Kids and hardwood flooring can be a daunting combo when thinking about your next flooring project. Families need a floor to withstand all of the wrestling matches, hundreds of toys, and daily messes. We know Lakeway homeowners love the beautiful style hardwood flooring brings into your home, but may have concerns over your investment holding up to your busy, energetic family. While family always comes first, there is no need to compromise the two.
Durability and Graining
Perhaps the first aspect to consider while you are shopping for your next hardwood flooring is its durability. Your flooring is less likely to suffer from dents and scratches if it is more durable. The Janka Rating is a tool used to measure the hardness of different wood species. The higher the rating and hardness of the wood, the more durable the flooring.
If imperfections do arise, hardwood species with stronger graining hide them better. White oak and hickory are great examples. There are more variations in texture and tone, which distract and disguise the eye from possible blemishes. In a similar vein, you can choose hardwood distressed by hand (by professionals, not children) giving it a reclaimed, vintage and trendy look. Dings, scratches, and dents will blend right in.
Light and Matte
Your first instinct for floor tone may be darker. The darker the tone the less the mess shows up, right? It is actually the opposite – lighter colored hardwoods are ideal for the wear and tear of children. Unruly dust, dirt, and scratches are less visible on lighter tones compared to dark tones where an imperfection will blatantly stand out. Stray away from the ultra-high glossy finish for your hardwood flooring. Maintaining the added shiny alongside spills and messes is an extra weekly chore. Instead, opt for a matte finish for ease in maintenance and blemish disguise. Maple, hickory, or white oak hardwoods have a higher Janka rating and are great light hardwood flooring options for Lakeway families.
Laminate flooring is another great choice if you want the look of hardwoods with less maintenance. It is super easy to clean up all of your children’s spills and requires no refinishing or resurfacing. While it may not be as durable as some of the stronger hardwoods, we want to share all of your options to find the best fit for your family.
Bring Hardwood Flooring to you Family today!
The experts at Floor Coverings International Lakeway are here to help you feel informed and comfortable before starting your kid friendly hardwood flooring project. If you have questions or want more information, give us a call and schedule a free in-home consultation with our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the greater Lakeway, Bee Cave, Steiner Ranch, and Dripping Springs area.
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