Life with children can be unpredictable. For every unforgettable moment and goodnight kiss, there are spills, dirt and stomping feet to go along with them. If you’ve always wanted hardwood flooring for your Flower Mound home, you don’t have to put it off. Today’s hardwood is tough enough to stand up to the rigors of an active family.
What to Think About
Kids are energetic, messy and always trying new things. The ideal hardwood for a family home will be able to withstand the demands of active kids while looking great for many, many years.
As you shop, your priorities should be:
- Slip resistance
- Scratch and scuff resistance
- Dent resistance
- Water and stain resistance
While not as slick as tile, hardwood can be a slip hazard for kids running across the floor. There are three things you can do to reduce the risk of slips and falls. The first is choose textured hardwood, like a distressed or hand-scraped finish. Ridges, ripples and notches let shoes and feet get some traction on the floor. Some brands advertise “kid-friendly” or “anti-skid” hardwood options that are adequately textured.
The second thing to look for is gloss level. High gloss finishes are often more slick than satin or matte. Satin floors are a good compromise of sheen and slickness. Finally, use rugs with proper anti-slip pads in high traffic areas to provide maximum traction and cushioning.
From illicit indoor roller skating to tracked in dirt, scratches are a top concern when you put hardwood in a family home. The hardwood flooring available at our Flower Mound showroom features the latest protective finishes on the market. Focus on prefinished floors with aluminum oxide coatings. Aluminum oxide is a metal powder that provides some of the strongest protective coatings available.
Once your hardwood is installed, habits and maintenance is your next line of defense. Most hardwood gets scuffed by tracked-in dirt abrading the finish.
The following changes will help keep your floors looking new:
- Establish a firm no-shoes policy in the house.
- Use tough dirt-collecting mats outside every exterior door
- Establish a regular sweeping and mopping schedule
Of course, it’s impossible to avoid every scratch and scuff. Some homeowners opt for a hand-scraped or distressed finish that helps camouflage minor wear. Lighter woods and satin finishes also help conceal the appearance of scratches.
It’s easy to laugh at ads that claim their product can withstand a bowling ball being dropped on it, but when you have kids, you never know what can happen. To see how dent-resistant your hardwood choices are, take a look at the Janka hardness scale. It ranks the hardness of every wood species. At the top of the list are incredibly durable woods like Brazilian cherry and ebony. Typical flooring hardwoods, like oak and ash, are towards the middle. Choosing a tougher wood increases your dent resistance.
Constructed with a man-made core, engineered hardwood is also a more impact-resistant option. Only a thin layer of the showy hardwood is used. Beneath the surface is a dense composite material that can withstand harder impacts than traditional hardwood. Most of today’s engineered choices are made low-VOC and formaldehyde-free, so you don’t have to worry about indoor air quality.
Don’t forget the floor’s finish. Aluminum oxide finishes are generally the most dent-resistant option available. Some brands also offer their own specialty coatings that come with extended warranties.
Water and Stain Resistance
Puddles under snow boots and spilled drinks are the biggest enemy of a quality hardwood floor. Luckily, new options are making hardwood more moisture-resistant than ever before. Many brands now offer pre-finished flooring with waterproof sealants that extend to most or all surfaces of the board. Even if liquid seeps between the planks, you have more time to mop up the spill.
For overall protection, take a look at engineered hardwood flooring for your Flower Mound home. The core material of engineered hardwood is more warp-resistant than traditional wood, and many come with water-resistant or waterproof sealants on the bottom.
Maintenance also plays a role in protecting your floors from moisture. Catch excess water with soft, water wicking mats inside exterior doors. When you clean your floors, use a spray bottle instead of a bucket to control the amount of water that touches your wood.
Shopping for Hardwood Flooring in Flower Mound
If you’re having a hard time picking your floors, have questions or just want someone to point you in the right direction, it helps to get professional advice. At Peek‘s, our flooring experts are here to help narrow your options and make a choice you’ll love. Come and visit us today to see which hardwood options will work for you.