Family-friendly flooring options

By Joanne Loos Posted in: ImproveThe Fix is In

I have to confess, I have become one of those crazy people who goes straight from Halloween to Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving. However, I like to think of it as part of the overall holiday season, rather than as something that stands alone. By Nov. 1, I have already started busting out the holiday décor and watching my favorite Christmas movies.

While decorations and movies help set the scene, the importance of family and the reminder to hold onto these memories remains at the forefront. I have always been a planner, someone who looks ahead 5, 10, 20 years, and as such am constantly capturing photos, videos and mental notes of my kids running around with smiles on their faces, basking in the simplest of pleasures.

The ability to run around safely inside any home should be a non-negotiable for all families. Family-friendly flooring, as such, should also be easy to clean and low maintenance. If you are in the market for family-friendly flooring that fits your lifestyle, consider some of these options:

CARPET

Little ones need something soft underfoot for crawling (and falling). Pets and other family members will also appreciate the traction and non-slip surface they provide. Many homeowners shy away from carpet for reasons like its propensity to mold/mildew in humid areas or difficulty cleaning. However, many options for high-traffic carpet tiles have anti-microbial elements in their backing, which resist mold/mildew. The high-traffic piling makes them easy to clean, and, if you stain an area, you can simply replace that tile.

PORCELAIN

These tiles come in an endless array of patterns and colors, so they fit right in to your existing décor. “Porcelain requires no sealing, can be cleaned with a wide range of cleaning products, and has non-slip finishes available,” said Layla Dedrick of Bella Pietra. “Porcelain tile can also be used outdoors. We have a particular brand that is made to hold up outside in the sun, rain and around pools.”

VINYL PLANK

Giving you the look of wood and the water resistance of vinyl, this flooring offers more traction than laminate at a fraction of the price of hardwood. Because of its water resistance, you can use it in places like kitchens and baths. However, keep in mind that it is not immune to damages. You must still sweep regularly and avoid harsh chemical cleaners.

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