If it's time to upgrade your flooring and you have pets, you're probably searching for something that's both durable and stylish. Since 54.4 million households have at least one dog and 42.9 million households are cat owners, pet-friendly flooring is understandably seeing an increase in popularity and you have several options to choose from.
Tile or Stone- The most durable flooring option is tile or stone. Water and stain resistant, tile and stone floors are easy to maintain and are very forgiving. Tile and stone floors also come in a variety of finishes, colors, and price points.
Stained Concrete- Concrete floors that have been properly sealed are scratch resistant, water proof, and very easy to clean. There are a variety of colors to choose from and do not release volatile organic compounds or VOCs like some other flooring options.
Vinyl- Vinyl has come a long way in recent years and luxury vinyl flooring can look very similar to hard wood floors, but is easier on your budget and more durable. Not only is luxury vinyl scratch resistant, but many types are waterproof.
Bamboo- The key with bamboo flooring is to choose bamboo flooring with a high hardness rating. Lower quality bamboo will be more likely to scratch. Bamboo is also a sustainable flooring material and is very easy to maintain.
Engineered Hardwood- While hardwood isn't known for being pet-friendly, as most can be scratched, engineered hardwood will be your best bet. Choose an engineered hardwood with a high-quality, scratch resistant finish.
Pet-Friendly Carpet- Typically, carpet isn't very pet-friendly, but several brands have options for pet owners that are stain, water, and pet hair resistant. You will need to maintain carpet with regular vacuuming and the occasional deep cleaning.