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What Are the Best Floors for Dogs?

Dog-friendly flooring options deliver high style that holds up well under four furry paws.

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Our four-legged friends can be hard on floors. When it’s time to install new flooring, take a look at the many stylish options that will go the distance with your pooch.

Best Dog-Friendly Flooring Options

Luxury vinyl tile is an excellent choice for homes with dogs. Its luxurious looks in wood, stone, slate, and ceramic feature a textured surface that’s not only convincingly real but provides slip resistance to padding paws. Luxury vinyl is quiet to walk on and feels soft and warm underfoot, so sleeping dogs can lie comfortably undisturbed. Luxury vinyl floors resist scratches, stains, and water, and clean up easily.

Vinyl tile flooring makes it easy to wipe away the little accidents left by housetraining puppies or the inevitable water bowl spills. And there’s no need to sacrifice style for the convenience of an easy-care surface. Now more stylish than ever, vinyl floor tiles come in a variety of patterns, colors, and styles that closely resemble natural products like wood, stone, and ceramic tile.

Laminate floors give you the look of traditional hardwood and natural stone in a durable surface that stands up to the rough treatment dogs can dish out. When shopping for laminate flooring, steer away from smooth or high gloss finishes that can cause your pet to slip and slide. Instead, look for a textured surface that not only enhances the floor’s beauty but provides surer footing. Laminate’s scratch- and water-resistant wear layer takes the worry out of pets tracking water on the floor. Just make sure to quickly wipe up spills after they happen.

Homeowners with dogs often think a hardwood floor is beyond their reach. Actually, hardwood floors and dogs can live in harmony – with a few rules. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed regularly. Prefinished hardwood boards offer the most durability and lighter stains will hide scratches better if they do happen. A low gloss finish is also more forgiving, as are rustic styles like distressed and hand-scraped hardwood floors. The most important tip is to wipe up spills quickly before they soak into the floor.

It’s easy to earn tail wags from man’s best friend by choosing dog-friendly flooring.