It goes without saying that pets bring joy, love, and companionship to our lives, but they can also bring some challenges when it comes to maintaining a clean and durable home with flawless flooring.
Choosing the right flooring for a pet-friendly home is essential to ensure both the comfort of your furry friends and the longevity of your floors.
From durability to ease of maintenance, there are several factors to consider when choosing pet-friendly flooring options.
At Frank’s we will guide you through the process of choosing the right flooring that can withstand the demands of pet ownership while still maintaining a stylish and welcoming home.
Choose Durable Flooring Materials
When it comes to pets, durable floors are important. Therefore, we recommend looking for flooring materials that are known for their strength and resistance to scratches, stains, and wear.
Some excellent choices for pet-friendly flooring include laminate, luxury vinyl and certain types of engineered hardwood. These materials can withstand the impact of your pet’s claws and offer long-lasting performance.
Avoid Hardwood Flooring
While hardwood can be beautiful, it is susceptible to scratches and damage from pet nails. If you absolutely love the look of hardwood, consider harder species like oak, hickory, or bamboo, as they are more resistant to scratches.
You could also choose a matte or low-gloss finish to help conceal any scratches that may occur.
Look for Scratch-Resistant Surfaces
If you’re concerned about scratches on your floors, consider flooring options specifically designed to be scratch-resistant. Luxury vinyl tiles and laminate flooring often have protective coatings that make them more resistant to scratches.
Choose Waterproof or Water-Resistant Flooring
Accidents happen, so it’s important to choose flooring that can withstand the occasional pet mess.
Waterproof or water-resistant options, such as luxury vinyl tiles are an ideal choice. They can handle spills, accidents, and pet-related messes without sustaining damage or staining.
Consider Easy Maintenance
Pets can bring dirt and fur into your home, so it’s crucial to choose floor materials that are easy to clean and maintain. Avoid floors with deep grout lines or textured surfaces that can trap pet hair and debris.
Smooth and easy-to-clean surfaces like laminate and vinyl allow for a quick and effortless cleanup.
Prioritise Slip-Resistant Flooring Surfaces
Pets, especially older ones, may struggle with traction on slippery surfaces. Opt for materials that provide slip resistance to prevent accidents and injuries.
Textured surfaces, such as luxury vinyl with embossed textures, can provide better traction for your furry friends.
Consider Noise Reduction
Some pets, particularly dogs, can create noise when walking or playing on hard surfaces. If noise reduction is a concern, consider carpet or certain types of luxury vinyl with built-in sound-absorbing properties.
These options can help reduce noise levels and create a quieter environment for both you and your pets.
Think About Allergies
If you or your family members have pet allergies, it’s essential to choose floors that minimises allergen buildup.
Hard surfaces like hardwood are generally easier to keep free of pet dirt and allergens compared to carpets. However, regular cleaning, vacuuming, and proper ventilation are still necessary to maintain a healthy indoor environment.
Discover a wide range of high quality options 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.