Posted on: 20 May 2019
Households with children need flooring that is hard wearing, can withstand spills and is easy to clean. And on top of this, it needs to be stylish. Here are some options that don't collect dust and pet hair, can be easily swept and will also enhance your new home.
Attractive Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is an excellent option for children — particularly older ones, as it is not a soft floor for toddlers to fall on. Attractive and functional, it is durable, can withstand heavy traffic and is easy to clean. While gravel and high heels can leave imprints on its surface, re-sanding is always possible down the track to recreate the original smooth surface. In any case, a weathered timber look can add to the warmth and charm of the floor; this is not the type of surface that needs to be pristine to look attractive. Another benefit is that the wood grains tend to hide scratches and marks that playing children can cause. Timber doesn't collect dirt or fur and is easily cleaned using a broom and mop.
Easy Laminate Flooring
If you admire the look of hardwood but are after a more economical option, laminate might be the answer. The compressed veneers or high-density fibreboards look like solid timber, but they don't require the same degree of maintenance. No sanding, waxing or polishing is necessary. Accidental messes are also easily wiped up because of its protective overlay, but to be on the safe side, take care to do this as soon as possible after the spill.
Laminate is easy to install for your home builders. It doesn't need nailing or gluing to a subfloor, but instead, you typically click and lock the planks together on top of the existing floor. It is available in a range of colours and grains and can even mimic ceramic, giving you the chance to match the flooring to your decor.
Convenient Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring provides another versatile but hardy child-friendly option that is moisture resistant and easy to wash. This flooring is difficult to rip or tear, and it withstands the most rough-and-tumble treatment. It doesn't crack if impacted, and it is resilient with the ability to expand. Vinyl floors also provide a softer surface than hardwood, which is handy in the case of accidental falls and rough play. Vinyl is available in a comprehensive range of colours and styles, and it can replicate the look of ceramic, hardwood and stone to offer abundant design choice. Similarly to laminate, installation is straightforward. As well, this non-porous flooring mostly resists stains and the growth of bacteria.Share