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11.12.19 Advice

What is the Best Type of Flooring for Pet Owners?

Written by: Will Stories

Your beloved pup is an important member of your family and as such, needs a floor that’s going to be able to handle mucky paw prints, claws, drool and everything else that a fur-baby brings. If you’re remodelling or have just moved into your first home, making sure that you're getting the right product for your project is going to save you both time and money in the long run.

The best types of floors for dogs & cats are made of hard-wearing, durable, easy-to-clean materials that suit your home and your personal style. Pet owners also need to consider things like how much traction and grip that a floor can give- this is especially important if your dog is an older chap.

Vinyl Tiles (LVT) Suitable for Pet Owners

Vinyl flooring is a great choice for covering your floor because of its low cost, the massive range of available designs and colours, and it’s versatility for use around the house. It can be used in virtually any room of your home and it’s grippy enough to provide traction for your dog.

Vinyl tile flooring has had somewhat of a face lift over the last five years- it’s no longer the easily-scratched, flimsy, cheap material of the 80s. Luxury vinyl tile brands like Amtico, Karndean, Quick-Step and Cavalio are all leading the way to make luxury vinyl tile floors stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and water-resistant, all whilst looking amazing.

Our full range of luxury vinyl tiles are all here:

Engineered Wood Ideal for Pet Owners

Easily the most popular flooring choice of the moment, engineered wood flooring is a beautiful and cost-effective alternative to solid wood flooring. It’s incredibly popular with dog-owners because it’s moisture-resistant which is perfect for cleaning after wet walks (or little accidents!). The best thing about engineered wood is the gorgeous variety of colours and textures that add warmth to your home. In fact, engineered wood is warm to the touch too so your pooch will love laying out. The only negative is that although engineered wood is moisture-resistant, it’s not as scratch-proof as other flooring choices. The good news is that flooring professionals can easily sand scratches out of engineered wood to ensure a long life expectancy.

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Carpet still reigns as champion for bedrooms, living rooms, conservatories and hallways. Although it can be a little harder to clean up spills and any messes that your dog makes, buying a low pile carpet is the best solution for warm, toasty toes for you and your pooch without a hard job cleaning up. With carpet, there’s no need to worry about your dog skidding around like its on an ice-rink; this is the material to give you the most grip whilst still looking amazing. Low pile carpet is also a winner for combatting your dog’s shedding.

Laminate Floors for Pet Owners

Laminate is the best type of flooring for dogs if your bundle of fluff is prone to scratching. Laminate is brilliant at resisting marks and scratches and even comes with an Abrasion Class (AC) score to show you exactly how scratch-resistant your chosen laminate is. We’d recommend choosing one that’s as scratch-resistant as possible to protect your flooring from claws.

Not only is laminate great at keeping its texture and colour, it’s also super-effective at reducing and limiting noise. The only thing that your dog might not love is that it is smooth underfoot; this means a slicker texture which means your dog may go skidding when running for the door.

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Solid Wood Flooring for Pet Owners

Solid wood is an exceptionally beautiful choice for your home. There’s no doubt that real solid wood flooring looks exceptional once installed. However, the truth of the matter is that dog claws will savage solid wood flooring unless the material is an exceptionally hard wood like maple or merbau.

The one redeeming factor of solid wood flooring is its ability to be resanded multiple times so even if it does get scratched, it's not the end of the road for your floor. Solid wood flooring is also warm to the touch which will appeal to your pup on those cold, wintery evenings in December.

For hard-wearing woods like maple or merbau: