As beautiful and classic as Concord hardwood floors are, they can unfortunately be hard on the body. This is especially true for people who have issues with their ankles or knees. Luckily there are ways around this. By following these simple tips you can lessen the impact on your joints while still enjoying the beauty of your hardwood floors.

Area Rugs

One joint-saving method is to get some soft rugs to put in certain places in your home. Covering up hardwood floors with area rugs might make some hardwood super fans cringe. Don’t worry! It’s not only a common design technique, but also a way to soften your landing. Rugs are especially helpful in areas of high traffic where you tend to walk or stand the most, such as hallways or the kitchen. If the rug doesn’t have rubber gripping on the bottom, make sure to get underlays to keep from slipping.

Indoor ShoesSlippers on hardwood

Having a pair of shoes exclusively for indoor use is another good way to help your body absorb the shock of your hardwood floors. There are many options for different style and comfort preferences. For those who have perpetually cold feet, slippers with cushioned soles and rubber grips on the bottom are a good choice. On the other hand, some people don’t like slippers because they don’t provide enough air circulation during those hot California days. If that’s the case, sandals or other slip-on shoes with arch support work great.

Hardwood Alternatives

If the previous methods just aren’t doing enough to soften the impact between your body and your floors, you might want to look into some hardwood flooring alternatives. Cork is one of the best options on the market. It’s eco-friendly, absorbs sound, and has much more bounce and give. With cork flooring you can have the warm, natural look of wood without the painful wear on your body.

If your floors are giving you pains (literally), there are ways to get around this without sacrificing the luxury of having hardwood flooring. Trust your local experts at Floor Coverings International Concord with all your flooring needs. Call us today!

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