5 Ways to Determine if Your Flooring is Going to be Family Friendly
Every day we see stunning interiors highlighted on website, in magazines and publications, or social media. These rooms, while beautiful, beg the question, what happens when someone actually lives here, namely toddlers, teenagers or Fido.
When selecting a floor covering, naturally the first step in the decision process is finding a floor you like the look of, but there are so many more details you need to research to ensure you get a floor that is right for your family too.
Here are 5 things you can look for in a floor to ensure it will stand up to even the busiest household.
Having a floor that is stain resistant is certainly an advantage for family friendly homes because we all know pets, adults and children of all ages are going to spill something eventually. When selecting a floor choose one that has stain resistant properties.
One thing to keep in mind however is that sometime in order to make a floor stain resistant some manufacturing use some pretty harsh chemicals. At smartfloorstore.com, the Torlys Smart Floors you will find, are stain resistant without compromising the indoor air health quality of your home.
One of the biggest concerns people have is about the durability of their floor – if they drop something or if they have a dog. If you can find a floor with dent resistant properties then there is just one less thing to worry about.
Making a floor dent resistant is done through the quality of the manufacturing. It involves using a higher quality top layer, or veneer, which is the part of the flooring that will be walked on. The quality of the finish also plays a big role in this. For best results look for flooring with a HDF Core.
Ease of Repair
One of the most overlooked characteristics of a new floor is the ease if repair. Of course it is wonderful if the flooring looks great when its first installed, but what happens if there is damage. Are you going to be able to recreate that look. With most flooring, the process of removing and replacing a portion fo the floor takes a lot of time and effort, and is generally not cheap. In some cases, you may need to take up and replace an entire section of flooring, even if only one or two boards are damaged.
The best way to avoid this is with a product like those available from Smartfloorstore.com, where you can find a patented Bulldog Repair tool which make repairing and replacing boards so easy.
Another often overlooked, but equally beneficial characteristic for your new floor is sound absorption. This is incredibly important especially if you live in a multi family development like a condo or townhouse and in some cities it is required.
One manufacturing method to address sound absorption is with a high quality cork backing, like the CorkPlus backing created by Torlys for Torlys Smart Floors. Not only does it eliminate the need for costly subfloors, but it also makes the floors quiet underfoot and in the rooms below.
For anyone who has ever laid down a sleeping baby, we know how pleasant it is to have a quiet house.
Last, but not least, no floor is environmentally friendly if it is going to introduce harmful odors and pollutants into your home.
Before you install a floor determine:
- Does the flooring contains any VOC’s
- Will there be off gassing and strong odors
- Do you have to use a glue to install the floor
- Will it impact the air health quality of the home
- Do the floors comply with CARB2
- Do they qualify for LEED projects
If you can’t get an answer to these questions then proceed with caution. Family friendly floors are healthy floors.