Austin is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the US. Naturally, we meet a lot of people who want to consider their pets when choosing new flooring as pets can be the cause of scratches and stains. However, homeowners also want to make sure their pets are comfortable and safe in their homes and that can factor into their flooring decisions.
Durable Hard Surface Flooring
If you have your heart set on hardwood flooring, you can still successfully have it even with big dogs in the house. Choosing a material that is scratch-resistant is the key. Consider hardwoods with a high hardness rating including oak, hickory, and maple. Going with a hand-scraped or distressed finish will help mask regular wear and tear.
Luxury vinyl, also known as LVP (luxury vinyl plank), is a popular choice for families with pets. This forgiving surface is waterproof, easy to clean and sections can be replaced individually in many cases. As a bonus, LVP is available in finishes that mimic the look of hardwood or even stone, so you get the best of both worlds.
Tile or natural stone are also good options. Opt for the least porous stones to avoid staining.
Do You Prefer Softer Flooring?
For pets mor than their humans, the downside of hard flooring surfaces is how difficult it can be to get traction when you have fur and paws. Young pets likely won’t have any issues at all, but older or disabled pets can really struggle.
Stain-resistant carpeting has come a long way and the options are widely varied. It’s a great, softer option when considering how your pets will factor into your flooring selections. Look for products with built-in stain protection technology that repels spills and accidents. Looped carpets, like Berber, are more likely to end up with pulls from claw snags.
Cork flooring is a less traditional, but good option that gives you the best of both worlds. It is softer than the true hard surfaced floors, but smooth and easy to clean. It’s also naturally resistant to mold and mildew. It could show some wear over time, but is naturally resilient and eco-friendly as a bonus.
Stop by our showroom and take a look, and a feel, of the options available. In the meantime, you can add some area rugs to high-traffic areas to prevent damage and add traction for those zoomie moments. Keeping pets’ nails trimmed is also helpful both now and when you have shiny new floors to protect. Schedule your estimate today.