We love our pets, but we don’t love the toll they can take on our floors. With pet-friendly flooring, you won’t have to worry about your new floor and the four-legged members of your family!
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 there are plenty of hard surface flooring options that are pet-friendly.
Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option to consider if you have a pet. Vinyl sheet or tile floors are extremely durable, long-lasting and resistant to moisture, scratches and dents. They are also easy to maintain. But you don’t have to sacrifice style for durability. Vinyl floors come in a huge assortment of designs and colors. You can even get vinyl floors that look like real wood or stone. And here’s another benefit of vinyl: it softens the sound of your pet’s nails when they walk across the floor.
Laminate flooring gives you the look of hardwood flooring, while providing a durable surface for your pets. With laminate, you’ll have fewer concerns about moisture, dents and scratches. But while laminate flooring is more resistant to moisture, you’ll need to clean up any spilled liquids quickly to prevent any long-term damage to the floor.
Some hard surface floors do have limitations. 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. Best advice if you have a pet and want a hardwood floor? Keep your pet’s nails trimmed and keep their toys in a different room.
Just remember: don’t forget Duke 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.