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01.05.20 Advice

What Is The Best Flooring For Busy Family Homes?

Written by: Yarl Christie

Finding a flooring that can survive the everyday adventures that family life brings might feel like a mammoth challenge. As we all know, children, whether big or small, bring happiness (and mess) to your home! Add pets and hobbies into the mix and you’ve got yourself a home that’s both full and busy. You need a flooring that will stand the test of time as your family grows, one that’s easy to clean and maintain, and a floor that won’t break the bank on purchasing. We’ve given you the pros and cons of our flooring types to help you make the best decision for your family home.

What’s the Cheapest Flooring?

Flooring is a necessary expense but it doesn’t mean that you need to pay over the odds for a beautiful space for your loved ones. There are hundreds of choices for ‘cheap’ flooring so how do you know when something is a good deal or just too good to be true when it comes to price? Well, there are some fantastic brands on the market that we currently stock that offer fantastic products at our amazing prices. Luxury vinyl tiles have surged in popularity thanks to massive innovative success in their manufacturing and their great interior style. They’re a fantastic value product that hits the mark in the style stakes but doesn’t cost a fortune to buy or install. We stock Amtico, Karndean, Quick-Step Livyn and many more leading manufacturers of vinyl tile flooring all at amazing prices.

Which is The Warmest Flooring for Family Homes?

Surprisingly, engineered wood is one of the warmest flooring materials that you can choose for your home. Not only is it a stunning option for bringing wood textures and tones into your house, it retains heat and means that you can keep energy costs lower as your home feels warmer for longer. It’s fantastic at circulating heat around your property, reducing both your energy bill and your carbon footprint at the same time. Other flooring options that feel warm underfoot are vinyl flooring and solid wood floors but these both live at opposite ends of the cost scale. Solid wood flooring does retain heat but is easily the most expensive type of flooring; vinyl flooring is much cheaper.


All family homes need a floor that is going to stand the test of time as the years roll by. Choose a material that is going to give you a long lifespan for your floor- nobody wants to be constantly repairing a floor or ripping out parts that have been damaged. The best flooring for durability is arguably one that is going to give you a return on your investment or one that you can restore to new with ease. Solid wood flooring is fantastic for resanding and can be restored to new around a maximum of seven times depending on the thickness of the planks. It does mark and scratch, which might be an issue if you have pets, so the recommendation would be to choose a wood that is a harder density in high traffic areas of your home. Vinyl flooring and laminate flooring are no longer the flimsy spongy tiles of the 1970s; the luxury vinyl options are now such a good quality that most have impressive warranties of anywhere up to 20 years. They’ve been designed to take the impact of high footfall in the home and are an amazing option for kitchen and living room floors.


Family life inevitably brings mess, and mess brings cleaning. Laminate flooring is a superb option for messy family life- it’s moisture-resistant, scratch-resistant and most products are now coated and finished in stain-resistant technologies to keep your flooring looking incredible. Vinyl flooring is also at the top of the list for the easiest-to-clean floors, featuring most of the same benefits as laminate tile. Engineered wood is moisture-resistant but is not very good when it gets wet so any spills need to be cleaned as quickly as possible. Solid wood floors, whilst very beautiful, do require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking as good as possible. Solid wood does not like wet and risks becoming damp if not cleaned as soon as the mess is made. They also are prone to staining.


The best flooring for busy family homes can be any material as long as you’re committed to maintaining the flooring for the duration of its lifespan. Whichever material you choose, Stories Flooring have an amazing selection of engineered wood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, solid wood flooring and laminate flooring to suit your home.