Many households have a pet, but they can be tough on floors. To help you find the most durable flooring for your animal friends, here's an overview of some of the most popular types of flooring and how they might hold up with cats and dogs around.
One of the biggest problems with pets and floors is scratching, especially if you don’t keep your pets' nails trimmed. Pets also shed and occasionally forget that they're housebroken.
But don't fret, we have good news: Even with a scratchy, furry, accident-prone pet at home, it can still be possible to have beautiful floors. You just need to find the right type!
Fortunately, many of today's most durable flooring options are both pet-friendly and big on style, so you don't need to pick one or the other. Whether you want the best flooring for dogs or the best flooring for cats, here are some options and considerations to keep in mind.
Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option for families with pets. Luxury vinyl tile and vinyl sheet are highly durable, long-lasting, and resistant to moisture, scratches and dents. They are also easy to maintain. Vinyl tile is easy to clean, easy to install and affordable.
Whichever vinyl you choose, you're sure to enjoy this benefit: it's great for softening the sound of your pet’s nails when they walk across the floor!
Luxury vinyl tile is an excellent choice for homes with furry companions. It comes in luxurious wood looks with a textured surface that’s not only convincingly real but provides slip resistance to padded paws.
Laminate flooring can be the most durable flooring for pets if yours has the run of the house. Laminate floors give you the look of traditional hardwood, natural stone, or even metal, in a durable surface that stands up to most of the rough treatment dogs and cats can dish out.
When shopping for laminate flooring, steer away from smooth or high gloss finishes that can cause your pet to slip and slide. Laminate’s scratch- and water-resistant wear layer takes the worry out of pets tracking water on the floor. Just make sure to quickly wipe up spills after they happen.
All of our laminate floors have the VisionGuard™ wear layer that helps to protect against scratches, stains and scuffs. Laminate is also easy to clean. Just dust mop or vacuum regularly and use a mop and Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner for a thorough cleaning.