Do You Need A "Pet Friendly" Floor?
About 63 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. We love our animal friends! But they can be tough on some types of floors.
One of the biggest problems with pets is their nails. If you don’t keep them trimmed, they could scratch a laminate or hardwood floor. Many pets also shed, and, they may not always remember they’re housebroken! The good news is that you can have a beautiful floor and still keep the family pet!
Explore your options.
Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option for families with pets. Luxury vinyl and vinyl sheet are highly durable, long-lasting, and resistant to moisture, scratches and dents. They are also easy to maintain. And here's another benefit of vinyl: it softens the sound of your pet’s nails when they walk across the floor.
Laminate is an excellent choice if you have a pet who has the run of the house. Armstrong laminate floors have the VisionGuard™ wear layer that protects against scratches, stains, and scuffs. Laminate is also easy to clean. Just dust mop or vacuum regularly and use a damp mop and Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner for a thorough cleaning.
Hardwood flooring and pets aren’t typically a marriage made in flooring heaven. If your pet creates any spills or puddles on your hardwood floor, you have to mop them up immediately because the boards can stain and warp from moisture. Pet nails and toys can also wreak havoc on a hardwood floor.
The Performance Plus Hardwood collection offers a durable finish combined with acrylic micro-beveled edges. This special design resists scratching because the beveled edge give your pets’ nails something to grip onto as they cross the floor.
Hardwood flooring with a rustic or distressed look is a good design choice since it already shows signs of wear and will hide imperfections. We also recommend selecting flooring with a lower gloss level to help hide additional marks that may occur.
If you want the look and feel of hardwood flooring that’s easier to maintain we recommend our Vivero Luxury Vinyl collection. This flooring features our Diamond 10™ Technology which provides added durability and easy cleaning. Vivero also has 100% waterproof planks in case you have a pet that’s accident prone.
Don't Forget Buddy
Don’t forget Buddy or Fluffy when you're choosing a new floor! Consider a pet-friendly floor that will make your pet feel at home and give you peace of mind. Talk to an expert at your local flooring store to find out more about the right floor for your home.