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Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Pet

When considering flooring for your home, it’s hard to forget your furry friend. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly floor, there are a number of factors to take into account: durability, stain resistance, and pet traction. Certain types of flooring are more easily damaged by dirt, stains, or even pets’ nails. Some floors can be uncomfortable for your pet, especially if the floor provides little traction. The following tips will help you select the best type of flooring for Fluffy.

Carpet
Think you can’t have carpeting with pets?  Think again! Carpet is a comfortable place for your dog or cat to rest their paws.  New technologies have made some carpets less absorbent, preventing subfloor damage in case of an accident. Fur is easily vacuumed away. It is important to choose a non-looped carpet style to prevent damage from Fido’s nails getting caught in the piling. There are no worries about traction with carpet, as it is skid-proof. Carpet can be a cozy and attractive flooring choice for pet owners in places like bedrooms and living rooms.

Luxury Vinyl Plank
Luxury vinyl plank flooring is an ideal choice for your home when you have pets. This flooring is very durable and has lifetime waterproof and structural warranties. It can withstand damage and scratches from pets’ nails. Luxury vinyl plank  is also an easy cleanup when it comes to dirt, stains, and fur. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is great for high-traffic areas in the home such as foyers and kitchens.

Hardwoods and Laminate
Most pet owners would be advised against using laminate and hardwood floors. They provide little traction and are not ideal for accidents. Urine can easily soak into the wood or through to the subfloor. Some woods can be easily scratched by pets’ nails.

However, hardwood floors are a rapidly growing trend in modern homes. They can be easily swept or vacuumed to clear fur, and can be a cool surface for your pet to relax. Certain woods and laminates are less prone to absorption and are therefore more durable. Harder woods like bamboo, cherry, and oak are best for pet-friendly homes.

Tile
While tile may seem like a skidding hazard, with the right grout style, your pet will feel safe on this flooring. Tile is an easy cleanup for accidents, and can be easily swept or vacuumed to get rid of pesky fur. Tile is a cool and relaxing surface where your furry friend can lie down on a hot day. Water resistance makes tile a great choice for rooms prone to moisture like bathrooms and kitchens. Tile is resistant to scratching as well, making it ideal for pet traffic.

Schedule a Flooring Consultation Today
At Signature Flooring, our design experts can help you decide what the best flooring is for you and your pet’s lifestyle. Call Signature Flooring at (919) 304-3010 to schedule a free consultation. You can also stop by our showroom in Mebane, NC, to meet with our friendly staff and choose the right floor for your home.

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