Durable flooring for high traffic in OttawaWhen you have kids, pets, and heavy foot traffic running through your Ottawa home, the last thing you want to worry about is your flooring. You need something durable that will stand up to the heavy traffic, without compromising on style.

Here are our top picks for flooring in busy households!

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a classic, and for good reason. It’s easy to maintain, durable, and stylish. Not all hardwood species are created equal, however, and there are some important things to consider when installing hardwoods in high traffic areas.

The Janka hardness scale is a great resource when shopping for hardwood flooring. A high rating means the wood is harder, and thus more resilient to scratches, dents and other damage. Red oak falls toward the middle of the scale at 1290. White oak and sugar maple are also good options. Avoid soft woods such as pine or fir.


Carpet may not be the first thing that comes to mind for durable flooring, but there are some great options that will combine the comfort of carpet with the durability you need. Carpet tiles, for example, are a fun option for bedrooms, playrooms or basements. They bring some personality to a space and are easily repaired should a tile become stained or damaged.

Some carpet styles are better suited to active households as well. Berber carpet is known for its longevity with a short loop pile construction that holds up well to traffic and hides dirt and debris. Frieze carpet is also popular for families. It is sometimes called the “modern shag” and will look great under heavy traffic while providing a soft, comfortable surface for roughhousing kids and pets.


The look and quality of laminate flooring has improved over the years, and this is a popular and affordable option for busy homes. This is a great way to get the look of hardwood at a fraction of the cost. It is also super tough, and will easily stand up to high traffic. It’s easy to clean with regular vacuuming and a damp mop, and it can often be installed where traditional hardwoods cannot, such as a basement or laundry room.

If you’re looking for flooring that can stand up to your busy family, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East. We’ll bring samples to you in our mobile showroom to help you find the perfect hardwood, carpet or laminate for your home!

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