Selecting new flooring can be exciting. There are so many options to choose from and so many pros and cons to each type of flooring. If you have pets in your home, there are a few things that you should be sure to consider before getting your new flooring so that your flooring will last as long as possible and be comfortable and easy to maintain.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Pets often shed and may make messes. Carpets may not be the best alternative for a home with pets such as dogs or cats, as fur and hairballs may be difficult to completely clean out of the carpet and may cause permanent staining. Hardwood, laminate, tile, and linoleum may be easier to clean. Messes may be more of a consideration as animals age, too, so the future should be considered when selecting new flooring.
Wear from Habits
Different animals may have different habits and characteristics, so it is important to think of how your pet normally acts and what kind of damage they may cause your flooring. Dogs and cats may both chew and scratch carpeting, causing the thread to unravel. Dogs and cats may also be capable of lifting and destroying linoleum tiles or carpet tiles. Additionally, heavier dogs with long claws or mischievous cats may scratch hardwood and laminate, putting grooves in the surfaces.
Floors that are slippery and do not provide traction can be dangerous for animals. Dogs’ feet may slide on tile and linoleum flooring, causing them to fall or making it difficult for them to get up and down. Over time, animals may develop serious conditions after living in a home with floors that do not provide enough traction. If you wish to use flooring that does not provide traction, you may consider putting down area rugs to assist the animal or animals with getting up and down.
Pet Friendly Features
Some types of flooring may have pet friendly features. Certain types of carpeting may be stain resistant and have small loops that won’t snag easily on animals’ claws. Laminate or hardwood may be designed to be scratch resistant. When reviewing different types of flooring at a local flooring store (US), be sure to ask associates about options with pet friendly features.
Pricing and Durability
Some pet owners want a certain type of flooring that will be comfortable, even though they know it won’t last as long with the wear and tear from pets. In this case, it is wise to go with a lower cost option and expect to replace the flooring in a few years. Other pet owners would rather see the floors last longer, opting for a pricier solution that will stand up to pet wear. Store associates at your local floor shop (CA) will be able to provide guidance and make suggestions to suit the budget and preferences.
By: Amanda Fuller