Choosing flooring for a home is one of the easiest ways to update or change its look. However, when it comes to kids and elderly, there are some considerations that need to be made when selecting the right flooring for their comfort and safety. In this blog post, we will cover what you should be looking out for in these two different groups as well as recommendations on what type of flooring would work best.
For starters, sound can be an issue for any home but noise reduction can be necessary when your children are having their naps. To keep the noise in your home at bay, this can be fixed with some careful consideration of flooring products that come with sound absorption properties. The right choice of sound-absorbing flooring can make all the difference in your home’s acoustics while still achieving the desired look you want for your abode.
For your child’s playroom, choosing a more hard-wearing flooring from the start is a great way to allow your kid to play indoors while giving you peace of mind. High scratch resistance can protect against unsightly marks and offer a comfortable place for your kid to take out his toys to play. That way, you won’t have to worry about costly repair work or replacements as the right type of flooring can stand the test of time beyond your child’s younger years.
To promote healthy ageing for the elderly in your home, it is first crucial to enhance the safety of your home to eliminate risk of injuries. If your primary concern is fall prevention, your house flooring must be non-slip to cater to the needs of ageing parents. Take into account how they will need a slip-resistant surface that can support them as they get up from the chair and walk around in high traffic areas like the living room and hallway. With that in mind, do your research beforehand and confirm if your choice of flooring is senior-friendly for your loved ones.
Some may consider carpeting in terms of safety yet overlook that these fibres can accumulate dust and dirt. In the absence of regular cleaning and maintenance, this may not be the most ideal for elderly with respiratory problems. Ultimately, choosing a durable flooring over carpeting can allow the elderly to move comfortably, independently and most importantly, safely on their own at home.
With that being said, did you know your choice of flooring can also contribute to the indoor air you breathe? Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) can be found in home products such as paint and flooring, and may not be good for people with asthma or other chronic health problems.
Combined with the use of safe non-toxic materials throughout its production, you may prefer low VOC and phthalate-free flooring for the health of your family. By first being aware of the manufacturing of your floors, you can better limit the exposure to VOCs and be more certain of the home environment where your elderly parents will grow old in.
Looking for a flooring product with all the above features? Eco Protect Resilient Flooring (EPRF) remains one of the best options worth considering when it comes to safety and practicality for homes in Singapore. In fact, here at The Floor Gallery, we usually recommend our Eco Protect Resilient Flooring if you have young children or elderly in your family.
This low VOC vinyl flooring not only has a built-in softer layer on top of its core to cushion the impact of falls, but it is also comfortable underfoot for both kids and elderly. If you’re on the search for safe and durable floors, this is the one for you. Get in touch with us today for more information.