5 Best Flooring Options for Pet OwnersDecember 1, 2022
If you’re in the process of designing your custom home, you’ve probably started to think through flooring options. And if you have pets, you probably are considering options that are durable and easy to clean. Here are a few of the best flooring options for pet owners:
1. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile, including porcelain tile, is a great flooring choice for pet owners. These glazed tiles are very durable, which is great for standing up against sharp cat claws or large dog paws. Ceramic tiles are also fairly resistant to stains and liquids, which makes them one of the best basement flooring options too.
Keep in mind that unglazed tile, like terracotta, is more susceptible to damage from scratches and stains. Ceramic tile is a very versatile flooring option for any home design since it comes in a variety of colors and designs.
Durable flooring is just one part of a pet-friendly home design. If you want the look of hardwood floors without the headache of maintaining them, bamboo is a great option. This flooring is made by processing natural bamboo fibers and pressing them into floor panels or planks.
Bamboo is a very strong material, making it very scratch-resistant to your pet’s jumping and running around. And due to the resin used in the treatment process, it’s also very stain and water-resistant as well.
However, bamboo is not a quiet material and won’t absorb as much noise as other flooring materials. You will hear your pet moving around anytime they’re on that flooring.
3. Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Flooring (or LVF) is another really popular flooring choice for pet owners. Since it’s thicker than typical vinyl flooring, LVF is much more durable. As opposed to typical vinyl flooring, LVF is much more scratch-resistant.
Luxury vinyl flooring comes in a variety of designs and colors. You can even find LVF that looks like more expensive materials like ceramic, wood, or stone. It’s a great economical choice for your home.
4. Natural Stone
Natural stone is most often associated with other natural materials, like terracotta or ceramic. Just like those materials, natural stone, like slate, is durable and strong and can be used for flooring.
Natural stone will need to be sealed to protect it. With proper care, your natural stone floor is guaranteed to last a long time and be resistant to scratches and stains.
While some may find concrete to be too industrial of a material to use in a home design, it is great for pet owners. Treatment options like polishing or texturing make this a nice way to incorporate concrete into a home design.
Make sure you seal your concrete flooring. Doing this will ensure your flooring is resistant to water, scratches, and stains. If you still think concrete is too cold for a home, warm up your flooring with washable rugs. This adds softness to your home while still keeping floors pet-friendly.
One drawback to polished concrete is that it can be slippery. This can be dangerous to pets if they like to run through your home as it can cause injuries.
These are just a few of the best flooring options for pet owners. When you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!