Choosing the right flooring option for your home is a vital part of the makeover process and there’s lots of different options, with their own pros and cons, to consider.
However, if you’re a pet owner, this decision becomes even trickier as you will need to choose a pet-friendly flooring option that is both resistant and durable whilst at the same time remaining stylish.
It’s for this reason that we are focusing today's article on analysing a number of different flooring types from a pet-suitability perspective to guide you on your purchasing path.
Whether you’re looking for the best flooring for dogs or cats, the best flooring for pets that have accidents or the most comfortable option for your pampered pooch, we have all angles covered!
When deciding on the best flooring option for pets, consider the following...
Your flooring option must be resistant to:
One of the most common causes of flooring damage by pets is due to their long nails causing scratch marks on the surface.
We all expect our pets to be perfectly house trained from the day we bring them home, but we also have to live in the real world! Pets, especially younger ones, will sometimes have accidents in the house and you need a flooring option that makes it quick and easy to get rid of without leaving any traces (or smells!).
Whilst scratches and scuffs from a dog or cats claws amount to a lot of the damage to flooring, there are other issues our pets cause. Whether it’s from bigger dogs pulling appliances off worktops whilst jumping up or adventurous cats brushing pots and pans onto the floor whilst exploring your kitchen, your flooring needs to be up to the test!
Pet-friendly flooring also offers:
Before we look at the individual flooring types and the pros and cons of them for your pets, let’s consider what proactive steps you can take to prevent flooring damage in the first place:
Real Wood Flooring looks delightful but is not always the best option for a pet. If you’re going to go with solid wood, make sure you choose hardwood rather than softwood to limit scratches and dents. Although real wood doesn’t trap dirt unlike other flooring options, it is very prone to scratches and stains and can also be quite slippery.
Whilst Engineered Wood Flooring is a great flooring option, it may also not be the best for those with pets. Whilst you can sand down Engineered Wood Flooring similar to Real Wood if your pet scratches it, you only have a limited number of times you can do this before the other components of the flooring are exposed. It is very easy to clean though.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (or LVT) is arguably one of the most pet-friendly flooring options for a number of reasons. Not only is it very durable and scratch resistant, but it’s also water resistant / proof meaning it ticks all the boxes! It’s also not slippery unlike wooden alternatives and, despite not being the most comfy option for your pet, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Laminate Flooring is also water resistant and easy to clean and the limited scratches you will get with this surface are typically less distinguishable. Cons: It’s slippery meaning pets will be less stable on their feet and it’s not as everlasting or as timeless as hardwood.
Whilst tiles can add a rustic, authentic look to your home, they are very cold compared to all other options and there’s no one who this will affect more than your pet who loves to sleep on the floor! Tiles are also very slippery, although they are scratch-resistant and easier to clean.
Last, and probably least, is carpet! Whilst your kitten or puppy will love the warmth and comfort of carpet, it’s notoriously hard to maintain. Carpet isn’t a slipping hazard either, which is a positive, but the sheer amount of dirt that it traps, hairs it attracts and also ticks and fleas that it stores should be enough to make any pet owner steer clear!
So there you have it, what to look for when selecting a pet-friendly flooring solution, how to prevent flooring damage by pets and a run down of the best, and worst, flooring options for them! Did we miss anything out? Let us know in the comments below.