Choosing Pet-Friendly Flooring
When considering flooring in a household that has furry family members, you have to be concerned about what can hold up to scratches, stains, and accidents, as well as be safe. There are pros and cons about each type of flooring so it will depend on what objectives you believe are the most important.
- Antimicrobial- If you are concerned about germs and bacteria, as well as allergens, choosing a flooring that has antimicrobial traits is a wise choice. For example, bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, so you won’t need to worry. It is also more stain and scratch resistant compared to standard hardwood floors. Cork flooring is another flooring material that is naturally antimicrobial and is a viable option if you would like something sound absorbing, as well as warm and pliant underfoot.
- Scratch Resistant– As noted, bamboo has a natural hardness that makes it scratch resistant, but you can also consider tile, such as stone, porcelain, and ceramic tile. These choices are easy to clean up after accidents. The drawback is they can be cold and loud underfoot. Your pets may find themselves sliding across the floor as tile offers very little slip resistance.
- Water Resistant– There are many flooring options that are water resistant, such as tile and vinyl. There are also some new flooring materials that are considered 100% waterproof.
- Comfortable– Nothing beats the comfort of carpeting. If you have well-trained dogs or don’t mind needing it cleaned often, it can be the best option if you want your dog to be comfortable. There are several styles these days that are highly stain resistant and with a waterproof padding, carpeting can work out well.
If you would like assistance choosing flooring for your home that will be comfortable and durable with pets involved, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Complete Kitchen & Bath. We offer a wide variety of flooring options and provide flooring installation so you can be confident it will give you the performance you need. Call today to learn more.