When you are considering new flooring for your home, if you have pets, you need to consider how well the flooring will stand up to the challenges that pets involve as well as what is a good option for them. Here are a few tips that can help you decide which type and style of flooring to go with.
When thinking about pets, consider not just the ones you have now and how they behave, but also how they’ll be as they get older and what pets you may get in the future. It is well and good to go with a nice hardwood because your dog hasn’t had any accidents in a long time, but that might not always be the case. Hardwood is very susceptible to water damage and stains. If you don’t mind the added character to your floors down the road, go forward with hardwood, but if you prefer an immaculate floor, this isn’t your best choice. Also, if you still want hardwood, go for a species that is rated high for hardness, so it can resist scratches more easily. Avoid softwoods, such as fir, chestnut, and pine, and opt for bamboo, mahogany, oak, cherry, hickory, sycamore, walnut, or maple instead. You can also go with a urethane-coated option for more durability.
If you have an aging pet, you may want to go with carpeting, so they can be more comfortable. Be sure to discuss options that won’t be easily damaged by nails and that have superior stain resistance. If allergens are a concern, another good option is cork flooring. This flooring is naturally antimicrobial, and it is warm and pliant, so it will be more comfortable for your pet and for you, too.
Other good options include luxury vinyl tile and planks, which have an exceptionally strong top layer that is scratch-resistant and easy to clean. This flooring is warmer than tile and is easier for pets to gain traction when moving about your home.
When you come to see us at Carolina Flooring, be sure to let us know you have pets and need to accommodate their needs. Our experienced staff will be able to best advise you on the products that will make your pet happy and give you the durability you need to withstand the added challenges that pets involve.