Pets are awesome—they give you unconditional love, they’re loads of fun, and they provide you with constant companionship. But they can also make quite a mess. And when it comes to your floors, they might do some damage. Carpets could get snagged, wood floors can get scratched, and dirt and accidents could cause unsightly stains. So, if your family includes fur-babies, it’s worth considering what types of flooring will be easiest to maintain.
The following is a list of our top picks for pet-friendly flooring. As you can see, there are actually a lot of options that you can choose from, so you don’t have to feel limited at all.
Tiles are durable, and they’re easy to keep clean. Spills can simply be wiped up, and you usually don’t have to worry about staining. Plus, because they’re scratch-resistant, tiles are a great choice when you share your home with animals that have claws, like dogs and cats.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles, in particular, are often recommended for houses with pets because they feature a nonporous surface. After all, you never know when a pet might spill their food or water bowl or have a potty accident inside the house! Also, these tiles come in a range of styles, including those that mimic the look of natural wood or stone, so you can still get the aesthetic that you want while getting the benefits of tile in just about any room.
The great thing about vinyl flooring is that it comes in a wide range of styles to suit your preferences. Beyond that, it’s a good choice if you have pets because it can be durable and resistant to scratches and moisture, as well as easy to keep clean. Plus, it’s also more affordable, making it a smart choice if you’re on a tight budget.
Another eco-friendly flooring option is cork. And because it’s also antimicrobial, it’s great at resisting allergens, bacteria, and mold in houses with pets. But what helps differentiate this flooring product from others is the fact that it’s comfortable and warm under your feet, and it helps to reduce noise in a room. On top of that, if you have pets with joint or mobility problems, or if your pets are older, this flooring might be the ideal choice because it provides a little extra comfort compared to harder floors.
If You Absolutely Must Have Hardwood or Carpeting…
Hardwood and carpeting are hugely popular flooring products. Unfortunately, they don’t always go well with pets. However, this doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the flooring that you want just because you have furry friends.
- For hardwood flooring, it’s a good idea to go with wood that’s harder and, therefore, more durable than softer wood. Think: hickory as just an example.
- Engineered hardwood that boasts a finish that’s resistant to scratches might also be another way to get the look of hardwood without having to worry too much about damage from pets.
- A carpet product featuring pet-friendly technology that makes it more resistant to stains and damage from moisture might be an ideal choice. Keep your pet’s claws trimmed to prevent snags, and vacuum regularly to pick up fur and other debris.
Let Us Help You Find the Perfect Pet Friendly Flooring for Your Home!
If you have any questions or would like to see some samples in person, feel free to contact us to learn more about the best options when you share your home with pets. You can even set up a convenient, free in-home consultation during which we’ll bring samples to you so you can see exactly how they’ll look once installed. Then, with brand new floors that will withstand pet messes, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of flooring that’s both beautiful and functional.