Moving into a new home, building a custom home, or merely opting to do some upgrades on your existing home, leaves you a plethora of options. But when you are considering what kind of flooring is ideal for your needs, don’t forget to factor in pets. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to expound on the different flooring options you have and how they are impacted by the pets.
Best Waterproof Flooring & Worst Floors for Pets
Bamboo Flooring: For many different reasons, bamboo is an optimal option for homes with pets. Its surface is among the hardest of hardwood flooring, allowing it to handle foot and paw traffic; bamboo doesn’t wear out and is fully renewable. With its stain resistance, pet owners prefer this flooring to avoid reoccurring pet stains and odors.
Carpets: Carpets are probably considered the worst options if you are only looking for the perfect floor for pets. The damage they cause is excessive, expediting the wear and tear from snagging nails in the carpet, constantly depositing dirt and dander onto the carpet as well as the accident stains and odors from time to time.
Cork Floors: Cork is not only good for the pets, the people as well. It is an antimicrobial type of flooring that will reduce the growth of mold and other allergens. Though cork floors should be swept regularly to prevent scratching, it is scratch resistant. It is an excellent sound absorption option, keeping the pets walking across the floor to not be as loud.
Hardwood Flooring: Despite the upgrade status hardwood floors and the allure it carries, hardwood floors are not very pet friendly. Any urine can absorb into the wood, leave dark stains, terrible odors, and lead to damage like warp and wood rot. Leaving the water bowl is not ideal for the same situation minus the odor, but as they lap up water it can cause the water damage urine does. If the pets’ nails are long, they will scratch and scuff the surface. However, if you are dead set on hardwood floor despite our furry friends, invest in quality throw rugs, high quality urethane coating to strengthen the scratch resistance and opt for solid hardwood flooring as they have more give when it comes to repair and refinishing options if your pet does mar the surface.
Laminate Flooring: If the hardwood flooring is appealing, but you still want something more pet friendly, the hardness of laminate flooring, pet owners may turn to it instead of traditional hardwood. However, laminate may provide the décor you want but your pets, especially dogs will find it a challenge to walk or run through the home as they slip and slide. This will cause their hips to move in unnatural ways, which may cause damage to their bodies. You can opt to have your laminate floor with an embossed or textured finish. Laminate won’t show scratches as easily as some other surfaces, however, they are slippery and uncomfortable to lie on; lay rugs to increase comfort and avoid your pet from slipping.
Stone Tile Flooring: Stone tile is an amazing selection for pet owners because it does not scratch easily, and scratches don’t show as they do in other types of flooring. There is much less reason to worry over how this will impact the condition of the flooring when pets have accidents on the stone tile floor. However, as with any hard surface flooring, using area rugs and pet beds will alleviate most of the discomfort. Consider, granite as it is the hardest of the natural stones and is the best choice for scratch resistance. Marble, slate, travertine, and other soft stones are easier for your pets to scratch and require more maintenance.
Tile & Grout Floors: Just as the natural stone tile can be optimal with pets in mind, the ceramic and porcelain tile is a good choice in terms of wear and tear for pets; not easily scratched. If pets have an accident, the urine won’t damage the condition of the floor as it would with hardwood. Rugs are still a comforting choice.
Vinyl Flooring: The new luxury vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for pets; offering scratch and stain resistant, low in allergens, easy to clean and maintain, and even quiet to walk on.