One of the most common questions we get at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County is, “which flooring options are the best for pets?” It’s entirely possible to have beautiful floors without relegating Rex to the doghouse. Here are some of our favorite flooring options for Monmouth County pet owners.
When it comes to pets, laminate is a safe bet. With many pet-specific brands, laminate flooring is great at capturing the look and feel of hardwood with additional scratch resistance. Laminate is mainly comprised of particleboard with a vinyl layer featuring a printed design and transparent protection layer. High quality laminate is basically indistinguishable from traditional hardwood floors.
Vinyl flooring is prized for its durability and resistance to dings and scratches. Whereas laminate is mainly wood with a thin vinyl top layer, vinyl is entirely composed of PVC plastic. This affordable flooring option is perfect for canine and feline family members.
Contrary to popular belief, hardwood floors are compatible with cats and dogs. There are a few important considerations when you choose hardwood:
- Hardwoods are rated based on their hardness. The most common measurement is the Janka hardness scale, which is determined by embedding a steel ball into the side of a block of wood. Harder woods, or woods with higher scores, are great options for pets because they are more resistant to scratches.
- For dog owners, be sure to trim your canine’s nails. According to the ASPCA, nails should be trimmed just before they come in contact with the floor. If you can hear the clicking and clacking of Fido’s nails on your hardwood, he is overdue for a trim.
Monmouth homeowners trust the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County with their flooring needs. Call today for a free, in-home consultation with one of our highly trained flooring design associates.
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