Are you a parent who’s considering putting in new floors at home? If you’re a first-time parent, you may think the safest way to guard against your baby’s habit of tipping over is to put in the thickest pile wall-to-wall carpet money can buy.
However, if your personal style is more traditional and you love the look of elegant hardwood, but are wondering if wood floors can really stand up against push toys, scratches from high chairs and spills from sippy cups, then read on to find out what type of floor is durable, affordable, and healthier for your whole family.
But First – Things to Consider
You’ll have to consider certain things if you want to select the right floors for your home and family. First, how old are your children? If they’re quite young then you know you have a lot of wear and tear ahead of you. Just think of the many bouncing balls in the house, skateboarding down the hall, cleats, etc…
You’ll also want to think about which room or rooms you are renovating. If it’s the family room, where you and the kids will spend a majority of your time together, you will require a different type of flooring than, say, your formal dining room, which will only be used on holidays and special occasions
Finally, you will want to decide how your floors will be installed. Many homeowners with children prefer a floating floor installation, because no glue or fasteners of any kind are necessary. No glue means no harmful fumes, and no fasteners means many homeowners can install their floors themselves, saving quite a bit of money.
If you decide to have your floors professionally installed and glue is used, be sure to keep your children and pets away from the work site until the floors are in and glue has completely dried.
Why Bamboo is a Fantastic Choice for Homes with Children
Bamboo is not only very beautiful but also very durable and can stand up to scratching very well. Face it, your kids are going to be rough on the floors, but bamboo can withstand the abuse. It is also a great choice for high traffic areas of your home, like hallways, living rooms, and kitchens.
Many people assume bamboo is a hardwood, but it is actually a grass, yet found to be even harder than maple or oak. Because it is a grass, it can stand up to moisture very well and is rot resistant. Oh, and it also resists insect infestation.
If you’re like many Americans, you’re looking for ways to make your home greener and safer for your family. Installing bamboo flooring is a great way to do this. First, it is manufactured from a highly renewable source, making it one of the most eco-friendly flooring options on the market today.
Also, bamboo is very easy to maintain and doesn’t require any harsh chemicals be used to clean it. A good sweeping or vacuuming once a week, and a dry or damp mop as needed, will keep your floors as beautiful as they day they were installed.
Bamboo is one of the easiest floors to install using the floating floor method, which means homeowners can save big by putting their floors in themselves.
Bamboo gives your home the same warmth and elegance of traditional hardwood but at a fraction of the price. And you’re going to need all of those pennies to put into your “college fund” jar.
If you have any questions about installing bamboo floors in a home with children, please feel free to contact us.