Choosing the Best Pet-Friendly Flooring

puppy eating from bowl on wood-look floor panels

For households with pets, finding flooring that offers the perfect blend of aesthetic charm and practical resistance to extra wear and tear is essential. 

It’s no secret that pets can cause damage to your flooring, whatever you might have. From untrimmed nails causing scratches to dragging mud and having untimely accidents, most if not all of the scuffs and marks caused by pets are unintentional. Nonetheless, it means you must treat your flooring with more care and attention.

The right pet-friendly flooring must be durable, easy to clean, and visually appealing, which can be tricky to decide. However, at Homecall Carpets, we understand the importance of flooring that fits your lifestyle – whether you have dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, or any other type of furry or feathery friend living in your luxury abode! We are proud to offer professional flooring products that meet your aesthetic vision while offering the right durability and strength to withstand all types of pet activity. 

If you’re looking for inspiration to upgrade your flooring to a product that ticks both boxes, look no further. Consider the following types of flooring options if you’re a pet owner.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

LVT flooring is an increasingly popular choice for pet-friendly homes. Highly water-resistant and easy to clean, luxury vinyl tiles can withstand spills, debris, mud, and the occasional pet accident, offering a very low-maintenance surface. 

Vinyl tiles are extremely durable and solid while offering a huge range of stylistic qualities for both traditional and modern homes. Styles often mimic natural wood or stone with far less of the upkeep required. LVTs can, however, succumb to scratches and dents over time, but these are very easily treatable.

Laminate Flooring

Made to resist stains, spillages and moisture, laminate floors are another smart pet-friendly option to consider. Its firm and solid outer layer resembles hardwood, meaning pet nails won’t leave lasting marks, with its smooth and slip-resistant layer making hair and dirt removal easy. 

Water-resistant laminate flooring is also highly durable against spills or paw prints, which is handy for busy households. Not all laminates are waterproof, however, which is why careful consideration is needed. Luckily, there are plenty of stylish options from wooden-style planks to herringbone panels to choose from.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are commonly used in commercial spaces but have found increased usage in homes in recent years. Pets and carpets aren’t always the ideal mix, but low-pile carpets can offer great resistance to nails, claws, abrasions, and snagging. The shorter loops make the carpet more dense and durable. The tiles are also easy to clean with a vacuum, with their backing preventing spills from seeping through to the subfloor.

Considerations When Choosing Pet-Friendly Flooring

In addition to flooring material, there are a few other factors to keep in mind for pet owners:

  • Choose floors with some level of texture and support. It’s worth bearing in mind that super smooth and glossy surfaces can be slippery for pets and can be prone to scratches as they try to stabilise themselves.
  • Consider accent rugs and area mats with rubber non-slip netting underneath to prevent them from sliding across shiny polished floors. These can make spills, dirt, and debris easier to absorb.
  • Get the colour and pattern blend right. Opt for uniform flooring colours or patterns to maintain your ideal aesthetic style indoors. Choose a pattern that offers more concealment of pet hair between vacuuming. It’s all about blending functionality with elegance.

Browse High-Quality Pet-Safe Flooring Today

We understand that there are many flooring choices available, and choosing the ideal pet-safe carpet or tile floor can be challenging. This is why we encourage you to stop by the Homecall Carpets showroom in Ditchling to explore our full range of durable, easy-care flooring solutions perfect for households with pets. You are more than welcome to bring in samples of your current flooring so our knowledgeable team can help you find the right style and materials for you.

As a local, family-run business, we understand how important creating a home for you and your furry or feathery friends is. Contact us today to arrange a visit, either in-person or with us coming to you.