Flooring best suited for pets
For pet owners, choosing the right flooring for your home is a decision not to be taken lightly. Pets undoubtedly cause more wear and tear (scratches, dirt, stains) to your flooring. This is why we’ve put together this pet-friendly flooring guide that will hopefully help you in choosing the flooring best suited for you and your pets. We will examine several pros and cons for different flooring types, as well as several tips on how to prevent further damage on existing floors.
Before you begin reading further we thought it would be best to outline the five primary considerations when looking for pet-friendly flooring options. Whatever option you decide on we recommend keeping these qualities in your mind when making your decision.
- Resistance to scratches
- Resistance to damage (wear and dirt)
- Potentially water-resistant
- Pet traction
- Pet comfort
Why we recommend twist and saxony carpets over loop
Dogs and cats nails are definitely a big concern when it comes to some flooring types. Depending on your dog or cat's breed, their nail length could cause permanent damage to certain flooring options. That’s why when it comes to carpets we highly recommend saxony and twist over loop. This is due to loop carpets having a looped yarn that can easily be caught and snagged by pet's nails causing damage.
Saxony and twist carpets are comfortable underpaw and offer a soft landing solution for pets. They come in a variety of colours and in most cases we recommend heathered carpets as they will help hide any scuffs and dirt marks more effectively, especially the flecked style appearance. Saxony and twist carpets made from polypropylene are stain resistant, making it easily cleanable with a dilute bleach solution. These pros make both loop and twist carpet an effective choice for your pet-friendly home.