We know you love your furry friend, but there are a few things Fido does that can ruin your beautiful new floors. Aside from using preventative measures, choosing appropriate flooring for your dogs will save your money and your sanity.
Here are a few flooring options we recommend in your home if you have or plan on having a dog:
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
LVT is always a good choice for families with dogs. Its durability is especially useful if your pup hasn’t had his nails trimmed in a while. These floors are long lasting and moisture resistant – ensuring that even a puppy in house training doesn’t destroy your floor.
Luxury Vinyl is also a great choice because of its easy maintenance and repair. Sometimes accidents are unavoidable. So, it’s better to be able to easily replace or repair the problem-area rather than tearing up the entire flooring. Vinyl can come in tiles or planks, so both options can be easy to fix if needed.
Laminate is a popular choice among homeowners with dogs for many of the same reasons vinyl is. It’s both durable and moisture resistant and like vinyl, it’s easy to replace if needed. The price range varies between the two floorings, but both are good choices for dogs. Maybe best of all, both vinyl and laminate can achieve the look of hardwood flooring – flooring we know would not be ideal with dogs in the house.
Like laminate, bamboo is another great option if you want to achieve the natural, wood look. This option is very durable, scratch resistant, and stain resistant, which makes it easier to watch your dog run across your brand new floors. Since not all bamboo flooring is created equal, be sure to review the Janka test rating of the floor before choosing. The higher the rating, the harder and more durable the floor. Not only is this option easy to maintain and keep clean, it is very sustainable. These reasons, along with a great price point, make it a great option for you and your furry friend.
This is a perfect alternative for kitchens, bathrooms and foyers. Tile is not only a classic flooring for these locations because of its durability and water resistance, but it’s a great option for a home with a dog as well. Tiles may be susceptible to larger scratches, but a dog’s nails shouldn’t inflict much damage. If you find your ceramic tiles have dulled over time, waxing and buffing them is a great technique to get them looking like new.
Ceramic tiles also make it easier to clean up any spills or accidents. Just be sure to mop them as soon as possible! The grout in between the tiles will be more difficult to keep clean.
FLOORS TO AVOID
No matter how hard you try, carpeting will eventually succumb to damages made by dogs. Stains, worn spots, and tears are all very possible with any pet in the house. The best solution for existing carpeting in your house? Train your dog to avoid these areas and only allow them to be on the appropriate flooring. Provide your best friend with a dog bed or rug for them to lie on when in the other parts of the house. If they have a comfy place to sleep, they might be less inclined to migrate to carpeted surfaces in the house.
Hardwood flooring is certainly one to avoid, though some homeowners are willing to take the risk. If you can’t resist the look and feel of authentic hardwood floors, there are ways around having both pets and hardwood flooring in the house. The best method is to watch your dog during potty training! Moisture will ruin hardwood if left to sit. And, unfortunately, dog accidents are even more damaging to the wood stains and finishes.
Also make sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and filed smooth. Many nail clippers leave a sharp edge, which can do additional damage to the floors. Even with regular filing and clipping, nails will eventually scratch the surface in some way. If you find this is the case, then you’ll have to accept refinishing your floors every 5-10 years (Not a bad routine anyhow). You might even consider choosing a finish that errs on the dull side. Scratches are less noticeable on this surface and it can prolong the time between finishes.
For more information, contact a Flooring Professional near you today.