Dogs are man’s best friend, but they can be a floor’s worst enemy.  About 63% of American households have a pet. That’s a lot of doggie nails tearing at your floor. Add to that, most pets also shed and urinate inside the house.

With pets in the home, flooring choices becomes a top priority. Aside from using preventive measures, choosing appropriate flooring will prevent your beloved pet from ruining your investment.

The good news is, there are several pet-friendly flooring options that can minimize the damage. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of several types of flooring to help in the decision making process.

Bamboo flooring

Bamboo is an excellent choice for homes with pets. It’s harder than hardwood floors, which means it is less easy to scratch or dent. It is also completely renewable and is stain resistant.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring may be a good choice if your pets have free reign over the home. It doesn’t show scratches as easily as compared to other flooring options. It is also easy to clean. However, one of the downsides to laminate flooring is that it can be slippery for pets. Also, spills can seep through the spaces and reach the floor underneath. If your pet struggles getting around the house, it might be a good idea to place some rugs to prevent accidents.

Hardwood flooring

A new hardwood floor can add beauty and value to your home, but the big question is can dogs and hardwood floors co-exist?

Pet nails can wreak havoc on a hardwood floor. It also stains easily. But if you really love the look of hardwood floors, make sure to keep your dog’s nail trimmed and filed smooth. Also, moisture will ruin hardwood floors. So watch your dog during potty training. We also advise to place your pet’s water bowl on a mat, not on the floor.