No matter how well it is maintained, all flooring that sees regular use has a lifespan. When it is time to replace your flooring, there are many options to consider. If you are a pet owner, it is important to take your pet’s use (or in some cases, abuse) of the floor into account.
Let’s be honest here, pet lovers; floors take a lot of abuse from even the most well-behaved animal. Between their nails, chewing, accidents, spit-up, and hair, pet owners have their hands full when it comes to caring for their pet and their floors. What follows is a brief synopsis of the pros and cons of each flooring type, as it relates to domestic animal ownership.
- Carpet – This is without question the most difficult flooring to care for with pets. Unlike less porous choices, the remains of accidents and other messes linger in the form of germs and odors. Household cleaners and vacuums can help but will rarely return the carpet to new. Pets do love the soft surface and if you are committed to having a carpeted space, be sure to invest in a high-quality vacuum.
- Hardwood – Timeless and beautiful, hardwood floors add value to your home and are enjoyable to walk and live on. However maintaining a hardwood floor with pets can be a challenge. Claw marks and water stains are the two most common issues. It is important to clean up any messes quickly to keep the moisture from warping the wood. To combat those scratches and gouges, a hardwood floor with pets will need to be refinished a little more frequently than one with less traffic. If you are committed to hardwood, go with one of the hardest varieties.
- Laminate – Laminate has everything a pet owner needs; easy care, worry-free accidents, and resistance to scratches. The only real drawback is to your pet. The slick surfaces can be difficult for fast moving dogs and cats to get traction on. If you go for a laminate, consider a high-end that has a little bit of texture to the surface. Your pet’s ability to move quickly on the floor will be improved as a result.
- Vinyl – Vinyl flooring has long been a popular choice for its durability. With all the same perks of laminate, vinyl planks have come a long way from the rolled sheets installed in every kitchen from the 50s through the 80s. The only real downside to vinyl is its tendency to fade or look dull over time. Be sure to get a high-end vinyl with a thick top layer to promote longevity.
- Tile – Ceramic tile, concrete, and stone are all popular flooring options that will withstand the wear of pets and be easy to clean, all while maintaining its original appearance. For your pet however, these floors can be cold and uncomfortable to lay on. If you go with a hard surface flooring, consider providing throw rugs and pet beds for your pet to have a warm place to relax.
The fact is there is no perfect flooring; especially when pets are involved. And you can make any flooring work depending on the level of maintenance you are prepared for. Once you’ve decided on a new floor, let Distinct Construction make sure that floor is installed properly, providing you (and your pet!) with years of beautiful, comfortable living!