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Do You Have Kids Or Pets? Consider These Flooring Options

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When you have kids or pets living in your home, the type of flooring you have needs to be able to hold up in the heavy traffic areas. That's why it is so important to make the right choice in flooring when doing a home renovation project. There are different types of flooring that will work better than others with pets and kids, so consider these three flooring options that help you fight grime and dirt.


You cannot go wrong with selecting hardwood for your home, and with a wide variety of hardwood available, you'll be sure to find one that you like. Consider using cherry, mahogany, oak, hickory, or maple wood. Not only will they look great, but they can take the abuse of spills and scratches that will be sure to happen to the surface.

These woods will last for many years if you care for them with proper maintenance, and you can even sand and stain them in the future when you want to change the color. It can really help refresh a room in a cost-effective way after years of abuse.


There is actually a hardness scale used to rate hardwood flooring. The test is done by driving a steel ball into the wood to find out how tough it is. While bamboo is not actually a hardwood, it is tested with the same methods and rated on the same scale.

Bamboo falls into the middle of all the hardwood materials, it is a great compromise when it comes to pets and kids due to how cost effective the material is. There are tougher materials out there, but you will have to spend more money on them. Expect to spend as little as $2,500 for 500 sq ft of bamboo flooring installed in your home, while a stronger material like Brazilian cherry can cost almost twice as much by starting around $4,500.


Find yourself encountering many spills from your kids, or pets that have an accident in the house? Tile can be a great option because of how easy it is to clean liquid off the surface. Granite, ceramic, or marble all have a decorative appeal that will make your room really stand out, while having a practical purpose that will help with messes.

Think you have a good idea about the kind of flooring you want in your home? Schedule a consultation with a flooring contractor like Apex Floor Coverings to get a price quote on your favorite material.