Many Options Available for Pet-Friendly Flooring

Many Options Available for Pet-Friendly Flooring


Recently on an Internet chat list, the talk turned to pet-friendly flooring. If you are like most of us, you walk a fine line between wanting your home to be comfortable for family and friends, while also being suitable for your four legged companions.

Following (with permission from the list owner) are some of the comments and suggestions that were included in the on-line conversation.

From an article on flooring options that was forwarded by a list member:

Don’t just wait. Laminate. Go ahead and do it. The virtue of laminate flooring is that it combines the low maintenance factor of hardwood flooring with lower installation costs. More stain resistant than carpet and easier to repair than hardwood, this is the first place you should look for pet-friendly flooring. Laminate flooring is by no means invincible against pets, but it’s easy to clean, and if you buy extra flooring planks, easy to repair. Interestingly, pets are one of the few reasons you might consider a glued (instead of `floating’) laminate floor. Although it will make your floor less flexible, the glue can help protect seams in these floors.

Have the tile of your life. Stone or ceramic tile also produces a low-maintenance, low-cost option, though there are limits to where and how much of this flooring you should use in your home. Some areas, such as dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms would best be served by other flooring, regardless of the behavior of your pet. A non-porous tile will be impenetrable to pets and pet by-products such as urine. Grout, however, is a different story, as the unpleasant odor of urine can quickly fill a bathroom if your pet has poor training or kidney problems. Usually, any number of household remedies will get rid of the odor, but do little good in the end until you’ve found a way to keep your pet from peeing on the tile.

More from List Members

Many Options Available for Pet-Friendly Flooring

Two years ago I installed a Mannington product into (sic ) the front offices of my boarding kennel, a commercial vinyl that looks just like hardwood. This bears no resemblance to the old-time stuff that was shiny and icky. My clients stoop down, touch it and ask if I’m worried about the dog nails scratching it. It comes in 15 foot wide rolls so we have no seams. It comes in different colors and patterns.

And more on the subject, If any of you live near a Home Depot EXPO they usually use various versions of Amtico all over their sales room. It can look like hardwood or tile and has a very good warranty against moisture. Although our house is old and has hardwood floors almost everywhere, if I were going to look at new flooring what I’ve seen of Amtico would make it go to the top of my list.

And finally, Despite the obvious drawbacks, many people with pets have carpeting in their home. There’s nothing that says you can’t have carpet, but the decisions about what kind of carpet you choose are of much greater significance for someone with pets. The best idea is to look at carpet tiles. Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like. Seamless or decorative, tiled carpet will allow you to purchase extra tiles that are easy to replace. You can always buy spare runs of carpet for similar repairs, but many homeowners, who would need to hire a professional for conventional carpet repair, may be able to replace their own carpet tiles.

ANTIC, December, 2008

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