If you are in the ‘new year, new home’ spirit and looking to renovate your place, choosing the right flooring as a pet owner requires some important considerations. At Frank’s, we can recommend the best options if you have four-legged friends running around!

Sometimes finding flooring that suits your personal style and accommodates your pets can seem like a challenge. However, with so many practical choices available at our stores you’ll find the decision-making process a breeze. Find your local store here.

If you are wondering where to start when it comes to choosing flooring that will withstand the wear and tear of cats and dogs, continue reading to learn the best options to suit you and your pet’s needs.

What to consider 

It’s completely possible to choose flooring that looks beautiful yet supports the lifestyle of your dog – you just need to know what you’re looking for! 

  • Scratch resistance – Cats and dogs can cause a lot of damage with their nails, so scratch resistance is a really important factor when comparing flooring materials. 
  • Comfort – Every pet owner wants their animal to be comfortable and safe. Different floor types offer various comfort and traction levels, so it’s worth knowing what’s what.
  • Maintenance – Choosing floors that aren’t tedious to maintain will make life much easier as a pet owner.
  • Water & stain resistance – If your pet can be prone to accidents or likes to spill their water, finding flooring that won’t stain or ruin easily will ensure a pristine look for the long haul. 

Pet friendly flooring options

Choosing a practical material that can withstand accidents, scratches and dirt is important for the longevity and quality of your floors. 

Luxury vinyl flooring

Vinyl is an extremely durable and cost effective flooring material for those who own pets. Today’s advancements in vinyl can replicate the look of hardwood and other natural materials such as stone and tile, with the added benefit of being scratch resistant and long lasting.

The affordable price and hard wearing capabilities of LVT make it one of the best choices for pet owners who want pristine floors that will withstand the wear and tear pets cause. Luxury vinyl is also easy to clean and maintain and available in a wide variety of styles. 

Laminate 

Laminate flooring is constantly praised for its durability and ability to withstand scratches, which makes it a great choice for highly active pets in the household. 

It has a similar appearance to vinyl but more accurately mimics hand-scraped or distressed woods due to the surface detail and texture. While not as waterproof as other flooring types, it’s easy to clean and one of the most affordable options.

Engineered hardwood 

If you don’t want to sacrifice the look of hardwood floors, engineered hardwood is a cost effective alternative. Manufactured with a thin layer of natural hardwood on top, it emulates the appearance of natural wood floors and typically lasts longer. 

While this flooring type can handle surface moisture if cleaned quickly, it is not as water resistant as vinyl and excessive moisture may cause permanent damage. However, there are protective finishing options to make it a more viable option for pet owners. 

Discover a wide range of durable and practical flooring solutions for pets at your local Frank’s. Pop down to your nearby store and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect flooring to transform your home.

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