Our pets are well and truly apart of our families. So, you want to make sure that your home works with your pets and allows them to live comfortably, without damaging any of your floors
From Real Wood, Laminate, Vinyl and Carpet, there’s so many choices when it comes to finding your perfect flooring. However, he’s some key points and facts to consider when it comes to making that final decision.
Many experts would probably advise you to stay away from real wood flooring and to choose laminate or vinyl due to its reluctance to scratch. However, if you are willing to deal with the odd dent or scratch, then wood flooring is perfectly acceptable.
Although real wood flooring always looks the part, when it comes to having pets – and even Children – real wood flooring can be a tad too high maintenance.
Hardwood floors are more susceptible to stains and rather prone to water damage – Which isn’t always ideal, especially with puppies running around. In terms of scratches, the harder the wood, the more likely it is to resist scratches from a dog’s nails. So, keep that in mind when it comes to selecting the hardwood flooring that works for you and your pet.
Vinyl Flooring is an ideal choice for the majority of pet owners. In comparison to most other flooring options, Vinyl is reasonably priced, therefore if any damage does occur, it’s not breaking your bank as much as some. Available in a wide variety of designs, such as natural-looking luxury vinyl, it is a durable option that does not compromise on style. If you’re wanting a floor that’s scratch resistant, stylish and easy to clean, than vinyl may be the one for you.
The biggest negative when it comes to Vinyl flooring is that water spills can cause lifting and even mildew, so using a spray mop is essential to avoid any excess water.
Although laminate flooring looks similar to hardwood flooring, it provides a much easier clean up after your pet. Despite its hardness and durability, laminate flooring can also be quite slippery.
If you’re interested in a smooth, high gloss laminate floor, it will reduce your pet’s traction even more. It’s best to select an option that has a textured or embossed finish to reduce slipping, or layer an area rug and rug pad over the flooring to provide extra traction for your pet.
Carpet is always the cosiest and most homely options when it comes to flooring in your home. However, carpet has a fair few drawbacks when it comes to pets. The most obvious con of them all is pet urine damage to your carpet. in certain cases, it can be impossible to get the smell and stain of pet urine out of your carpet without professional cleaning.
Low-traffic areas, such as bedrooms, are ideal locations for carpet in a home with pets. Also, look for carpet varieties without loops, as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.