Choosing a Pet Friendly Floor
Did you know that in the US, it’s estimated that people own between 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats? That means that more than half of US households have pets. That also means a lot of wear and tear on your furniture, flooring, rugs, curtains…you name it. Anyone who has raised a puppy or kitten knows those little teeth and claws are destructive. Our family dog one time scraped paint off the wall with his teeth and chewed a dachshund-sized hole through a baby gate. Let’s not even get into the messes he left on our brand new, pristine carpet (check out our article on picking pet-friendly carpet!)
We love our pets though; their excitement to see us makes coming home after school or work that much better. We figure out ways to deal with the messes, the mud, and the claw marks—like choosing pet friendly flooring. Let’s take a look at some options, outside of carpet:
Vinyl and Luxury Vinyl—Vinyl is very on-trend right now, especially luxury vinyl with its near endless variety. Vinyl is easy to maintain, scratch resistant, has a low allergen level and is often even waterproof! The best part? It softens the clackety-clack noise of dogs’ nails (and just about any other noise.)
Stone—If you live in a hotter climate, you might already be looking at stone flooring. Stone and tile is both cooling underfoot and easy to maintain. Pets will have a hard time putting a scratch in a stone floor, however, it isn’t the most comfortable to lie on so you might want to invest in some rugs or comfy pet beds.
Laminate—Laminate is another great alternative for pet owners. There are plenty of styles to choose from, it is also easy to maintain and is scratch resistant. The only issue some have noted is that unless you get a textured finish, your pet might slip or slide a bit more often.
Cork and Bamboo—Other options apart from traditional hardwood floors are cork and bamboo flooring. Cork flooring is an environmentally-friendly option where they remove the bark from the tree without destroying the tree. It also has anti-microbial properties and is scratch resistant. However, it will soak up spills and urine like any other hardwood, so cleaning them up quickly is essential. Nearly the same is true of bamboo flooring as of cork flooring—environmentally friendly product and scratch resistant. Bamboo flooring is also stain resistant, which helps it to stand alone among hardwood floors.
If you have your heart set on hardwood floors for your home, consider bamboo, cork, or laminate flooring. You can achieve the same look, make a great space for Fido, AND save yourself the headache of warped floors from an accident left too long.
Have some questions about the types of flooring mentioned? Call us today at 1-800-526-7847. We are here to help!