There’s nothing like having a furry companion to cuddle with at the end of the day, but pets can make finding the right flooring option for your home tricky.
Whether you have a cat or a dog, nothing quite compares to the joy a pet brings into a family. But, as much as you love your pet, there’s no denying that any pet can be hard on the flooring in your home. The bottom line is that some flooring options are better suited to stand up to the abuses of our pets than others. When the time comes to replace your home’s flooring, it behooves you to choose a pet-friendly option that will last. Here is a list from our flooring contractors in New Jersey of some of the best flooring options for people with pets.
Vinyl can be made to look convincingly like flooring options that are higher end and more expensive, like stone or hardwood. And, one of the biggest reasons why pet owners will love vinyl flooring is that it isn’t easily damaged by accidents or spills, as it is almost always waterproof or, at the very least, water resistant. Vinyl flooring is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain, and it’s budget-friendly! Vinyl is soft under your feet, which will take pressure off of your sore back and feet, and also give your pet a comfortable place to walk and lounge. Unlike with hardwood flooring, vinyl gives your pet plenty of grip, so they’ll be less slipping and sliding on the flooring. Plus, your pet will love to stretch out on the cool, vinyl floor after a long walk.
Tile flooring is a stunning flooring option that offers just as much functionality for your home as it does beauty. With proper grouting, tile is completely impervious to water, so any spills from the water bowl or accidents can be cleaned up easily and without a fuss. Plus, tile is completely scratch proof, and with tile, you won’t have to worry about those clicking claws scratching up your new floors. There is one downside to tile for pets, though. It can be tricky for them to gain the traction they need not to slip, especially when tile gets wet and slippery. You can help your pet get a better grip easily by simply laying tile with wider grout lines.
If you have a younger pet, and you’re still potty training them, laminate might not be the ideal flooring option for your needs. That’s because laminate isn’t typically designed to resist moisture, but there are certain laminate brands that offer better resistance to moisture that may work for you. Where laminate really stands out for people with pets is in its ability to resist scratches. Laminate is one of the best options in terms of scratch resistance, but keep in mind that laminate comes with different Abrasion Class Ratings. If you have a dog, you’ll want to choose AC 3 laminate flooring. Laminate can also help to muffle the “click, click, clicks” of prancing paws; just make sure to purchase a thicker laminate option to accomplish this goal.
Carpeting has a reputation for being the worst flooring option for households with pets, but new carpeting options from some of the top manufacturers in the industry, like Mohawk, are now designed with pets in mind. For instance, SmartStrand® carpet by Mohawk comes equipped with stain protection that has been built into every fiber of the carpet. It’s also designed to be resistant to fading, allowing it to stand up to multiple cleanings. Carpet is also a great choice in terms of preventing scratches and the clicking sound your pet’s nails make when they walk. And, since carpet is, by far, the most comfortable flooring option, your pet is going to love to lounge on it; they might not even need their own pet bed anymore!
Believe it or not, pets and hardwood floors can peacefully coexist in the same household. However, of all of the flooring options we’ve gone over in this blog, hardwood floors are probably the trickiest to protect from the damage caused by pets. If you have an older pet who is calm and properly potty trained already, you’ll be better off with hardwood floors than if you have a puppy or kitten who has frequent accidents and likes to run around on your floor. With hardwood floors, you’ll want to keep your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid scratches. But, the good news is that, if you do notice any scratches forming on your beautiful floors, you can always get them refinished to make them look like new!
Let Floor Expo help you find the right flooring option for your pet and your home!
Pets add a lot of joy and love to our lives, but with the wrong flooring option, they could wreak major havoc on your home. We hope that this blog will give you the information you need to find the right flooring option for your pet and your needs, but if you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re always happy to help, and we even offer free design consultations and free estimates! To learn more about the products we have to offer, please feel free to peruse our site or stop by our flooring showroom in Fairfield. We look forward to helping you find the right flooring option for you!