Most of us have walked on flooring, perhaps at a friend’s house, at work or while on vacation, that left our feet and knees sore later. Perhaps your customers come in frequently telling you their joints hurt from standing or walking on their hard tile or hardwood floors. That’s because certain types of flooring are murder on the feet, legs and knees. Surfaces like ceramic tile can actually harm your joints because they are hard and unforgiving.
Carpeting — which offers a cushion that joints love — may not be a feasible option for many of your customers due to foot traffic, room design or the potential for it to get damaged from water such as a kitchen or finished basement. In that case, they will need to resort to another type of flooring such as hardwood or tile. Those choices can stress the joints, plus they can be cold on the feet in the cooler months. Let’s take a look at some good choices when it comes to flooring that lowers the stress put on the bones:
Cork is a form of wood but it’s much softer than its hardwood counterpart. While still durable, it’s also resilient with some “give” to it that’s refreshing for the feet. Staining occurs easily on this material, though, so homeowners must be diligent in mopping up spills immediately. However, cork is an eco-friendly product that provides much more cushion than other wood varieties, making it a nice suggestion to give your customers.
Speaking of eco-friendly, bamboo is a renewable resource that grows in the wild (it’s actually a grass) very quickly. It also happens to be soft and provides a pleasant surface on which to sit, stand and walk.
People automatically refer to linoleum and vinyl flooring as one and the same but that are actually two different materials. Linoleum is easy on the environment and is made of renewable materials, plus it provides support for the joints due to the material itself as well as a cloth or canvas backing added for comfort. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is a plastic flooring material that doesn’t provide as much relief for the joints.
These types of flooring materials are better choices over hard tile and ceramic because they’re a tad softer and aren’t as cold underfoot. If your clients are on a budget, go with laminate over authentic hardwood for a slightly softer feel.
If your customers can’t part with the aesthetics of tile or they have no other options, you can always suggest area rugs and mats placed strategically throughout the home — particularly where people stand for long periods of time such as at the kitchen sink. These items can cushion the hard feel of flooring so that joints don’t get sore over time.
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