When renovating or adding on to your home, the design and material choices that you make now can have a long-term impact. This is especially true for flooring materials. Proper design and material selection will allow multi-generation households as well as homeowners that wish to age in place the flexibility to enjoy their home both now and well into the future. Here are a few tips to consider as you decide on the best materials for your family and your home.
As you install new flooring in your home, transitions can be a serious tripping hazard for family members with mobility concerns. Ideally, there should be an even transition between different types of flooring materials, however, any height difference should be less than ¼ inch to reduce the chances of tripping. If your home currently has any transitions that include a step-down or sunken floors, you should attempt to remove these and level the floor, which will make your home safer and more accessible.
There are many considerations when selecting carpet in your home. Carpet provides a safer place to land if you were ever to fall, but it holds in dirt, dust, and allergens, which can be bad for those with breathing problems. If you do decide that carpet is the ideal flooring option for your home, stick to a lower pile carpet. This type of carpet is easier to maneuver on and reduces your risk of tripping. Also, make sure the contractor is using a thinner pad beneath your carpet; this will make the flooring a bit more firm and ensure the carpet is properly installed so there are no wrinkles or lumps that can become tripping hazards.
If you are looking for something that is easy to clean, a hard surface may be your best option. There are many hard surfaces to choose from including hardwoods, laminates, tile and luxury vinyl. As you select a hard surface for your home, you need to look at more than the aesthetic of the flooring option. In the case of a trip or a fall, hard surfaces aren't very forgiving, and many can be slippery, depending on the finish. Try to find a flooring option that has some traction to help prevent falls.
It is strongly advised that you avoid area rugs. Not only do they become a hassle to clean as you age, but they are also a major tripping and slipping hazard. If you are set on using an area rug, always use slip-resistant padding under the rug and anchor it properly. When it comes time to clean the rug or the surface underneath, leave this task to a professional to avoid injuries.
When you are looking to renovate or add on to your home, contact the professionals at Quality Craftsmen. As certified professional home builders and aging in place specialists, we have helped homeowners in and around the East Cobb area create living spaces to serve them now and well into the future. Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation!