Tuesday July 2, 2019
Owning a pet comes with a lot of responsibility and encourages you to think more about their well being. One aspect of well being is comfort. Sure, you can get the nice beds, soft collars, sweaters, if you must, and all that jazz. But, have you thought about the type of flooring you have?
The right flooring can make a big difference in terms of your pet’s comfort, as well as your own. But which one is best? There are many options when it comes to flooring, and each has its own benefits and negatives. Let’s take a look at a few to get a better idea.
Hardwood flooring is a classic look and is very popular amongst homeowners. However, it may not be the best choice for pet owners. Because of the nature of wood, scratches, and stains can be a big problem if not addressed quickly. There are different types of woods though, so if you decide to go with hardwood, look for harder wood, such as Brazilian walnut or Bolivian cherry.
If you like the look of hardwood, but not the cost, laminate is a good alternative. While you get the look of hardwood flooring, you get the easy cleanup of vinyl. The one con that laminate flooring provides is the lack of traction. Laminate is very slippery, and this can be increased by spills or accidents caused by your pet. To help negate this, look for a laminate that has some texture or use area rugs.
Stone tile is a timeless look that lasts long and is extremely resistant against scratches. It is also very resistant to spills and easy to clean up. Because stone tile is, well stone, it does not hold heat that well. You can easily combat this by using area rugs or if you want to go a little more high tech, heating that is layered underneath the stone. Your pets, and your feet, will absolutely love this.
The most common type of flooring is, without a doubt, carpet. Other than the kitchen and bathrooms, carpet can be put all over the house, giving comfort everywhere you go. Carpet also gives you the option to easily and cost-effectively replace any areas that may have been damaged. Spills and pet accidents can easily cause damage to the carpet if not treated in a timely manner. Thankfully, there are options available, such as stain-free and pet-centered carpets to help with this issue.
In the end, choosing your flooring comes down to what you want. If you want to go with something that your pets will love, make sure to do some research to find out the best choices. Your pets will be happy with a comfortable floor and you will be happy that your pets liked your choice.