Selecting the right flooring for your home is an important choice—especially when you have to pick something pet-friendly. Our furry friends spend most of their time on the floor, so we want something that makes them comfortable and offers good traction. All that traffic from paws and claws, though, takes its toll on a floor. So, we also need something durable enough to withstand wear and tear associated with our pets. Having something stain-resistant that’s easy to clean will be better for you in the long run. Here are four popular types of flooring and the pros and cons of each for pet-parent households.
Keep Carpet Clean
You can’t spell carpet without p-e-t, and considering the comfort it provides our furry friends, it may not be a coincidence. Carpeting is perfectly cushioned for their little paws and provides a soft landing for lying down. Avoid carpeting with loops, however, as claws can get caught and cause snagging.
While carpeting is great for your cat or dog’s comfort, it could keep you on your toes. Or, more appropriately, your hands and knees. Carpets quickly soak up odors, and stains can be notoriously difficult to remove. If your pet is prone to messes, be prepared to expend plenty of elbow grease to keep your carpets looking and smelling like new. Luckily, carpet is affordable and can be replaced if stains get too bad. KCCS Construction offers professional carpet installation services to solve all your flooring needs!
Choose Your Hardwoods Carefully
Hardwood floors are preferred by many homeowners for their strength and beauty, but they don’t always make the best choice for pet owners. Durability is a hallmark of wooden floors, but they can easily suffer dents and scratches. Especially in houses with large dogs (and long nails). Considering the significant investment wood floors require, you may not want to take the risk. But if you have your heart set on hardwood, cherry, oak, hickory, walnut, mahogany, and/or bamboo. These varieties should be strong enough to withstand even the biggest breeds. Softer woods like chestnut, fir, and pine are extremely prone to scratching. Clean up is easier on hardwood floors than carpets, but it needs to be addressed immediately to avoid staining or warping.
Looks Like Laminate
Laminate flooring gets a lot of love for its low-maintenance and pet-friendly reputation. Many options today look similar to hardwood—with a more affordable price tag. Pet owners appreciate laminate’s durability as it holds up against whatever wear and tear their furry friends dish out. Even scratches are less noticeable on this surface!
Its water-resistant quality also reduces worries over warping. Making it a great option for pet owners, but pets aren’t quite as pleased. Traction is a major concern with laminate flooring as its smooth surface often causes pets to slip and fall. Applying a textured finish can provide more stability for your pets. As can strategically placing area rugs around your rooms.
The Value of Vinyl
Many pet owners love vinyl flooring! Almost as much as their pets, in fact. It’s affordable, attractive, and easy to clean. Plus, it’s resistant to scratches and stains. Pet traction isn’t a problem either, and it’s quieter underfoot than either hardwood or laminate flooring. The only negative is that liquid messes can result in mildew or lifting, so quick clean-ups are key to maintaining this particular option.
Whatever flooring you decide on, KCCS Construction is here to help. We have 13 years of experience installing carpet, vinyl, and everything in between. Give us a call today for a free estimate on making your household pet-friendly!