Just like other members of a family, pets occupy a special place in your heart. When they aren’t spread out on your lap or taking up half the space in the bed, they spend a great amount of time on the floor. You may have never considered your pet’s needs when it comes to picking a flooring surface. Not all flooring is created equal when it comes to owning pets. Ask yourself, which flooring option is easiest to clean? Which is the most quiet? Which alternative is going to withstand the foot-traffic which comes with owning a pet? If you are a pet owner, consider these 5 options when it is time to change or replace the floor in your home.
Cork–An environmentally safe option, cork flooring is designed to diminish the expansion of allergens, including mold. When your animal is prancing all over a cork floor, have no fear; as long as you clean the floor regularly, it will not scratch. Cork flooring also absorbs sound better than any other choice. No more waking up in the early hours when Fido goes to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
Vinyl–Clean, quiet, and safe, vinyl is an excellent selection for pets or children. Very low in allergens, it is also very easy to clean and maintain. While not quite as sound absorbent as cork, it is another very quiet option.
Bamboo–The absolute hardest and toughest flooring surface, bamboo with stand up to more foot traffic than any other option. A renewable surface, bamboo is not only a great green choice, but is also stain resistant. Many customers choose bamboo as a compromise between the durability of hardwood, and the convenience of vinyl flooring.
Porcelain or Ceramic Tile–Scratching tile is not an easy thing to do, so many homeowners prefer porcelain or ceramic tile to withstand the wear and tear of pets. As an added plus, pet urine will not stain as it would on hardwood alternative. The downside to this option is that the hardness is not ideal for the comfort of your pets, but pet beds and other fabric offerings can aid in their satisfaction.
Stone Tile–Probably considered the best option for maintenance and longevity, stone tiling is potentially the worst in terms of pet comfort. In general, maintenance costs are lower and longevity is better for tile made from the strongest stone materials. If pet comfort is a priority, select a softer stone, but be prepared for slightly less ideal upkeep and replacement costs.
So, take these questions into consideration next time you shop for flooring. Each pet and pet owner is unique and there is no correct answer to any of these questions. Hopefully, this list will help you determine which type of flooring is the best fit for you and your pet friends.