Over 60% of Americans have pets. If you’re like me, they are part of the family. Sometimes, our four-legged friends make us consider what is best for our home, including our flooring. I was talking to our Tech & Install guys asking them about their advice for families who have pets in their homes. Here are some of their recommendations and tips.
Your pets may not know the difference, but some floors are better than others for pet owners.
Luxury vinyl plank and Engineered vinyl plank are fantastic option for pet owners set on keeping their floors pristine.
They’re highly durable, long-lasting, and resistant to moisture, scratches, and dents. Plus, they diminish that “click-click” sound your pets’ nails make on the floor. Style-wise, vinyl has come a long way. Most vinyl floor tiles and planks are designed to mimic stone or wood patterns. And it’s affordable! The Coreluxe and Coreluxe Ultra floors are our top rated waterproof floors and a perfect fit for active, pet loving families.
Tile is another great option for people with pets: Tile floors are extremely durable and easy to clean. Although, if you have animals with serious bladder control issues, keeping the grout clean might be a challenge. But for most pet owners, tile is a smart, liquid-proof surface with tons of different design options. If you’re dreaming of wood floors but don’t want to risk it, consider wood look tiles.
But what about Hardwood Floors and Pets?
One of the most common problems with hardwood flooring is that dogs, by simply walking around can scratch the surface. Before you buy you’ll need to know that some hardwood flooring options are better than others, and all have pros and cons that pet lovers will have to consider.
Solid Hardwood – Natural wood planks
Natural hardwood flooring consists of solid planks of a certain species of hardwood. When shopping for hardwood flooring, you’ll come across several types, prices and features. A few pros of hardwood flooring is that you can refinish it several times to adjust to your tastes, it’s fairly durable and it has managed to remain a favorite choice in the modern home market.
Hardwood Flooring for pets… Species matters.
Not all natural hardwood flooring options are the same. Some wood species are much softer than others; the softer the wood, the more easily it scratches and dents. Some species pet owners, especially those with large active dogs should avoid when choosing a natural floor include pine, American cherry and American walnut. Harder, more durable and scratch-resistant species include Brazilian cherry, Brazilian Koa, walnut and hickories. Red and white oaks are also pretty durable, although not quite as hard as the others. The more durable woods are not cheap, but if you have dogs they may be well worth the upfront expense.
High-quality strand bamboo flooring is among the best choices for homes with dogs because it’s much harder than even the hardest woods, and it’s also very scratch-resistant. Bamboo is also a “green,” environmentally friendly choice, as it is highly renewable because it grows so quickly. Stay away from cheaper bamboo floors and caramelized bamboos; caramelized bamboo flooring is heated to a point that diminishes its strength and durability.
Laminate Flooring and Engineered Flooring choices
Engineered wood has hardwood and soft-ply layers topped with a hardwood veneer layer. Laminate has a soft core covered with an extremely hard surface that is among the most scratch-resistant of the “wood” flooring choices. That being said, it is not always the best choice for dogs for the following two reasons: it can be slippery and any moisture—like urine accidents or spills—can cause the seams to swell or the individual planks to warp.
Engineered flooring is often much more durable than typical, natural hardwood floors and available in a wide variety of species. It’s more solidly built than typical laminates as well.
One of the best Laminate or Engineered flooring choices for pets can be found in the new Aquaseal line of floors. This new, cutting edge technology gives you a beautiful flooring option with amazing water resistance – perfect for pet owners.