Making Hardwood Floors More Comfortable

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by

Many people love the look of hard flooring, such as tile and hardwood, and appreciate the style that it adds to their home. However, some home owners wish to add a little more warmth and cushion to their flooring while holding on to its aesthetic appeal. The professional staff at CMA Flooring has some quick, easy and affordable options that will surely put a spring in your step.

  • Before installing your new and affordable hardwood flooring in Carrolton, the CMA Flooring staff can underlay thick cushioning to help protect your floor from moisture, add thermal insulation, dampen sound all while making it a little easier on your joints. One of our professional installers can help you pick out the perfect soft floating (or unattached) underlayment, like foam or cork, which will cushion footfall and make walking around your home easier on your knees.
  • Have some fun with an area rug. Picking out a large area rug to cover hardwood flooring in high-traffic areas, or areas where you play with the kids, is beneficial to preserve the flooring and your feet. A rug cushion should be placed underneath your tapestry for extra no-slip support and to protect your floor from possible color transfer from the new area rug. You can purchase rug pads at retail stores such as Lowes, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel for under $10. Keep in mind that rug cushions come in many sizes and can be cut to fit the specific dimensions of your rug. But be sure to purchase a rug underlayment that is non-slip and water repellant to ensure it is long lasting and safe.
  • Heat your hardwood! Did you know that in-floor heating systems can be installed underneath your flooring? Radiant heating has been a hit with hard flooring across America because it can heat up an entire home,saving you as much as 30% on monthly heating bills! While this idea of floor heating isn’t new, we’ve come a long way from placing hot rocks on the floor. Interested buyers can pick an electric or hot water heating system which is installed beneath your hard flooring and controlled from a thermostat. The new underfloor radiant heating systems are efficient, affordable, quiet and won’t blow dust or allergens around your home like your old heater.

If hardwood is a hard sale for your new floors, consider purchasing hard flooring lookalikes such as quality vinyl flooring or plush carpeting. There are a handful of options from the comfy CushionStep from Armstrong to the Mohawk Carpet with SmartCushion memory foam cushioning. And if you’re still unsure about what flooring is best for your family call us to schedule a free in-home consultation with our top flooring contractors. We’ll discuss your budget, your family’s needs and your preferred style to come up with the most affordable flooring option for your home.