Best Flooring Options for Homes with Dogs
If you share your home with a dog, you know the house is just as much theirs as it is yours, at least in their mind. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t responsible for keeping the house clean; that’s your job. However, that job can be made much easier in homes which have the right types of flooring to make it easier to clean up after man’s best friend.
Choosing a flooring product that is scratch-resistant, less prone to wear and tear, and easier to clean will greatly reduce the amount of time spent cleaning up after your faithful companion. Thanks to the expanding array of flooring options on the market, there are several canine-friendly choices, so you shouldn’t feel limited.
Here are some of the best flooring options for homes with a furry, extra member of the family:
In the past, vinyl flooring was considered, probably rightfully so, to be cheap and tacky-looking. That’s no longer the case now, as modern vinyl flooring is sophisticated while remaining affordable. Importantly for homes with dogs, vinyl flooring is resistant to scratches, stains, and water.
Maintaining your vinyl flooring is much simpler than many other types of flooring, as sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping is often all that needs to be done in order to keep it looking brand new. Vinyl flooring is also antimicrobial, meaning it will not allow the growth of bacteria that your dog may bring in with it from the outside.
With so many different types and colors on the market, tile flooring is a versatile option that can blend well with any interior design. Whether you are looking for marble, porcelain, ceramic, stone, or granite, tile flooring is a great choice to make a home more dog-friendly. Like vinyl flooring, tile flooring is resistant to scratch and water.
For those who are searching for a wood look, there are several faux wood tile products that are perfect for dog-friendly homes. These products give you the wood look you want with the convenience of tile. The one drawback of tile flooring is that it can get cold during the winter, so you may need an area rug or pet bed in the tiled room, so your canine can rest comfortably.
Those homeowners who want the look of hardwood but may shy away from it due to having a dog may also want to consider laminate flooring. In addition to hardwood appearance, laminate flooring can also take on the look of natural materials such as stone. Similar to the previous two options, laminate flooring is also easy to clean and maintain. It’s also resistant to scuffs, scratches, and water.
Some types of laminate flooring may not be a good fit for homes with a dog because they may not offer the traction needed for rambunctious dogs that run through the house at full speed. This issue can be resolved by choosing a laminate flooring option that has a textured surface. Textured laminate flooring will not cause too much of a difference in price and will make the surface much safer for everyone in the house, whether human or canine.
If you’ve been planning on upgrading the flooring in your home but have put it off due to concerns regarding your pets, it’s time to change that. Here at Dan’s Wholesale Carpet & Flooring, we have a variety of flooring products that are dog-friendly and make cleaning up after your canine much less time-consuming. If you’re ready to upgrade, feel free to call us at 833-SHOP-123 or stop by any of our northeast Ohio locations!