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.
1. Resistance to scratches
2. Resistance to damage (wear and dirt)
3. Potentially water-resistant
4. Pet traction
5. 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.
Available in 9 colors
Another great value twist carpet with beautiful greys and soft brown tones. Available with both a felt or action backing, it can be laid anywhere. It’s a do-all carpet; soft, hard wearing and it comes with an appealing ‘heathered’ flecked appearance. Bleach solution cleanable.
Available in 19 colors
A popular carpet in a wealth of soft pastel shades from cool greys to warm browns. From the leading maker Cormar, this high quality twist has a ‘heathered’ finish in certain shades and has a 9mm pile, combined with a ‘action’ backing for ease of fitting and durability.
Vinyl flooring make ideal choices for most pet owners. Compared to other flooring you can find affordable options for vinyl and it can be installed almost anywhere in your home. Vinyl offers a safe slip resistant surface that will provide great traction for your pet and help avoid any nasty scuffs and scratches from their nails. It's also a practical option due to the material it’s made from, making spillages easy to clean and helping provide low levels of allergens.
Available in 10 colors
Bold geometric designs feature in this range and replicate the look of both vintage and modern tiled floors. Great for halls, but also bathrooms and kitchens with a wide range of colours available. A 2.6mm thick foam backing adds comfort, warmth and sound insulation.
Although laminate might not be your first thought due to it’s surface reducing yours pet’s traction dramatically, there are still great options to make it work in your home. Instead of choosing a high gloss look we recommend going with a textured or embossed finish to help reduce the chances of your pet slipping. If you’re considering laminate in your living room, you could contemplate adding a rug in the centre to provide extra traction for your pet. Some laminates are also water resistant making them ideal in case of any spillages.