Hardwood Flooring in Active Environments
Children? Pets? Lots of visitors? There is no need to compromise the look of your home because you lead an active lifestyle. Flooring should be practical and beautiful. This is something that wood flooring can do for you. Wood flooring is an excellent addition to any home. It can bring a sophistication that works with both traditional and modern styles.
Laminate flooring is the recommended wood flooring choice for an active household. Laminate flooring is available in a wide variety of styles and colours. It is more resistant to scratches and dents than hardwood. This type of flooring is also easier to maintain, which makes it very suitable for an active environment. The protective layer on laminate floors can easily be wiped clean. This layer also means that laminate flooring is resistant to sunlight, unlike engineered and solid wood flooring which are both photosensitive and may fade or darken in the presence of sunlight. Laminate flooring’s durability and ease of maintenance, make it very suitable for an active environment.
There may be concern about water damage to your floor. This is a hazard to any type of wood floor. However, here at Mulveys, our Aqua+ range comes to the rescue. Our laminate flooring with Aqua+ technology provides a water-resistant flooring solution that is up to five times more resistant to water swelling than a standard laminate and offers a lifetime guarantee in residential applications. This type of wood flooring would provide your home with the extra protection it may need from spills, stains, and water damage, whilst providing all the other benefits of laminate flooring. To sum it all up, our Aqua+ laminate flooring is our stand-out recommendation for active environments.
Engineered wood is able to withstand changes in moisture and temperature better than solid wood flooring as it allows for some expansion and contraction. While it may be easier to maintain and is more durable than solid wood, engineered wood flooring is not recommended for areas exposed to lots of moisture, such as a bathroom. It can be used in an active environment but may need some extra care and attention that would not be necessary for a laminate floor.
Solid wood flooring while possible, is not recommended for high-activity environments. Solid wood floors require maintenance in order to keep their appearance. This type of floor is prone to warping and discolouration if it is not looked after properly. With an active household, it may not be easy to give your floor the kind of care and attention that it needs.
To conclude, any type of wood floor can be installed in an active environment, however, our recommendation would be laminate flooring, specifically from our Aqua+ range which gives your home extra protection from any spills.