Homes are for living in – we don’t all have the ability to live in a show-home type environment, no matter how much we clean and chase after the kids! So, with everything life throws at you, it throws even more at the flooring in your home!
Whether its spillages, stains, water-based accidents, muddy paws or muddy boots, the kids running around or your partner leaving their stinky socks to fester on the carpet, one thing is certain – you need family proof flooring and it needs to be as durable as you are!
Family proof flooring
So which flooring is best suited to you and your home? Certain rooms require certain types of flooring – but where to start? And don’t forget the underlay!
Hard working laminate in the living room
So, what about your living areas? The living room is the epicentre of all activity in your home so your flooring needs to be strong and durable. Laminate is an obvious choice and has many benefits for families including a durable scratch resistant layer. This layer is up to ten times more resistant to micro scratches – ensuring your flooring will withstand whatever your family throws at it!
In the unlikely event that your floor does get damaged, it is easy enough to replace just one of the boards. Remember, if you’re using laminate underlay you get the added extra of cushioning underfoot as well as soundproofing – so you don’t need to worry about the floor adding to the racket!
Laminates are also water resistant and can endure even the most gut-wrenching of spills – like red wine and pet urine! All you have to do is mop!
Carpets in the bedrooms
Everyone wants a comfortable and plush bedroom. It’s your escape after a busy day. Installing a carpet could be the first step in transforming your bedroom into the relaxing boudoir you always wanted.
In addition, nothing beats the feeling of carpet underfoot. Carpet is quieter than many other flooring options, provides excellent insulation, and can add a certain softness to a room – making it a great option for those with young families.
A carpet also needs to be robust enough to resist the many challenges of life. If you have pets it’s worth considering a cut pile as pet claws can create pulls on loop pile carpets. Look for carpets with stain resistant qualities so you can enjoy life without worrying about the unavoidable spills and messes of daily life.
Tiles in the bathroom
Tiles are the obvious choice for the bathroom. Easy to clean and maintain, tiles can withstand cascades of water from your children in the bath, as well as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste spillages. You’ve got a whole house to keep on top of, so it’s worthwhile making one of the rooms easy to maintain!
It’s now also possible to purchase slip-resistant flooring tiles. These are ideal if you have young children who are always in a rush! Or if you’re living with an elderly relative who’s not always steady on their feet.