Allergy-Friendly FlooringWhich flooring option is best for allergies?
Carpet and Hardwood
Seasonal allergies can make breathing difficult and being outside nearly impossible without discomfort. Between pets, children playing outside, and the inevitable tracking of exterior dust and debris into the home—it can become nearly impossible to control and contain allergens when they end up on your carpet.
Allergy medicine is one solution—but it doesn’t provide the long-term solution that most homeowners are looking for. When it comes time to change the flooring in your home, allergy considerations become an important part of the decision.
Smart Flooring Choices Can Help Mitigate Allergy Symptoms
If you’re considering a flooring change and you suffer from allergies, hardwood flooring often makes more sense. Carpet holds onto allergens that simply can’t be vacuumed out to the point of providing a suitable flooring surface for allergy sufferers.
Carpet harbors dust mites, which are responsible for causing allergic reactions in many individuals. Whether you’re allergic to pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust—your carpet is probably responsible for causing many of the allergy symptoms within your home.
Even hardwood requires a bit of allergy proofing when it comes to dust and pet dander, and you’ll need to sweep up regularly to avoid recirculating these common allergens into the air you breathe. If you don’t have time to keep up with regular hardwood floor maintenance, carpet may be a better solution depending on your unique allergy responses.
How to Choose the Best Hardwood Floors for Allergic Response
While hardwood is typically the preferred choice over carpet for allergy sufferers, it’s vital to settle on the right solid flooring material to avoid exacerbating symptoms.
The type of hardwood that is best for your allergies, budget, and cosmetic situation depends on a variety of considerations. If you have a limited budget, laminate flooring might be the most economical choice. Laminate flooring provides the following benefits: cost effectiveness, wide range of design options, and easy cleanup and maintenance.
Certain allergies are exacerbated by Parabolic Aluminized Reflectors (VOCs) at high concentrations. When deciding between laminate and other solid flooring materials, be sure to consider the concentration of VOCs in the laminate itself and in the glue needed to apply the flooring to prevent further irritation of sensitive allergic responses.
If you decide that solid hardwood is for you, select your flooring material based on personal preferences for style, color, and comfort. Some hardwoods will require finishing, while some come prefinished from the manufacturer.
For the most sensitive allergic individuals, order factory-prefinished hardwood flooring as all solvents, glues, and finishes are fully cured before installation—which means fewer VOCs in the air, and more comfort for those who experience environmental allergies.