What Flooring Is Best For Dog Owners?

What Flooring Is Best For Dog Owners

If you are planning on renovating your home, or perhaps even building a new one, you may be wondering what type of flooring is best to install. If you have some furry friends like a dog or cat, the “right type of flooring” takes on a whole new meaning.

If you’re a dog lover, you’ll obviously want flooring that is scratch and damage resistant, not to mention easy to clean. However, you probably also want your pets to move about freely. So what type of flooring meets all of these criteria? Not surprisingly, there are several options!

Types of Flooring for Dog Owners

Vinyl and Linoleum

The best choice of flooring for pet owners is vinyl.  It’s not only waterproof and durable but also easy to clean and relatively easy on the feet of both humans and pets.

When it comes to vinyl, you get what you pay for, so it’s important not to skimp on quality here.  Fortunately, there are a number of different types of vinyl available including:

  • luxury vinyl sheetdog sitting in kitchen
  • tile
  • plank

All three of the above types are thicker than typical vinyl, and you’ll be able to tell a difference by cost. Luxury vinyl sheeting is one of the best choices because it’s considerably softer than hardwood, making it much more comfortable.

Like vinyl, linoleum is durable, waterproof and easy to clean and has the added benefit of being eco-friendly (for the environmentally conscious) as well as hypoallergenic and antibacterial. It is actually more scratch resistant than vinyl.

Tile and Stone

One of the most durable options for people with pets is tile or stone flooring. It has the benefit of being easy to clean and is scratch resistant. For humans, it’s fairly comfortable.

But for your pets, it may be difficult to find a comfy spot. For older pets, walking may be very difficult since they will be more likely to slip, slide, and possibly fall. However, pets may have more traction on stone floors than tile due to the naturally rough finish.

Hardwood

When most people look for pet-friendly flooring, they immediately think hardwood. But this isn’t always the right option unless you choose the right type of wood. Engineered or solid hardwood has a tough finish and usually a high Janka hardness score.

When choosing wood for your home, choose woods like Brazilian Cherry, Ipe, Acacia, and Walnut, which are typically imported and expensive. White Oak, Hickory, and Hard Maple are also good choices, but also expensive although they are domestic. Bamboo is another good choice.

Although these woods are resistant to scratching and other damage, they are not as resistant to liquids, especially if they are not cleaned up right away.

Hardwood is also more difficult for animals to navigate.The finish on hardwood floors can be slippery, which makes it difficult for pets, especially dogs and older, less agile animals to gain traction. In the long run, this could actually contribute towards their deterioration.

dog on carpet flooring

Other Flooring Options

Of course, there are other flooring options such as laminate and carpet, both of which have major disadvantages. Although laminate is resilient and resistant to scratching and other damage, it’s similar to hardwood due to its melamine finish which makes the floor quite slippery, even more so than hardwood or tile.

Carpet can be a good choice if your pets are well-behaved and accident-free, but you will need to vacuum regularly and have it deep cleaned twice a year to keep it looking (and smelling) its best.

No matter what flooring you choose, you can keep your pets comfy with area rugs. By keeping their nails trimmed they’ll be able to walk more easily, which will keep you and your pets happy.

What’s The Best Flooring For My Basement?

What's The Best Flooring To Use For a Basement

When it comes to basement flooring you might have more questions than answers.  How much should it cost?  What are the best materials to use?  Can I still make the floor look attractive even though it’s going to be in a basement?

If you need some help picking out flooring for your basement, here are a few top picks to consider.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 1920s.  In fact, its become so cost-efficient and attractive that sometimes people are fooled by the material and think its wood instead of PVC.  You can, of course, buy vinyl flooring that is a solid color.

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl floors come with a faux-wood look as well as stone.  These wood and stone like floors are so convincing and yet you can save a ton of money by installing these instead of real wood or stone.

Vinyl flooring comes with 3 main options:

  • 1 full sheet
  • planks
  • tiles

The planks look even more like real wood floors.  To top it off vinyl is very easy to install, it can even be removed and replaced and its one of the most durable materials available.

Porcelain and Ceramic Floors

Tile floors are another pretty popular option for basement flooring.  If you’ve been to any restaurants lately and visited the bathrooms – most all of them use porcelain or ceramic flooring.

These types of tiles can be glazed over which can prevent liquids and moisture from penetrating it.  Not to mention the fact that these 2 materials come in almost every pattern, color and size under the sun.

It gives you the ability to customize the look so that it fits with the look of your home.  Porcelain and ceramic floors can also be made to look like stone and other materials, without adding on the expensive price tag!

Stained Concrete Flooring

These are actually very pretty!  What they do is they take regular concrete and they put different colors of dye into the mix.  They then either mix it or swirl it and it creates these really wonderful and beautiful floors.

Stamped concreteBecause its concrete its also less money, you don’t need any fancy or expensive interlocking plank installations and you can really customize the floor.  If you take a look at a site like Pinterest you can see all sorts of really attractive looking concrete floors.

Stamped concrete, for example, has an almost old wood look to it. On the other hand, stained concrete has a completely different look.

Rubber Flooring

Believe it or not, but there is also such a thing as rubber flooring.  These are usually recycled and made from real-world materials like rubber tires.  Rubber is, of course, a really good material for a basement because it’s water-resistant, moisture-resistant, and if you have a green home, its also considered green-friendly.

Don’t be fooled by the synonymous “black” tires though.  These floors come in all sorts of different colors.  Plus, they can be manipulated to look like different things; wood planks, herringbone tiles, stone tiles and more.

Rubber floors in the laundry

As you can clearly see from the options above; you do have attractive choices if you want to put new flooring in your basement.  Of course, the flooring you choose is going to be up to you, but if you want to choose the best flooring for your basement the biggest concern should be that its water and moisture friendly.