Pet Approved Flooring For Your Home

The floor of your home may be the most important part of the house to a pet. I mean, they spend almost all of there time there, especially if mom and dad don't let them up on the furniture. We let Gus and Charly have free range of the house. They can hop up on the sofas, beds, even the chairs sometimes. But I think they still prefer to spend a majority of their time on the floor.

Choosing flooring for your home is incredibly important if you have pets. Yesterday on my blog House and Hound I featured an excellent carpet product from Flor, and today I'd like to mention some more "pet approved" flooring options here on Curbly.

Hardwood floors may seem like the best flooring choice for a pet friendly environment. They're elegant, easy to clean, and never go out of style. But your pet may dislike a hardwood floor. It can be cold, slippery, and well... hard.

But don't despair, there are plenty of other good hard flooring options to choose from. Your pup may like the luxury vinyl flooring from Lonseal. There have been huge advancements in the vinyl flooring industry, with more exciting pattern and color choices than ever before. Luxury vinyl has many pet-friendly attributes. It's moisture resistant, very quiet, low allergen, and softer on the paws than wood.

Painted or stained concrete is another option that's incredibly durable and easy to clean. You can even install heating underneath the flooring to provide some warmth under fur and feet. Check out The Concrete Network for more information about installing concrete flooring in your home.

If you don't like the concept of concrete floors, you can install ceramic instead. Ceramic tile is excellent at resisting pet stains because it isn't porous like the majority of natural stone material. Check out American Olean for products, ideas, and inspiration.

A very "green" and pet friendly flooring product to consider is bamboo. It has several attractive qualities including a unique finished appearance, affordability, wearability, and flexibility. It's also naturally stain resistant and extremely easy to clean. Plus bamboo is a renewable resource, making it the perfect flooring material for the conservationist in you. Check out Teragren Bamboo Flooring for environmentally and socially conscious flooring products that your pet will love.


Pet Approved Flooring For Your Home
Vinyl Flooring from Lonseal

Concrete Flooring from Concrete Network

Ceramic Tile Flooring from American Olean

Bamboo Flooring from Teragren


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Kairi on Mar 06, 2012:

Thanks for the tips! I need to talk to some concrete contractors in Dallas and find out much it would cost to replace the flooring in my house. I would love to get something more pet friendly.


Laura on Jan 06, 2012:

I have giant sized dogs.  I went with Granite and have been very happy.  Granite is really difficult to harm.  My Newfoundland drools and I needed a water resistant floor.  Granite doesn't need to be expensive if you shop around.  I get discouraged sometimes reading "dog design" advice because sometimes it sounds like other people don't have dogs who drool, have accidents, scratch ten times and then turn around three times before lying down, etc.  With my dogs I need really sturdy stuff.  Trust me, there is NO carpet that can stand up to them.

Josh Hale on Dec 14, 2011:

That bamboo flooring looks really unique, I like that! A lot of people I work with in <a href="http://www.ramjack.com">foundation repair</a> say that floors that are flexible like the bamboo and hardwood prevent cracking if you have any foundational issues as well. I'm going to look into some bamboo flooring right now!

Deborah on Jun 12, 2008:

The thought of vinyl flooring can be frightful for sure, but there are quite a few really nice options. Check out these other vinyl products:

 Nafco Luxury Vinyl from Tarkett Floors

Adura Luxury Vinyl from Mannington

Resilient Wood and Tile Look Flooring from Konecto

DIY Maven on Jun 12, 2008:

I've had this very discussion with fellow pet-loving friends of mine. The general consensus was--for ease of cleaning--vinyl, which depressed us all a bit. However, that Lonseal looks very interesting. Thanks for the links!

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