Choosing the right sort of flooring for your new or renovated home or business can be tough– there are just so many things to consider. Affordability, durability, ease of installation, ease of cleaning and maintenance are just some of the things that will be on your list. Foot traffic is another major consideration, not just for you, but for your four-legged friends. Today we’re going to be looking at all sorts of pet-friendly flooring, and finding out which type of flooring is the most durable (to stand up to those click-clacking claws) and the easiest to clean.
Cork is an unusual choice of flooring, that’s for sure. However, it may just be the ticket when choosing a pet-friendly floor. It’s hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial, and it is significantly less rigid than hardwood or tile. The problem with cork is that it’s not completely scratch resistant. Combat this by choosing a lighter shad cork – this will help to hide any scratches that do occur. Another thing to consider is it is not an easy floor to re-sand or re-finish, and it tends to stray into the more expensive side of flooring.
Another pet-friendly flooring option is bamboo. Bamboo is a good choice for those that want a “traditional” wooden look for their flooring, but who may not want a true timber floor for their Auckland property. Some forms of Bamboo can be quite hard and durable and are therefore less likely to get scratched by your pets. However, when sourcing your bamboo product its always best to double check that it’s suitable for your needs. Talk to your provider to ensure that your choice of bamboo is right for yourpet.
If you have your heart set on solid wood flooring, then try to choose a timber that has a very high hardness rating – as it will be more scratch resistant. However, we don’t really recommend hardwood for pet-friendly flooring, as these floors don’t like liquids and you may have to do some mopping up from time to time.
Laminate may well be the ultimate in pet proof floors. This sturdy flooring is almost impervious to scratching, meaning those nails will be click-clacking but hopefully leaving no trace! However, there are a few downsides – laminate tends to amplify sounds more than the other floors listed above – so the sound of your furry friends may drive you wild after some time. It also has less traction – so as your pet’s age, they may find laminate harder to walk on than other sorts of flooring.
The Wooden Floor Company is your flooring specialist in Auckland. Get in touch with us or visit our showroom and we’ll be happy to advise you on the best floors for your pets.