Have you ever visited a friend or looked at a picture of a home filled with fragile things and white furniture and thought, “this could never be me”? First of all, that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be you. Some households are just busier and more active than others. The trick is to make design choices that work for your life rather than trying to make your life fit into an unrealistic photoshoot. Busy homes need durable floors and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Flooring Types for Busy Households
Okay, hear us out. Vinyl flooring is certainly worth considering if your home boasts a lot of traffic. Gone are the days of the 80’s vinyl floors that you may be picturing. In fact, there are many really nice, durable options available today that will give your home that polished look and stand up to your busy life. You can find vinyl flooring in a variety of styles and colors. If you want a wood look, that’s an option. If you prefer a tile, look that’s available too. Vinyl has enough water resistance to work anywhere in your home including bathrooms and mudrooms.
Since you’re still with us, let’s talk about laminate flooring as an option. It offers the same low-maintenance look as vinyl, though it is slightly less water resistant. Laminate is one of the most budget-friendly options out there today. The variety of options is endless too. Each look is achieved through photo-realistic reproduction of wood, or stone, or just about anything you can think of. Laminate has a very durable wear layer that can withstand plenty of abuse – from pets to kids and every family member in between. You can clean up spills without having to worry about scrubbing spaghetti sauce out of your grout, too.
Not all hardwood is created equal. Some species are naturally more dense than others which makes them a better fit for a high-traffic household. Hardwood floors are truly a beautiful look and, for the most part, relatively easy to care for. Oak, cherry, and hickory are all good options for more durable hardwood flooring. Strategically placed area rugs in areas with the most activity can help prevent damage. No matter what your flooring needs are we can work with you to find the best solution for your home. Give us a call or schedule an estimate directly from our website. We look forward to working with you!