keep the house as hygienic as possible. So, you don’t need to worry about cleaning engineered wood flooring; you just need to regularly sweep and mop with a damp cloth and your floor will be as fresh as the first day!
Laminate flooring can be considered an alternative to engineered wood flooring if that goes too much over your budget. Laminate works similarly to engineered wood, since it imitates wood, but while engineered has its top layer made of real wood, laminate is totally man made. Even the top layer that looks like wood is actually a printed picture, hence the fact is cheaper. Laminate is also quite hardwearing and resistant to scratches and spillages, and is also suitable with underfloor heating.
Vinyl Tiles Flooring
This is the cheapest flooring on the market. Vinyl is made of PVC, but this doesn’t mean that it loses aesthetically; vinyl tiles can imitate stone and wood in any colour, shade and design. It is also able to handle scratches so it is perfect for family homes with heavy footfall. Vinyl is very versatile, not only for its wide range of designs, but also because it can be installed everywhere – even in kitchens and bathrooms. Water is not a problem since it is totally impervious to water. Finally, vinyl is a very hygienic floor choice and is perfect for people who suffer from allergies because it doesn’t collect dust and other allergens like a carpet for instance would do.
So there you have it – three floors that are perfect when you have a family. We hope it helps, but of course the ultimate choice is yours and whichever you like better for your place!
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