Pet-friendly flooring options for cat and dog owners
Flooring is an investment and the last thing you want is for your pets to ruin your new flooring shortly after you have it installed. Choosing the right pet-friendly flooring not only benefits you, but it can benefit your pets too.
At Carpet Barn, we offer a range of pet-friendly flooring options both online and within our Poole, Fareham, Eastleigh and Ferndown stores across the South. Take a look at our guide below for the types of flooring we recommend to pet owners.
Carpet is undoubtedly the most popular type of flooring to have in the home. Unfortunately, this is not always the best flooring option to have if you have pets. If your heart is set on carpet, there are some varieties of carpet that are better suited to withstand the daily rigours of muddy paws and sharp claws.
Low-pile carpets reduce the chance of claws getting stuck in the carpet and from being torn. 100% polypropylene carpets have built in resistance to dust, dirt and liquid spills. This is great for owners who are house training their pets, as the stains will sit on top of the carpet instead of penetrating in the material.
Vinyl is a preferred flooring option for pet owners. Vinyl flooring is water resistant and in some varieties, even waterproof! It is low maintenance and easy to clean; if you’re looking for an affordable flooring solution that is pet-friendly, vinyl is an excellent choice.
The wear layer is the protective coating on top of the decorative layer of the vinyl flooring. The thicker the top layer, the more durability and resistance it provides. A 20-40mm thickness is the best chance your flooring has to withstand pet claws and household accidents.
Hard floors are another great pet-friendly flooring option. Hardwood flooring such as engineered wood is a strong flooring solution that will stand up to a lot of wear and tear.
For pet owners with larger breed dogs, it is recommended to choose an engineered wood floor. Softwood flooring such as laminate can be prone to dents and scratches and so not suitable for homes with big dogs. The best types of hardwood flooring include oak, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, mahogany, sycamore, and bamboo.