Pet Friendly Flooring Options

We know that for many pet owners, choosing a new floor can be more difficult than originally planned. Not only does the floor have to meet your requirements, but your furry friends too. Pets will undoubtedly cause more wear and tear to all kinds of flooring – scratches being the main concern.

Luckily, there are pet friendly flooring options to keep everyone happy, so you don’t have to worry about your dog named Bert getting too excited and scratching your brand new floor. We will list a few flooring options below by taking a look at the pros and cons so you can then determine which flooring option would be the best for you.

cocker spaniel dog lying on carpet floor

The Primary Considerations

  • Scratch Resistant
  • Pet Comfort
  • Pet Traction

You should keep these three considerations in mind when you’re searching for your new floor which is pet friendly, as well as your style and aesthetic considerations. You don’t have to compromise as there are countless options available.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Between us, there isn’t a major difference between the surface of a solid wood floor and an engineered wood floor. If you’re indecisive about the two, always look at the finish of the flooring and that will be the winner and claim the victory. Now, wood flooring isn’t highly recommend for pets as they are more prone to scratches, stains and water damage. But if you have your heart set on wood flooring, always, and we mean always, go for engineered. Specifically, choose an engineered floor that is scratch and water resistant.

Pros

  • Strength – it is tough and durable
  • Available in many colours and finishes
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Prone to scratches, stains and water damage
  • Pet urine can cause odor and stains that are likely to reappear

For the full collection of engineered wood flooring, visit our range and if you require assistance in choosing which is the best for you and your pet, simply give us a call and we’d love to help.

Carpet Flooring

Carpet, without a doubt, is a favourite amongst the flooring enthusiasts and comfort lovers. This is because it gives off a cosy and luxurious feel, especially in the winter season when you need all the warmth you can get. This is also a luxury for pets, but it is known to cause quite a few issues when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable for pets
  • Available in many colours and styles
  • Easily replaceable

Cons

  • Difficult to clean and maintain
  • Prone to wear and tear

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring remains one of the most popular flooring options for homeowners across the world. This is because of it’s flexibility, affordability and long life expectancy. There are countless styles and colours you can choose from and with modern technology and enhanced manufacturing methods today, laminate panels are able to look more realistic than ever before. But how do they perform when it comes to pets?

Pros

  • Easily repairable
  • Resistance to odors and scratches
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Slippery surface (this causes pets to be less stable and prone to more falls)

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring may not be as popular as engineered or laminate flooring, but it’s ability to mimic the look or natural stone tile or hardwood is incredible. This flooring option for your home and your pet is ideal if you’re on a budget. Installation of luxury vinyl flooring is flexible and is able to withstand many challenges that pets have the tendency to throw at floors.

Pros

  • Scratch and stain resistant
  • Quiet underfoot
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Extremely durable

Cons

  • Water damage can cause mildew and/or lifting

Which Flooring Option Is Best For Pets?

This, of course, is a question that can and should be answered by you. Once you weigh the pros and cons of the flooring types available, there should be at least one flooring solution that has an edge. But if you’re still struggling, we can advise which would be the best solution, something that offers versatility, style and affordability all in one, as well as allowing your pet to prance around the house comfortably!

Luxury vinyl flooring would be our top pick for a pet friendly floor. Although there are other options that meet the needs of pets, vinyl flooring is versatile, functional and cost effective no matter the home.