With so many dog owners in the US, what are the best flooring options for your dog?
While there’s much that divides our great nation right now, there’s one thing that unites many of us; our love for our dogs. It’s estimated that 63.4 million U.S. households own a dog, the most popular type of pet. Whether you are a family homeowner or a property investor, it’s important to consider making homes as dog-friendly as possible.
The household flooring is one of the key aspects of making your property dog-friendly with the following three key points worth considering:
- Ease of cleaning
- Stain and odor resistance
Below are some common flooring options to consider.
Vinyl or laminate is a great, practical option for dog-friendly homes. Good quality materials are durable and easy to clean and maintain, so it ticks all the boxes. If some of your family members suffer from allergies, vinyl or laminate is ideal since pet hair will be easily cleaned away, unlike carpets, where it can be trapped in the pile. Vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping after little accidents are all quick and easy with laminate or vinyl planks or tiles.
While timber floors are an option, vinyl or laminate is a cost-effect alternative. Modern options have become more sophisticated and can provide a similar look and feel to real, hardwood flooring. The downside with timber floors is that it’s typically more prone to scratching and scuffs and requires more ongoing maintenance.
Tile & Stone Flooring
As hard flooring options, ceramic tiles or stone flooring offers many of the same attributes as vinyl or laminate flooring. Just like vinyl and laminate, most of the time, it’s great for young pups who may still be potty-training since it’s easily cleaned up. Some natural stones such as slate can be a little trickier to clean up than the man-made alternatives since they are textured and slightly porous if not sealed. For dogs who have long nails, tiles and stone flooring is extremely durable so it won’t scratch or mark.
Yes, carpet is probably one of the least practical flooring options for dog lovers; however, you should not completely rule it out. Most of us would assume carpet is a poor option since the fabric is absorbent, meaning it could stain or leave an odor, and it may not be as durable as some hard flooring options. The reality is carpet manufacturers have improved the product range significantly in recent years, providing a more durable range of options.
Some carpets have now been designed specifically with pet owners in mind, providing stain and odor resistance. With a well-trained dog and a suitable cleaning process, a carpet could still be a viable option for your needs.
Carpets provide a cozy, warm feel for your family, including your canine. After all, they’re a valued part of the family. Carpet also provides insulation and soft cushioning, making a great place for your dog and other family members to recline and play together.
Select a carpet that has great wear resistance and stain and odor protection as a must. Some carpets also come with pet guarantees for home use. Just make sure you read the fine print.
Sometimes it’s a balancing act when it comes to flooring for dog-friendly homes. You may opt for carpets in bedrooms, living and lounge areas that get less foot traffic and select a hard flooring option for the home’s busy areas that could do with a little more durability.