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May 19, 2014

Flooring and Pets: How to Live with Both

dog-tileYou love your pets, but you don’t love the damage that they can wreck on the beautiful floors throughout your home. If you’re in the market for new floors, don’t forget about your precious pooch (or kitty cat) when making a decision on the type and material of your new flooring.

Animals have claws, fur, and can leave unsightly stains; all of which can cause an awful lot of headaches for homeowners. Many different choices of flooring materials are available that can keep away the pet owner woes!

Best Flooring Materials to Consider for Pet Lovers

Laminate, Vinyl, and Tile

Pros: Simple to clean, easy to install and available in lots of options such as faux hardwood or patterns that can compliment your design throughout the home. A great option for pet owners because they do not scratch easily or warp from wetness. Vinyl also muffles sound which can help with the noise from a pets nails on the floor.
Cons: Can sometimes look a bit “cheap” depending upon the quality and brand.

Hardwood

Pros: The look of real hardwood floors is elegant and beautiful. Hardwood can be stained in many different shades and provide value to your home if traditional hardwood is throughout the house.
Cons: Can be expensive to install, however there are cheaper options that you can explore. A big disadvantage of hardwood with pets, is that most woods can be easily stained and/or warped with wetness or pet urine.

Bamboo

Pros: Bamboo is stainless (no pet stains to worry about!), lightweight, and a trendy option to traditional flooring options. Bamboo is eco-friendly due to it’s rapid, sustainable growth; unlike hardwood which takes many years to repopulate after being cultivated from trees.
Cons: Expensive to install because most imports come from China. The import can offset the eco-friendly impacts from freight liner emissions. Also, heavy furniture may dent or scratch the bamboo, as it’s a softer wood overall compared to hardwood.

Cork

Pros: The cork material is much more comfortable for standing on long periods of time (can be great for kitchens). Cork comes in all sorts of colors, suitable for many design types.
Cons: Cork is still susceptible to moisture and damage because of the softness of material.

Protect Existing Floors

  • Trim pet’s nails
  • Keep toys in a separate room or outside
  • Keep water and food bowls in a separate room or place over a mat
  • Use welcome mats and make sure to wipe paws when pets enter and exit house!

Flooring Mistakes to Avoid

Choosing Price Over Everything Else

Don’t fall victim to choosing the cheapest option because of a small budget. There are many different options available from tons of different manufacturers and supply houses. Consider all factors, not just price, when choosing the right flooring for you and your four-legged family.

Choosing Fashion Trend Over Function

Especially if you are a pet owner, remember what type of flooring is necessary for your pets, as well as you. The latest trend in flooring can be a great asset for your design and remodel, however, it may be the exact opposite of what will withstand the everyday wear and tear of your family home. It also may bring the resale value down on your home if you choose something too extravagant. Flooring options come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and with a list of your must-haves you can find the right one for you.

Improper Installation

If you’re choosing to replace your existing floors, make sure to hire a professional who can properly install. If you’re a DIY person, it’s still a good idea to consult the appropriate vendors and contractors before installation.

Too Many Colors or Patterns

Often times, owners try to match existing floors throughout the home, or they add in a new pattern that clashes with existing floors. Be aware of how the new floor looks when up against the other floors in adjacent rooms. Flooring color and patterns can make a room look much smaller than it truly is, or it may clash against another floor type and be disastrous to your overall home design.

BOTTOM LINE: CONSIDER ALL FACTORS!

No matter your type of family lifestyle, make sure to factor in all considerations before choosing which type of flooring is best for you. When in doubt, contact a design specialist or a contractor for more details and options for your home. There is a flooring type that’s right for you! Don’t get bogged down with all of the options, you’ll find the perfect fit for you and your furry friends too!.

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