Your Best Bets for Floors with Pets
Our pets are a part of the family, but they can wreak havoc on your floors. Thus, if you want your home to remain presentable, it’s critical to choose a durable flooring material that’s easy to clean.
When picking out your floor, it’s important to consider the effects your pets can have on it; they scratch it, snag it, and stain it. They track in dirt and leave smelly messes, and their food dishes can spill.
With that said, there are some flooring options that are better suited for pets than others. Here are your best bets:
First, you’ll want a carpet that has cut pile rather than looped. Cats, dogs, and other clawed animals can easily pull out the loops and destroy your new carpet in no time. It would also be a great idea to choose a cut-pile carpet with a pattern or uneven texture which will hide any snags they may cause. Second, go with a highly stain-resistant product to give yourself a leg up against dirt and “accident” stains. Carpet tiles can also be a real life-saver for pet lovers as individual tiles can be replaced separately as necessary.
Hardwoods are probably not the best choice for pets, especially large dogs, but because this type of floor is so popular we knew we had to include some tips. Most of our hardwood flooring products come with a factory-finished layer that will help protect your floor from scratches, gouges and stains. It’s best to choose a light-colored hardwood with visible grains and knots what will camouflage damages. Also, a matte finish would be a smart choice as a high-gloss finish is likely to show more scratches and scrapes. Make sure to keep water dishes off the floor to prevent irreparable moisture damage.
Laminate Flooring can provide the classic look of hardwoods for a fraction of the price and twice the durability, making it perfect for pet owners. Many laminate products also come with a protective layer for resisting scratches, and are much better at defending against moisture. If your pet’s water dish will be on the floor, ask about a topical water warranty.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is an incredibly resilient flooring option that also offers a wide range of sophisticated style choices. LVT will stand up to years and years of traffic from your four-legged friends with its tough top layer, which can come with an antimicrobial treatment to defend against mildew and bacteria.
Sheet vinyl may not have the “high end” appeal of LVT, but it does come in many attractive styles to suit just about any home decor. This affordable, long-lasting option will resist scratches, gouges and discoloration, fend off fungus with its antimicrobial properties, and because it’s a continuous covering, you won’t have to worry about moisture issues– even below grade.
Ceramic and stone tile are also excellent choices for pet owners as they defend best against scratches and moisture. But, you’ll definitely want to choose tiles with a coating or polished finish as pet urine can stain or even corrode porous tile materials. Tile should also be a breeze to clean.
If you are worried about your pets making a mess of your floors, you can’t go wrong by laying down a few good rugs in high-traffic areas.
Looking for the perfect floor for a home full of furry companions? Stop by Carpet USA today and our knowledgeable staff will help you make the right choice.