The Best Floors for Pet Owners
It can be challenging for Calgarians to balance being a pet owner and a homeowner. The fact is, pets can be messy, and they’re hard on a house. When they’re young they can have accidents, they spill their water bowls, cover your home in muddy pawprints, and claws can destroy flooring faster than you’d believe possible. So what’s a pet-parent to do?
Laminate Flooring. High quality laminate flooring is one of the best choices for pet owners with dogs. Not only does laminate flooring look great and closely resemble the hardwood look so many Calgarians want, it’s incredibly durable. The right laminate flooring will be impervious to water (and accidents!), scratch resistant, and easy to clean. A quick wipe with a wet cloth and those muddy pawprints will vanish. Laminate flooring can be slick and hard on a dog’s hips though. Always choose your laminate with an embossed or textured finish to prevent slipping.
Tile Flooring. Whether you choose stone or ceramic tile, you’ll find this flooring option can really stand up to pets. It’s water proof, stain and scratch resistant, easy to clean, and super durable. However, tile flooring can be hard on both pet and people feet. It can also be slippery. If you choose this flooring, pick which rooms will have tile carefully.
Cork Flooring. This environmentally friendly flooring is springy and doesn’t dent easily. Cork has natural anti-microbial properties that will help to keep your pets (and any kids spending time on the floor) healthy and safe from germs. Cork is also sound absorbent and will muffle the sound of paws running across your living room. On the downside, cork isn’t as waterproof as laminate and any spills or accidents will need to be cleaned up quickly. Cork should also be swept every day to prevent dirt and other small particles causing tiny tears that may lead to visible damage.
There are a ton of flooring options for homeowners with pets, but it’s a good idea to keep both your pet and your budget and mind. A good quality, textured laminate or porcelain tile may be two of the more affordable choices, but both of these options will require pet beds or comfy rugs. Otherwise, you may see your pet develop hip issues from sleeping on the hard surface.
Timbertown is here to help you make the best decision for your home and circumstance. If you have any questions about which floors will stand up best to your pets (or kids!), come into the Timbertown closest to you today.