While we love our pets, they certainly can create a whirlwind of damage to the floors in our homes. Scratches, spills, and accidents are all a reality with pets, so selecting a floor to withstand damage and dirt is key. Below, let's take a look at some flooring materials best suited for life with pets.
For durability, laminate flooring is an easy front runner. This composite material is able to withstand a battery of abuse ranging from sharp claws running and playing across the floor, to water bowl spills and muddy paws.
Laminate flooring also comes in a wide range of plank sizes, colors, and finishes so you are sure to get the look you want in your home. Cleaning up after pets is simple with laminate flooring. Simply wipe or sweep up messes with a broom or vacuum and finish the floor with a micro fiber cloth and specialized laminate floor cleaner. Laminate flooring allows you to get the look and beauty of hardwood flooring with the durability to withstand the constant traffic and wear from pets.
Tile or Stone
Another hearty choice for flooring, both tile and natural stone flooring, are incredibly durable, especially when it comes to high-traffic areas. Tile can either be ceramic or porcelain, and both come in an endless range of colors, sizes, and textures.
This flooring choice is extremely easy to clean, and depending on the material and texture selected, can be scratch resistant. Maintenance for tile flooring is also easy. Sweep or vacuum any debris, and mop with a specified tile floor cleaner. Natural stone is another durable selection with easy clean up. Granite, marble, and slate all make excellent flooring choices that can hold up to even the busiest of animal households.
Hardwoods vs. Carpet
Take your pick on with either hardwood floors or carpeting, as each has its own pros and cons when it comes to pets. Hardwoods, while classic and beautiful, will still show scratches, even with the hardest of woods. Spills and accidents must be cleaned up quickly to avoid damaging the wood. Hardwood floors, however, are easy to clean, and pet hair and debris can be quickly swept or vacuumed.
Alternatively, carpet will not scratch and will continue to look great for years. Unfortunately, accidents, spills, and muddy paws can quickly stain carpet and can even penetrate to the padding underneath the carpet, which can lead to lingering smells. Although it is quite easy to vacuum carpeted floors, dander and pet hair can quickly become intertwined and embedded in the carpet fibers.
Contact Us Today
At UB Hardwoods and Flooring, we understand that installing new flooring is a big investment. Selecting the right flooring material as a pet owner can ensure your investment continues to hold up to the regular wear and tear pets can dish out, and remain beautiful.
To learn more about the various flooring options, we invite you to talk to one of our experts. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have or show you some samples so you can see and feel what will be installed in your home. Contact us today at 763-807-4500, or you can send us a message on our contact page.