Continuing our common misconceptions series. Another thing we hear all the time: "I have small children. I don't want hardwood floors". We think that maybe these folks are imagining children falling down and carpet somehow being softer. We'll refrain from singing "My Old Kentucky Home'...but we're pretty sure the young folks on the floor weren't rolling on wall to wall carpet. BUT there are a couple of things to consider with this misconception.
1. Carpet is actually not that soft. If you think about average carpeting it's a thin layer of pile on top of 1/4 to 1/2 inch of carpet pad on top of subfloor. This "padding" does not hold weight well and while it might soften the blow slightly, it's not going to stop you from breaking a bone or having a bruise if you or your child falls down.
2. We joked on our instagram page last month that potty training is even less fun with carpet, but it's true. Carpet absorbs every sippy cup spill, craft time accident, and naked toddler run urine incident (we cannot be the only family with a toddler who would really just prefer to be nude!). With hardwood you can just wipe those spills up. Remember from our last blog that moisture isn't wood's friend so you'll want to clean up quickly, but you won't have to haul out a steam cleaner and forever suffer an ugly stain.
3. Speaking of toddlers...ours is sort of obsessed with matchbox cars. He gets very frustrated in the playroom our third floor that still has carpet. He much prefers to play downstairs where his cars are free to roll across the room. This is true of hot wheels, Barbie corvettes, fancy Wheely Bug ladybug ride on toys, and all manner of other things you're sure to trip over in the middle of the night no matter what kind of floor you have in your house.
4. Let's focus more on toddlers (seriously, have you ever had a toddler? They're basically walking messes). If your toddler destroys your carpet there's not much to be done. You can only rip it up and replace it. With wood floors you can do a simple screening and recoat or even refinishing of the hardwood. Voila. Good as new.
Look, the bottom line is that little kids are going to fall down, make messes, and cause mayhem in general. It's what they do. Why not pick a floor that lasts forever? It's really your best bet. Call us today to get your forever floor looking just like you imagined.