Best types of floors for active families


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Choosing the right flooring for your family home is a process in understanding your needs. With spills and little footprints to keep in mind, your flooring will need to be strong and durable.

There isn’t a one size fits all flooring for every family, so we’re giving you several options to choose from. 

Here are the best floors for families who always have someone coming or going!



Hardwood flooring is the most durable choice. 

There’s little maintenance required as it’s difficult to stain or scratch. Lighter woods are less likely to collect dirt and take longer to show evidence of damage. 

If you notice signs of wear and tear, sanding can quickly fix any flaws. Engineered hardwood flooring is one of the most spill-proof choices around.

You can also benefit from hardwood flooring if you or your children have allergies — it doesn’t collect mold or mildew.



Carpet is one of the most affordable choices. However, this economical choice offers much more.

If you have little ones running around, you’ll want somewhere soft for them to land when they’re still learning balance. Unlike tile flooring, carpet isn’t hard and slippery. Accidents happen and coating your floors with carpet can prevent them.

There are many types of carpet — some are even stain- and fade-resistant. Choosing this fluffy flooring is ideal for children’s bedrooms and nurseries. It allows young children to enjoy their space safely and in style!


Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Capture the look of wood with the low-maintenance functionality of vinyl flooring.

Luxury vinyl flooring is an awesome inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring. There are several colors to choose from to create the illusion of wood flooring – with luxury vinyl planks. Warm tones make spaces look bigger — try using it in small spaces.

Despite its price, it’s still super durable, which makes it great for families with young children. It’s difficult to rip, tear or stain. 



Cork flooring is another safe and affordable option. Its soft surface will save little ones from getting hurt when they take a tumble.

Have allergies? You’ll have no problems with cork flooring because it reduces mold growth and eliminates common allergens.

These cool floors are also eco-friendly and made from a renewable resource. It’s easy to replace as well— rip out and replace tiles when they wear out.



Looking for a beautiful, yet financially viable option, try laminate flooring! You’ll get the look of beautiful hardwood without the high price tag.

If there’s a spill, it’s no problem for laminate flooring because cleaning is easy. You can use a vacuum cleaner, broom or mop to clean up any messes — no waxing required!

You should note laminate flooring becomes quite slippery when wet. Avoid putting it in rooms like the kitchen where water might end up on the floor, particularly if you have small kids



Tile flooring is perfect for smaller spaces like the bathroom. With the right touches, it makes a room feel more luxurious.

It’s simple to clean and resists moisture, mildew, scratches and stains. 

This flooring can be quite hard, so we recommend waiting until the kids grow up before using it.

About the author 

Ralph Kuehn

Ralph Kuehn is the President of Champion Floor Company in St. Louis and has been in thee flooring industry for over 35 years. He has experience with everything related to flooring, from installation to estimating and sales. He is proud to work with his 2 daughters who are also part of the flooring industry, and share his passion and knowledge of flooring with them.

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