If you’re like most homeowners, you share your life and living space with furry friends. This can lead to conflict between the desire to provide your pet with a happy home and the desire to enjoy an elegant and appealing ambiance in your interior living space. Scratches, stains, odors, and shedding all take a toll on household environments, and flooring usually bears the brunt of it. Different types of flooring have their advantages and disadvantages when pets are a part of the picture, and there’s really no one-size-fits-all answer. Following is a breakdown of five popular, pet-friendly flooring options and how they measure up in homes with pets.
Hardwood flooring is a far better choice for households that include pets than softwood. Those choosing to go this route should opt for extremely dense hardwoods such as oak, mahogany, maple, and walnut. Dense wood offers a harder surface less likely to become dented by pet toenails or harbor pet dander and hair. All types of wood, however, are susceptible to water damage and stains, so it may not be the best choice for those introducing young animals into their homes. However, it may be an ideal choice if you’ve got an older pet who is house-trained. Keeping your pet’s toenails trimmed minimizes scratches, and urethane-treated hardwood is less likely to be damaged by scratches and moisture than its untreated counterparts.
Cork flooring provides natural antibacterial properties that may be beneficial for those with pets who sometimes have accidents in the home. Because it provides a surface softer than hardwood flooring, it’s possibly a good choice for those with older animals who with arthritis or other conditions that benefit from flexible surfaces.
Laminate flooring replicates the clean, classic look of hardwood flooring but provides a less porous surface, making it more resistant to damage by pet toenails. However, laminate surfaces can be very slippery, which may cause pets to become injured if they slip and fall. Using area rugs in high-traffic parts of the home helps keep this from happening.
Stone Tile Flooring
Stone tile flooring doesn’t retain odors, is resistant to scratching and staining, and is very easy to clean. Because stone surfaces tend to be cool, they’re good, pet-friendly flooring choices for homes in the Tampa Bay area. If you go this route, however, you should provide cozy pet beds and area rugs to provide pets with warm places to sleep.
Vinyl flooring may be the best overall choice for those sharing their homes with furry friends. It’s durable, easy to maintain, scratch-resistant, isn’t slippery, and relatively inexpensive. However, spillage that isn’t cleaned up in a timely fashion may result in warping or the development of mildew colonies.
Because every household has different needs, not every flooring choice is going to be right for every situation. Please feel free to reach out and talk about what type of pet-friendly flooring would work best for you.