Best Flooring Types for Pet Owners

April 07, 2014 by Rite Rug

Over 60 percent of American households have at least one pet. The good news is that there are carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl and tile flooring options suitable for pets.


Vinyl is one of the best flooring choices for pet owners because it is resistant to scratches, denting and moisture. Vinyl also has the added benefit of absorbing sound, which reduces noise that can be caused by larger pets. Vinyl comes in a very diverse selection of styles and colors, making it easy to customize a look that works with your home’s style. Sheet vinyl would be a perfect choice for a room with a litter box as there are no seams in which moisture can seep through.


Similar to Vinyl, laminate is durable and easy to maintain. Its design means that it can easily pass for hardwood, stone or tile.


Stick with harder species of wood such as oak to minimize dents and scratches. Also, consider a hand-scraped look which will hide minor imperfections caused by nails. Do remember to trim your pet’s nails regularly to minimize scratching.


Yes, you can have pets and carpet. There are now many carpet styles with a lifetime stain warranty. Keep in mind you do need to clean spills and accidents immediately, but they will clean much easier if the manufacturer’s guidelines are followed. Also, there is now carpet padding with a moisture barrier to


Tile is always a great option as it’s scratch resistant and cleanup is easy.

A well-loved pet can mean a well-loved floor. Preserve the look of your home with a flooring type that works for the whole family.