When it comes to choosing the right schools, the right sports, the right clothes, or the right dining choices for their kids, parents are usually spot on with their decisions; however, when it comes to choosing the right floors for their active children, Mom and Dad are oftentimes stumped.

Is it better to choose an expensive, long-lasting carpet versus a less expensive version? What about interlocking tiles? Are area rugs over laminate flooring the best way to go?

There are many questions and equally viable solutions. The smart choice is to choose the flooring option which best fits your family’s lifestyle. Your child’s age should enter into the decision making process. For instance, if your child is younger, you may wish to consider flooring which is easy to clean and maintain; spills which can stain carpeting will not stain laminates, cork or rubber flooring mats. These floors can withstand heavy traffic as well.

And speaking of heavy traffic areas, parents should also consider slip-resistant floors. Once again, rubber mats, cork flooring, foam and slip-resistant carpeting should be on the table when considering options. It’s important for active kids to be in a safe environment. This doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice fashion or style; your flooring specialist can advise you regarding several attractive floors in a variety of colors and designs guaranteed to suit any décor.

Parents are also interested in hypoallergenic floors. As allergies become more prevalent in the younger population, the need and demand for hypoallergenic floors has risen proportionally. Allergy-resistant flooring options are available for the concerned parent. Laminate, linoleum, cork, bamboo, concrete and rubber are all considered hypoallergenic; however, be sure to check manufacturing guidelines regarding the type of adhesives utilized in each product. Some of the different adhesives may contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can actually trigger allergies or create debilitating side effects for those individuals who may be asthmatic. Look for eco-friendly or “green” products, if possible to avert this scenario.

The bottom line is that there is no such thing as flooring which is completely impervious to damage in a home with heavy activity. That said, there are viable choices which can minimize potential damage and serve your needs in an effective, cost-conscious manner. Check with your local flooring specialist to help you make the best choice for your home and family.