When it comes to pet-friendly flooring selection for my interior design clients, I like to educate my clients on flooring options. Here is an overview of flooring options for residential applications.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile – Durable, waterproof, easy to clean and relatively soft.
- Bamboo – Quality bamboo is tough but not so comfortable for pets.
- Porcelain, Ceramic & Stone – Great for cleaning but hard and cold for pets.
- Laminate – Durable but slippery and loud for pet claws.
- Hardwood – Prone to scratches, hard surface for pets and pet urine will damage the product.
- Carpeting – Pets love it but you won’t enjoy the cleaning or floor damage.
With proper education, most clients agree, the best pet-friendly floor is Luxury Vinyl Tile. Don’t confuse this new product with Pergo or other laminate flooring, which can sound hollow and loud. Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring looks like real wood without being so precious and difficult to care for making it a perfect choice for kitchens, living rooms, and basements (with or without pets in the home).
Word of advice, buy the best quality, not a time to skimp on the budget if you want a product that will perform well.
Installed properly vinyl will wear well with no scratches or tears, and with its water-resistant qualities is a cinch to clean. Cat and dog hairs are quickly removed with a quick vacuum and any pet accidents or are easily removed without leaving a trace.
For pets, the added benefit is the comparative softness of Luxury Vinyl flooring over wood or tile. There’s a lot more give in vinyl which is both more forgiving for our pets and a lot quieter than the clicking of nails on a hard surface.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring comes in many colors, and sizes. The photo shows how a creative pattern can be installed with varying tiles and sizes.
There are new products coming on the market of late. A great source for complete flooring options in Stamford, CT is Executive Carpet and Beyond, INC located at 1066A Hope St Stamford, CT.
For professional design guidance in selecting the best pet-friendly floors in your home, call me for help! It would be a pleasure to meet you and your pets! As a designer, I keep up with the newest products on the market, and what I don’t know, I turn to the experts for advice. Tami Smight Interiors can provide small consultations, custom window treatments or full service interior design for your Stamford home improvement project.