Jun 21, 2023 | Flooring America
When it comes to our pets, more times than not, they’re the most spoiled family members. Our choices often take their needs into consideration as well as our own. Choosing the right flooring material can be a real challenge for homeowners with pets. You want pet-friendly flooring that will provide your pets with comfort and safety while also meeting your needs. How do you keep your pets safe and comfortable at home while also protecting your floors from moisture, staining, scratches, and other types of damage or accidents?
Fortunately, the friendly and knowledgeable flooring experts at Flooring America make it easy to find flooring options that are compatible with every family, including your pets! Whether you’re searching for the best flooring for pet stains, scratch resistance, or other pet-proof needs, read on to learn more about the various types of pet-friendly flooring we carry that you and your furry friends will love.
The phrase “pet-proof flooring” means that it has to be strong enough to withstand damage from urine, scratching nails, tracked-in mud, and other hazards that come with owning a pet. Durable, waterproof, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and easy to clean are the qualities in different flooring materials that essentially make it “pet-proof.” However, pet-friendly floors should satisfy your needs as a pet owner and as a homeowner. Luckily, we carry plenty of flooring options to satisfy every need, including style, durability, and everything in between.
Choosing the right pet-friendly flooring for pets also requires some important considerations, as there are pros and cons to the different flooring options depending on your pet’s needs. Finding the best flooring that suits your unique style and is ideal for your pet can be tricky, but our flooring experts are here to help you find the perfect balance. Potential flooring options for pet owners include:
While we all love our pets, we know they can take a toll on our home. They can leave behind scratches, pet hair, dander, and messes. There are a few factors to remember when shopping for pet-friendly flooring. Consider the following when shopping our many pet-friendly flooring options:
Scratching is a major concern for dog owners, so durable flooring options are needed. Scratch-resistant flooring options include certain products from hardwood flooring, stone tile and ceramic tile, laminate flooring, and luxury vinyl flooring.
Scratches aren’t the only source of pet damage. Stains, mud, and moisture can also take a toll. This is especially true for hardwood flooring. If urine or moisture is your main concern, consider a line of waterproof flooring options, such as luxury vinyl flooring or engineered hardwood flooring.
Of course! Pets appreciate a soft landing just as much as their owners —especially pets that love to jump. Plush, flexible flooring materials like carpet and cork flooring offer more cushioning and support than hard flooring materials like tile or wood.
Both dogs and cats need traction on tile floors, or the ability to “grip” the floor while they walk and run, to ensure they can safely navigate your home. Some types of flooring, like carpet, provide more traction than others.
Urine can damage your floors in more ways than one, so it's important to get stain-resistant and moisture-resistant flooring. Look for ceramic or porcelain tile, luxury vinyl, or laminate flooring, and solid hardwood with a dense, durable coating to repel liquids —all of these products can do the trick!
The wear and tear from a dog’s nails can scar your floor for life and burn through your wallet in the process. Don’t worry, though! There are flooring options that are specially designed to withstand pet damage from those scratching and clacking nails. If you’re searching for a scratch-resistant flooring product, here are a few options to consider:
Accidents are a fact of life when you have pets —especially those with new puppies or kittens. That’s why all of our pet-friendly flooring options at Flooring America are waterproof! This is ideal for accident-prone pets and helps your floors withstand little spills and dribbles from the water bowl.
If you're looking for the most durable waterproof flooring option, consider a luxury vinyl floor, which comes in a wide selection of patterns, colors, and styles. You can even purchase vinyl flooring in luxury vinyl planks or luxury vinyl tile, depending on which design aesthetic you are going for. Luxury vinyl is tougher and more durable against moisture from urine, water, and other spills. That said, for every pet owner’s budget and style preference, plenty of other waterproof and scratch-resistant options like engineered hardwood flooring, tile flooring, and laminate flooring exist.
At Flooring America, we understand that your pet is like a family member. They are an active part of your day-to-day life. We’re dedicated to helping you find safe, comfortable, and attractive flooring that meets your needs —and the needs of your furry friend! Whether your primary concern is preventing water damage, staining, claw marks, or all three, count on our friendly team of flooring experts to deliver top-quality flooring for every room in your home.