Hints & Tips
When it comes to living in your ideal home, having the right kind of floor surface is essential. But what kind of flooring is appropriate for pets? Dogs and cats are prone to running around a house, so you’ll want to make sure you have flooring that accommodates them. The last thing you want are any accidents to occur or for your pet to feel uncomfortable. We’ve put together a guide for pet owners on what kind of flooring should be used and avoided.
Hardwood floors aren’t a good choice for pet owners because of the incompatibility with animals. Wooden floors can be uncomfortable for dogs to walk on, especially if you own a larger breed. Cats may also scratch the floor and leave behind marks that will damage the wood.
Another factor to bear in mind is that pets have a tendency to slip on a polished surface. This could lead to them being hurt.
A more suitable choice is a vinyl surface because of its durability. Vinyl floors are resistant to stains, scratches and wear and tear, providing more protection for your pet. A dog or a cat is less likely to slip on a vinyl floor, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that he or she is safe.
A vinyl floor can also reduce sound volume in a room, which comes in handy if you have a dog that likes to bark a lot.
Laminate floors have a range of pros and cons when it comes to a pet. Laminate floors are great at protecting against spills, but they may be uncomfortable to sleep on. There’s also a high risk of slippage. Laminate floors can also be cold, which may be good or bad depending on the breed of your pet.
A carpet floor may be a good option because it’s a comfortable surface for a pet to walk on. They’ll also be able to have a good sleep, as the carpet is soft underfoot. On the other hand, a pet may damage the carpet by having their claws catching on the material.
The best kind of flooring for your pet is based on comfort, practicality and being damage resistant. At Wilmac Flooring, we offer a range of floor types. For more information contact us on 01244 682100.
One of the best choices is cork flooring, which is completely renewable as well as naturally scratch-resistant. With antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties, cork offers many benefits including comfort. Its “elastic” surface provides enough of a cushion to ease tired pet feet and legs. Similarly, your pet can rest relatively comfortably on it without seeking to invade your bed or couch. However, cork must be sealed to be moisture-resistant, an important concern when living with animals.