Your pet is a member of your family, and you only want the best for them. So it makes sense that when you’re considering new flooring options, your pet, their safety, and their comfort have to play a part in the decision. But you also have to consider your own needs, and that includes the time and energy you have to keep the flooring clean and safe from the damage that a pet can do. Read on for some of the best flooring options for pets.
Bamboo or Cork
Bamboo and cork are both extremely good choices for pet owners. Bamboo is highly durable because it is so hard. It won’t scratch and it is stain resistant. It is also a renewable resource, so you can feel good about the purchase. Cork is also durable and scratch resistant, although it does stain. Cork is also naturally antimicrobial and sound dampening. Finally, both are fairly easy to clean and tend to be softer than true hardwoods (not as soft as carpet, clearly), though you may want to add throw rugs for comfort.
Stone is probably the pinnacle in strength and scratch resistance. It is also very beautiful and looks striking in any home. Natural stone does tend to be somewhat uncomfortable, it is very hard, after all, so you will almost certainly need to add throw rugs or pet beds for your fur baby to sleep on. Stone also can get rather cold in the winter, but it stays cool in the summer – it might be the perfect pick for a cold-loving dog like a Husky.
Tile is another hardy, scratch resistant choice. It is also a water-resistant choice that is super easy to wipe clean. Over time, you may find that you have some staining of tile, especially the grout, so there are some aspects of cleaning it that are more intensive than other flooring options. Tile is also often hard and cold, like stone, so you may need to invest in other options for pet comfort.
Laminate flooring is a good choice if you opt for a high-quality product. The high-quality laminate will be scratch and stain resistant and easy to clean. The biggest problem with lower quality laminate is that it tends to be very slippery, and dogs especially can hurt themselves sliding around on it. Opt for laminate with a strong embossed texture (usually simulating a wood grain or tile pattern) that will give your dog traction.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
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