There are two factors that often determine what kind of flooring you get: children and pets. As the title suggests, we’re going to focus on pets today because as much as we’re sure you love your faithful furry companions, they can be…messy.
Muddy paws, claw scratches, and potty emergencies are all realities of having pets; as such, it makes sense to get flooring that can withstand the punishment that your beloved dog (or cat or iguana) can dish out. Below are 4 of the most pet-friendly flooring options that homeowners can choose from.
What Determines if Flooring Is “Pet-Friendly”?
Pet-friendly flooring is classified by 5 different traits:
● It’s comfortable for the pets to walk and lay on
● It’s waterproof
● It’s stain-resistant
● It’s scratch-resistant
● Your pets can get good traction on the floor’s surface
It’s likely not going to be easy to find all of these traits in a single type of flooring, but you can use these qualities as a how-to guide to find your (and your pet’s) ideal flooring.
Types of Pet-Friendly Flooring
This option is kind of cheating because hardwood is not truly ideal for pets. That’s why if you really want hardwood flooring, you’ll want to opt for the engineered type. Engineered hardwood differs from traditional hardwood because it is a thin piece of hardwood placed on top of plywood. This gives engineered hardwood more resistance against water and other liquids. To ensure that the flooring is sufficiently durable enough to handle your pet’s claws, choose one that’s really hard like white oak and make sure it has a scratch-resistant finish.
If you want a better choice of wooden flooring that won’t require as much work to pet-proof, then bamboo is the top pick of any kind of wood flooring out there. All you’ll need to concern yourself with is that it rates high on the Janka test – meaning that it’s really hard. Bamboo isn’t easy to scratch or stain and it’s super easy to clean. Perhaps bamboo’s best feature is that it’s antimicrobial which means that it’s not liable to mold or hold allergens like dust, dander and skin particles (hey, people shed too).
Cork is great if you’re looking for eco-friendly options and like bamboo, it’s antimicrobial, so mold, allergens, and bacteria won’t be a problem. It’s also softer than most other types of flooring, it’s warmer and it’s good at muffling sounds. While cork is very comfortable, prolonged exposure to sunlight can wash the color out, so places in direct sunlight might be a no-go for this material or you can use area rugs to try to combat the loss of color. Another helpful tip to maintain cork flooring is to ensure that your pet’s claws are clipped regularly to avoid damage.
Stone and Tile
Stone and tile flooring is a really good choice for your four-legged friends because it’s resistant to scratching, staining, can be easily cleaned and is really durable. That said, they might not be so great for the human members of your family. Tile and stone can be cold and they don’t absorb sound well so they can also be rather loud. They’re also hard and can be generally uncomfortable to walk on. To offset the cons of these options, consider using area rugs to add a bit of softness to the area.
We know that at the end of the day, you just want what’s best for your pet and of course, we want that too. We hope that we’ve offered you some good choices for you and your pet and that you’ve gotten enough information from us to make an informed decision. If there are any other options out there that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, put ‘em down in the comments below! No one said we had to have all the good ideas – just most of them!