Searching for a new type of flooring is never easy and will always welcome a lot of challenges to overcome. Not only do you have to make sure you find the right style and design to match the rest of your home’s interior, but you also want to find the best material possible.
The new flooring process is made that much more difficult for pet owners that want to ensure their flooring is built for long-term, heavy usage. As much as we love our pets, we know how destructive and careless they can be — especially when it comes to those newly installed floors!
It doesn’t matter what room your new flooring is going in, it’s important that you search for a pet-friendly flooring option that satisfies your dogs and cats as much as it satisfies you and the rest of your household. Trust us, you won’t want to settle for anything less and you know it!
Qualities Your Pet-Friendly Flooring Must Have
Before you begin your search for pet-friendly flooring options, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure you’re matched with the right material. The style and look of it will largely be up to you and your preference, but there are other deeming qualities that matter more.
Below, we’re going to detail some of the most prominent qualities your pet-friendly flooring must-have, especially if you’re interested in a long-lasting flooring option. Considering the investment you’re looking at, this will be mightily important to you, so let’s take a look:
Dogs and cats are careless, especially when it comes to their water bowls and coming in from outside. With waterproof flooring or at least water-resistant flooring, you don’t have to worry about water damage welcoming mold and mildew into your home.
Living in a home with dogs and cats running around means your floors are susceptible to scratches (whether you like it or not). With scratch-resistant flooring, you’re protected against the normal wear and tear that comes with owning a pet.
If you have a dog or cat roaming around the house, especially if they’re left unsupervised often, you have to prepare for the inevitable. This includes any type of pet accidents or spills that don’t involve water. With a stain-resistant floor, you don’t have to worry!
If you’re interested in adding carpet to your home, it’s always best to search for carpet that’s labeled as hypoallergenic. Since dogs and cats often shed, your hypoallergenic carpet won’t trap as much pet hair and pet dander. This is great for those with allergy concerns.
Easy to Maintain
Dealing with all the messes, spills, shedding, and other accidents that occur when you own a pet can be exhausting. That’s why you need a flooring option that’s both easy to clean and easy to maintain on a weekly basis. Without it, you’ll be struggling to keep up with your pets!
The final quality you should look for in a flooring type that provides a comfortable underfoot. Not only does this benefit you when walking on it, but it benefits your pet’s adorable little paws. The harder the surface, the harder it is on your feet and their paws!
Best Flooring for Dogs & Cats
Now that you have a better idea of what you should be looking for in your new pet-friendly floors, you’re probably wondering what types of flooring work the best. Don’t worry, you have a ton of different options to choose from and they come in a wide range of unique styles and designs.
Five of the most popular floor materials today are ceramic tile flooring, engineered wood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, and hypoallergenic carpeting. Since they each come with their own unique benefits for pet owners, we’ll explain each one in more detail below!
Ceramic Tile Flooring
Ceramic tile flooring is usually made of sand, clay, and water. It’s designed to resemble the look of stone and comes in a wide range of beautiful styles. Better yet, they’re easy to clean, easy to maintain, durable, 100% waterproof, and antimicrobial. You and your pets will absolutely fall in love with this type of flooring!
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered wood floors are starting to give the solid hardwood flooring a run for its money. It has two layers, the top is made of solid wood and the bottom is made of thick high-density plywood. They’re extremely durable, very stylish, antimicrobial, easy to clean, and easy to maintain for long-term, heavy use.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring is quickly becoming a homeowner’s favorite type of flooring, not to mention how effective it is for pet owners. It has three layers to it — a vinyl bottom layer, a design middle layer that resembles stone or wood, and a wear layer on top for protection. It’s durable, 100% waterproof, antimicrobial, easy to clean, and easy to maintain.
Laminate flooring isn’t our top recommendation for pet owners, but it’s not the worst option — especially with the technology we have today. It has three layers to it — a high-density plywood base, a design middle layer, and a top wear layer for protection. It’s 100% waterproof, durable, antimicrobial, easy to maintain, and easy to clean.
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective flooring option available today, look no further than hypoallergenic carpeting. It’s designed to reduce the number of allergens, dust, mold, mildew, dirt, pet dander, and more allergy triggers that get trapped inside. It’s also easy to clean, easy to maintain, and antimicrobial.
Shop Our Wide Variety Today!
At 360 Roomz, we have a wide variety of pet-friendly flooring options for you to decide between. Better yet, we stand by your side every step of the way to ensure you’re making the best decision for you, your family, and your adorable furry loved ones. It’s the 360 Roomz guarantee.
When you’re ready to take advantage of your free, in-home consultation with one of our flooring experts, either give us a call or schedule your appointment on our website. We can’t wait to ‘wow’ you with our generous financing options, next-day installation, and wide selection!