Allergy Friendly Flooring
Hardwood vs. Carpet
Best Flooring for Asthma Sufferers
If someone in your home suffers from indoor allergies, you'll want to keep this in mind when renovating, especially when it's time to choose your flooring material. Some materials, such as hardwood, are much more allergy-friendly than others like carpet. Replacing textiles in your home with more allergy-friendly materials can help reduce indoor allergens by significant amounts and making life much easier on you and on those you love. Use these tips below to help you decide where to begin.
Are Hard Flooring Surfaces Better than Carpet?
Hardwood floors are gorgeous and appealing to the eye. They improve your home's resale value and are the most durable flooring materials on the market. Hardwood floors are also easy to clean and, unlike carpet, they won't harbor notorious allergens. Pet dander, mold spores, and pollen can easily be wiped away with a damp cloth, which leaves your home with cleaner air quality and your family with fewer allergy symptoms.
Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
There are two main types of hardwood flooring on today's market: solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Both are durable and attractive, but each has subtle differences that could make an impact on someone who suffers from indoor allergies.
Solid wood flooring cannot be installed in any room that's below-grade, such as a basement. It's typically constructed of single planks of wood that can be finished, stripped, and refinished over time. This type of flooring does not typically emit harmful volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that can aggravate allergies.
Engineered wood flooring is manufactured using a heat and pressure process. It's constructed of thin layers of wood that are adhered together, and it can be installed both above and below-grade. Engineered wood flooring may also contain trace amounts of formaldehyde, which is a VOC that can be irritating to those who are sensitive to it. Today's engineered hardwood floors are much safer than they used to be thanks to heavier regulations. Green alternatives are also available, which are formaldehyde-free. Engineered wood cannot be stripped and refinished over and over again; although, once or twice could be possible depending upon the brand.
If you're in the market for new flooring, and you have a family member with allergies, be sure to check out the many attractive options that hardwood provides. Easy maintenance, long-lasting appeal, and a great Return On Investment (ROI) are only a few reasons to consider replacing your existing floors with solid or engineered hardwood.
To learn more about Allergy-Friendly Flooring, contact Modern Carpet One Floor & Home, or visit our showrooms in Annapolis, Lanham, and Temple Hills, MD.