The Best Flooring Options for Pet Dogs

Posted on January 6th, 2018 by Nastazsa Lin Cabrera

Homeowners with pets have another consideration to factor in when renovating their home. Dogs have their own ability to create wear and tear to flooring especially if the floors are soft. Pet owners would be wise to research the best types of flooring available before making a decision, in order to avoid a costly mistake. Flooring must stand up to scratches, dents, and messy accidents that pets sometimes make. Fortunately, we’ve done most of the research for you and we have great news. There are plenty of options for homeowners to choose from, now, more than ever!

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Types of Hard Surface Flooring

Hard surface flooring withstands the foot traffic of pets the best. Concrete, porcelain tile, and natural stone are three options that can withstand scratch damage from claws. They also bear up against liquid spilled from an overturned water dish and can make cleaning messes due to frequent fur shedding much easier. The downside to all three of these surfaces is that they are prone to getting chilly during cold weather. A simple remedy to this is to place thick area rugs and extra pet beds throughout the hard surface areas in the home. Otherwise, NuHeat floor heating systems (available in mats and cables sold at are a great alternative.

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Wood-look Tiles or Real Hardwood?

If the homeowner wants the look of hardwood, choose laminate or porcelain flooring.

There are pros and cons for laminate but it is still an excellent choice. Moisture is not an issue if it sits on the surface, making maintenance easy. Laminate floors are quite durable, resisting scratches and scuffs. The downside of this material is that it can definitely be slippery. A fast paced pet is more than likely to skid and a pet jumping off of furniture can hurt itself if its legs are spread outward from the jump. The good news is that laminate wood is available in textured surfaces that create traction for the issues mentioned above.

Homeowners should choose the hardest in variety such as bamboo, maple, or Brazilian walnut if real hardwood flooring is desired. Moisture must be cleaned up immediately and toenails should be trimmed regularly to retain the beauty of the floor.

The absolute best recommendation we, at Stone Tile Liquidators, can provide is to use porcelain tile. Porcelain tiles feature a plethora of benefits as noted below.

  • Virtually maintenance free.
  • Does not require annual sealing.
  • Non-porous so it is perfect for any moisture prone areas.
  • Highly scratch & stain resistant.
  • Available in matte/anti-slip finishes.

One of the most appealing features of porcelain tile is its ability to imitate the look and texture of real hardwood AND stone (such as marble, granite, travertine, etc). Due to said reasons, porcelain tile has been one of the top contenders for the most commonly bought flooring material within the last couple of years. It’s no wonder why porcelain tile’s popularity has skyrocketed through the roof!

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Good Ole’ Luxury Vinyl

Yes, it’s still a thing! Luxury vinyl is one of the more affordable options offering easy cleanup and resistance to scratching and stains. It is comfortable for your pet and, not to mention, easy on the ears as it exudes low noise levels while they’re walking. One plus is that luxury vinyl comes in planks which also contain realistic knots that look similar to laminate and hardwood. Single planks can be replaced quite easily if they become dull or are damaged. Choose this material with a thick top layer and an aluminum oxide coating for longevity and you’re good to go.

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Thankfully, with today’s upgrades to technology there are a variety of flooring materials for the pet owner to consider. A flooring company will have samples to view and will offer the best expertise in the application and installation of the material chosen.

Happy pet-tile hunting!

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