With 5.7 million households having pets, Australians have one of the highest pet ownership rates. There are a variety of pet-friendly flooring options to stand up to your requirements.
While planning flooring for a house with pets, one should consider the following things,
- Waterproof or Water-Resistant-Your pets may often spill food and water on the floor, no matter how well you train them.
- Scratch-Resistant-Claws and nails can cause damage to the floor and end up resulting in scratches on the floor; pet nails are much harder than ours.
- Easy to Clean and Maintain- Whatever type of flooring you install, keeping it clean is the first rule for maintenance. Keeping your flooring clean also reduces the chances of having dirt and debris on the floor.
- Odour resistance & Odour Treatments-Pets tend to leave streaks of odour at times that may be trapped by fibrous carpets when compared to other types of flooring.
Our experts have summed up the best type of flooring for pet-friendly homes; each flooring has its benefits and drawbacks.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury Vinyl flooring is one of the best choices as they give a better look, but some can also resemble stone, tiles or hardwood with its versatile appearance. Luxury vinyl flooring comes in two options; luxury vinyl planks (LVP), and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), both of which work well for homes with pets.
Vinyl floors are very durable and easy to maintain; they can withstand many circumstances that arise with pets. Provides a soft underfoot feel that’s comfortable for pets while walking or resting.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
When planning for hardwood flooring in a house with pets, it’s better to opt for engineered hardwood flooring; the best way to hide scratches on hardwood is to choose the ones with thick veneers or a rustic look.
With engineered hardwood flooring installed, make sure to clean the spills as soon as possible to protect the floor, though engineered hardwood is more water-resistant than traditional hardwood.
Flooring to Avoid in House with Pets
When your goal is to get pet-friendly flooring, some flooring is best avoided.
Carpets with highly plush fibres are obviously avoided unless you choose something that’s specially designed to be pet-friendly. Carpets could also be considered in cases where your pet is well trained and experienced, we have range of pet friendly carpets such as triexta.
Some accidents or spills can damage hardwood flooring, and they can also easily get scratched, so it’s generally better to avoid traditional hardwood flooring.
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