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 sheet
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.
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.
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.