Pets very quickly become a huge part of our lives and I can’t imagine family life without our Golden Retriever. With twin toddlers too – it’s a full house! Making practical decisions with everyone in mind has been absolutely key when updating the house.
Even with clients, it’s a very popular topic, and on many projects I work on keeping the pets in mind has been crucial. But which flooring options are available for pet owners? What should you look for with updating your flooring?
In today’s article, I’m going to share my top tips on what to look for in flooring materials for those with pets, and what the top 4 flooring options are for pet owners!
Features to Look for
So what should you be looking for in your new flooring?
Durability should be at the top of your list! Even if you don’t have a cat specifically, pets’ nails can scratch the flooring surface. It’s important to look out for moisture resistance materials too.
Aside from the durability of the material itself, you’ll want something that is easy to keep clean and maintain.
Let’s get to the flooring options for pet owners!
1. Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring is known for its extremely durable qualities, making it an ideal option for families with kids and pets. Due to its durability, luxury vinyl flooring is scratch resistant and very resilient.
This type of flooring is usually waterproof and moisture resistant to make cleaning accidents easier.
As luxury vinyl flooring is a hard surface, it is very easy to clean pet hair. You can either vacuum, sweep, or mop!
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2. Low Pile Carpet
You may be surprised to see carpet on this list at all! But fear not. There is a very good reason! Just like there are differences between rugs and their pile (thickness of fibers that form the rug itself), these differences apply to carpet as well.
Using a thick pile carpet, you can find it more difficult to clean or maintain the cleanliness because of the amount of dirt that can get stuck in the fibers of the carpet.
However, low or thin pile carpets don’t trap as much dirt and bacteria! This type of carpet doesn’t catch pet nails either because the fibers are much closer to the floor’s surface and there’s not enough fiber for nails to get caught on.
A good advantage to using low pile carpet in your home is that it provides comfort for both you and your pets!
3. Wood Flooring
Wood flooring is often associated with high-end properties because of the higher cost involved, both with the product and installation. Despite this though, wood floors can last a lifetime! Making them a fantastic investment.
Aside from this, wood flooring is super easy to clean and keeps pet hair at bay. You can vacuum, sweep or mop in a similar way as luxury vinyl flooring.
As wood flooring is a natural material, it will age over time with your family and will develop its natural character. Add area rugs for additional comfort for both you and your pets!
Tiles are a fantastic option for pet owners because they are extremely durable. Being scratch resident and extremely easy to clean – tile is great for homeowners with pets.
Similar to luxury vinyl flooring and wood flooring, you can easily clean tiles with a vacuum, sweep, or mop! Add area rugs to soften the surface and provide more comfort.
Have you got pets? What type of flooring do you have in your home? I’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments below!