Pets are a blessing to your family, but when it comes to flooring, they can be a real bother. Digging, scratching, and even just walking across the floor with sharp claws can cause damage, and the inevitable accident can be hard to clean from carpeting and certain hard, porous floors. If you’re choosing new floors and are a pet household, here’s what you need to know.
Carpet is the Enemy
When you have pets, carpet is the worst choice for flooring. If your pet has an accident on carpeting, it will soak into the fibers and pad, making it almost impossible to fully remove the smell. Even if you can’t smell it, your pet can, and this increases the chances of future marking. In addition, carpeting traps pet dander and hair, so your indoor air quality suffers. Hard floorings are almost always a better option.
Engineered and Solid Hardwood
Both engineered and solid hardwoods are a great choice for pets. Solid hardwoods are made from solid wood, providing a durable surface for pets to walk on. The planks are finished to prevent absorption of spills, so as long as you clean up messes quickly, you shouldn’t have long-term staining. Engineered hardwoods provide a similar benefit, but have a core of plywood with a top layer of hardwood veneer. It’s more resistant to moisture damage than solid hardwoods, but both are good choices for pets.
Bamboo is one of the strongest materials, as its harder than even the hardest hardwoods. It will stand up to the traffic from your pet’s feet, including sharp claws. It resists stains and water damage, and as an added bonus is one of the “greenest” options you can buy, as bamboo is a completely renewable resource.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring has come a long way in recent years, and luxury vinyl flooring is attractive, durable and stain-resistant. It works well for both kids and pets, and it won’t trap allergens. It’s also quite easy to clean, so those messes are never a source of stress. It’s also completely water (and mess) proof.
If you’re looking to install new flooring in your home, and want the best option for pets, talk to the team at Belmont Flooring Center. Let us help you find a flooring option that matches your style and your need for pet-friendly floors.