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Choosing a flooring solution for your home is important as it should coincide with both your lifestyle and budget. When determining what type of flooring you would like, you should take having a pet into definite consideration. Between dog and cat claws, toys and messes, pets often contribute more to the wear and tear of your flooring and ultimately shorten its lifespan. To prevent damage from occurring and ensure the longevity of your new flooring, DUNCAN Flooring Specialist suggests taking a look at some pet-friendly options:
Vinyl is known for being a great flooring solution in places where there is a high volume of foot traffic. This type of flooring is water, stain and spill resistant, durable and affordable. Vinyl feels softer and warmer under foot, absorbing pressure and lessening fatigue as you walk – making it a great solution for both humans and their furry friends. Now, most of the rolled sheet good products are a flexible material (easier to work with and install), available in a variety of colors and patterns or the current trending realistic wood or tile looking, free-lay or interlocking planks or squares. It is probably one of the easiest floors to maintain.
Stone is a natural material, unique in its appearance that generally is extremely durable. Pet owners can count on stone to be somewhat stain-resistant (when properly sealed – be sure to discuss this with your DUNCAN professional consultant) and in most cases, scratch-resistant. Maintaining this type of floor is painless. Similar to ceramic tile, natural stone can be cold when in contact with your feet – which is why introducing area rugs in those spaces would be beneficial.
Not only is cork an environmentally conscious flooring solution, but it is also a good material for pets. This type of flooring is both hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which helps keep your house clean despite its four-legged friends. Cork is harvested from a renewable resource that comes from the bark of cork oak trees. Despite its density, be sure to choose a sealed cork product. While it is a great “back-to-nature/green” choice, it can still sustain damage from high-heeled footwear or dog and cat claws. It is easy to maintain and does tend to absorb sound.
Ceramic tile is long-lasting and very versatile. The tiles are easy to clean and resistant to scratches, stains and odors — all of which are helpful when there are pets present. You can purchase ceramic tile in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Be sure to use self-sealing grout to avoid pet (and human) future discoloration from unexpected “accidents” or cleaning solutions. While tile can be cold on your feet as well as your pets, this can be resolved by adding area rugs or investing in a programable, electric floor heating system which is strategically positioned prior to the tile installation.
While it may not seem like carpet is the best option, our pet-friendly carpet begs to differ! DUNCAN Flooring Specialist offers carpet that resists difficult pet stains and releases hair with ease. There is now new carpeting with a special, liquid-spill-proof backing which prevents “accidents” from soaking through the carpet to the carpet cushion and being absorbed by the sub-floor causing a constant, undesirable lingering odor. This makes thorough carpet cleaning much more attainable.
Bamboo is very similar to hardwood flooring in terms of look and feel (and is another natural, renewable resource). It is a good choice for households with pets because of its durability. Pre-finished bamboo flooring is stain-resistant, making it easy to clean up any messes caused by your pets. It is available in many different colors. The installation and maintenance process is fairly easy. Remember: Controlled humidity levels are a “must have” with bamboo!
If you’re in the market for pet-friendly flooring, look no further than DUNCAN Flooring Specialist and its professional consultants. We carry a wide selection of high-performance, well-designed and affordable flooring solutions for any area in your home. Our experts will deliver when it comes to making sure all of your flooring needs are met. Contact us today!