So, what is the best flooring for a busy family? Parenthood comes with many trials and challenges, one of them is keeping on top of all the housework! Cleaning is something that’s always nagging at us, but what if we told you that there are flooring choices that can help make your life easier? Many of us think that we can’t have both practicality and good looks, but in the modern flooring world, there’s no reason you can’t have both.

With all the wonders of modern technology, flooring has massively benefitted from it too. From water and stain proof luxury vinyl tiles to stylish real wood, there’s something for everyone. Your flooring will come into contact with lots of footfall and heavy domestic use over the years, so let’s dive in and take a look at some of the best options for you! 

Laminate & Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Anyone who has laminate or LVT in their home will know that they have an array of practical benefits, so you’ll nearly always find them in at least one room in the home. Both laminate and LVT are constructed in a way that makes them a breeze to clean and being a busy family home we know that spillages are a common occurrence with kids, especially at tea time! The last thing you want is to be constantly sweeping, hoovering and mopping! Additionally, you don’t need any specialist floor cleaners with these two, warm soapy water will do.  

The wood effect floor tiles bring some authenticity into your home too, what's not to love? Perhaps the most useful benefit of these two flooring options is that they are resistant to stains, water and scratches making them perfect for rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom that see high exposure to these! Once more, they are both anti-slip which is a huge bonus when you have little ones running around after bath time. This also gives them a soft landing, so perfect for when your kids are playing and take those inevitable tumbles.

Under-floor heating is something that has grown in popularity significantly in recent years, even though it’s been around since ancient times! With more and more of us having it in our homes, the flooring world needs to keep up with these demands. The good news is that laminate and LVT are both compatible with under-floor heating, which will add that extra comfort and warmth for you and your little ones!

When we buy a new floor, we want to be secure in the knowledge that it’ll last. Luckily, both laminate and LVT are very durable and will last for many years without showing wear - perfect for homes with lots of footfall and heavy domestic use.

Nest Golden Herringbone SPC VinylNest Golden Herringbone SPC Vinyl

Nest 8mm Pale Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring Nest 8mm Pale Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring

Solid & Engineered Wood

There’s no question that wood flooring is very desirable and will add class and sophistication to your home. If you’re looking to impress, then there’s no better way than the authentic beauty of real and engineered wood flooring. Although it might look fabulous, it's not necessarily the best option for a busy family home. Wood flooring does come at a high price and we know when you have a family you need to budget - you really do pay for luxury! The other thing to consider is that wood flooring is no good when it comes into contact with water and can scratch and stain. As discussed before, spillages and scratches are a common occurrence in family households and this along with paying a lot of money for your flooring, it’s certainly something to think about!

Although real wood is susceptible to stains, scratches and water damage there is a way to eradicate it.  You can sand it down and refinish it a number of times depending on wear layer and thickness, but shouldn’t normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years. This along with its already incredibly long life span makes hardwood flooring indestructible! 

Thorpe Oak HerringboneThorpe Oak Herringbone

Painswick Musk Walnut

Like anything, it’s all down to your personal preference. If you’re prepared for a little more maintenance and want your interior to really pop, solid oak flooring and engineered oak flooring are a fantastic choice. If you just want something that’s easy to maintain with no extra stress, then LVT and laminate are your best options.

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