Best Pet-Friendly Flooring Options

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Pets can give us untold joy and hours of entertainment and love, but they can, sometimes, be a royal pain in the butt. If your cat has ever shredded drapes or dad’s favorite chair, or your dog has left a smelly present for you after a long day at work you know exactly what I mean. There are some things that pets can’t really help though, things like animal instincts and claws. Claws and little doggy “accidents” are par for the course as a dog owner, but they can still cause damage to your floors. It’s not really anyone’s fault, but it’s annoying and can be costly, so if you’re buying to renovating a house and you’ve got a pet, consider these flooring options to save hassle and cash, and to make sure that little Fido doesn’t do some permanent damage to your house! Per Realtor.com:

Tile Flooring

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“If you’re looking for pet-friendly flooring, you can’t go wrong with porcelain tile. A recent article from This Old House points out that not only is porcelain tile moisture-proof, it’s also not prone to scratches.”

Concrete

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“Concrete can also be a good flooring choice. Epoxy grout (tile) or an epoxy finish (concrete) can help minimize the upkeep further.”

 

Hardwood Floors

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“Hardwood flooring – particularly oak, hickory, or Brazilian cherry – can also be a good options for pets. ‘Prefinished wood floors with a factory-applied aluminum oxide top coat resist scratches and dings best,’ This Old House notes. ‘A matte penetrating-oil finish can disguise scuffs and is less slipper – just touch up nicks with a stain pen or putty.'”

 

Vinyl Flooring

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“Vinyl and linoleum also can be a good low-maintenance option. However, frequent pet accidents eventually can become an issue with these flooring types since they are glued-down.”