Did you know that allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States? And, over 50 million Americans deal with some type of allergy. While you may think the great outdoors causes some of these allergens, you may overlook the one thing that all houses have — flooring. Rugs, carpets, laminate and luxury vinyl can hold thousands of allergy-causing bacteria right under your nose. If you suffer from allergies, and you want to stay comfortable in your home, check out these best hypoallergenic flooring options.
Tile floors are great for homeowners with allergies. These floors are moisture-proof, so any spills and mopping that occurs will not build up under the flooring. Due to its ability to handle moisture, it is why many people install ceramic tile in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms because they tend to have more flooding and spilling issues. Another great thing is that tile comes in a variety of colors, textures, styles and designs, so your home can not only keep you healthy but look stylish at the same time.
One of the most popular flooring options that many homeowners chose on their own is hardwood. And, the great thing about hardwood is that allergy sufferers can enjoy it as well. Hardwood flooring is free of nooks and crannies that hide pollen, dust, dander, pet fur and more. You can sweep or vacuum anything that you bring in before it causes problems. However, hardwood can cause allergy issues if it has any water damage. Bacteria, mold and mildew can grow in water-damaged areas if not taken care of right away. If you have any water damage or need your hardwood refinished, we can help you.
The best hypoallergenic wood floors are cork oak floors. It has a tight cellular structure that does not allow allergens to stay on the surface of the floor because it resists water, dust and pollen. Cork is also a very durable flooring option and can withstand a lot of foot traffic. While most cork floors come in a natural shade, there are darker and decorative hues that you can choose.
A flooring option that is hypoallergenic and similar to luxury vinyl flooring is linoleum. Natural materials that do not let off harsh fumes make up linoleum. It also does not have static cling, which creates dust bunnies. You can also find linoleum in a wide range of shades, textures and styles.
Waterproof flooring is an option that many people do not think about in general. This type of flooring is water-proof and great for humid environments. It can withstand all flooding and spills even to the point that you can dry them out and reinstall them. They also do not crack, swell or buckle, so you never have to worry about mold or mildew building up.
We want everyone to be comfortable and have the flooring of their dreams. If you need help finding and installing the right flooring in your Belleville, O’Fallon or Edwardsville home, call Valor Home Services for more details.