Friday, September 08, 2006

Apartments and Wood Floors

It has become very fashionable in Britain to tear out the carpet and have a fine hardwood floor fitted. No modern apartment can be seen to be without a beautiful wood floor. Some connect this trend to fears about carpets and Asthma. However, carpets do have some health benefits, most notably improved air circulation.

Regardless of the aesthetics of wood floors and regardless of the merits of wood floors vs carpet, the combination of hardwood floors and the British custom of wearing shoes at home is very bad news for people living in blocks of flats. The sound of people stomping about on a wood floor in high heels or boots can make life miserable for people living below.

If you live in an hardwood floored apartment and you have people living below, please think about your poor neighbours and take your shoes off.

2 comments:

The IBEX Scribe said...

Squeaky floor boards upstairs are more annoying than the sound of people walking on hardwood floors, at least to me. Hardwood floors simply cannot take the elements, however, and can be damaged quickly by water, especially the salt water that people track in when it is snowing outside.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

A lot of people do get very bothered by the noise of people stomping on floors above in boots or high heels.