We do many things with our health in mind, but selecting flooring is usually not one of them. Failing to think of health when choosing new flooring could be a mistake, however, as floors can be around for years to come and can impact the health of you and your family members in many ways. In fact, deciding to replace your floors may just help to improve your health starting right away.
Improve Cleanliness and Minimize Germs
Old flooring can harbor dirt, mold, germs, and debris. Replacing old flooring can remove these volatile substances from your home and the air that you and your family breathe.
Upgrading from carpet to laminate, tile, or hardwood flooring can help you to keep your home cleaner and minimize the amount of dirt and debris that remains trapped in the flooring. The type of flooring that works best may vary depending on the room that it will be used in and the regular activity within the home, with tile often being preferred for rooms or homes where the floors will be regularly exposed to moisture.
Reduce Airborne Chemical Exposure
Older flooring was often manufactured using toxic chemicals that continuously emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Replacing older flooring with new solutions gives you the opportunity to find flooring with low VOC emissions. There are a variety of options, including many different types of hardwood, vinyl tile and sheet, laminate, and linoleum that have been qualified as low emission flooring.
Provide Support and Cushion for Feet and Legs
Flooring can be hard on the feet, ankles, knees, and legs if there isn’t a lot of give. Fortunately, installing new floors allows you to choose flooring that will be nice to your feet and legs:
- Carpet is the softest flooring type, it gives when you walk on it, so it shocks your body the least
- Cork flooring is soft, spongy, and warm
- Vinyl tile or sheet is thin and can be installed over thick, soft underlayment
- Rubber flooring is springy and comfortable
- Padded linoleum flooring is plush and soft
- Laminate flooring can be installed over soft, high quality underlayment
Taking the time to figure out which flooring type will be best based on your health needs and concerns can provide you with benefits far into the future. If you’re unsure which option will be best for your home, speak to the professionals at your Altamonte Springs flooring store. They will be able to help direct you toward the healthiest flooring picks, while still considering your style preferences and budget.
Stop by Flooring Headquarters today to browse your flooring options, or call 407-262-7979 to ask about our health friendly flooring options.