At Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta, many of our customers have cherished canine and feline members of the family. One of their biggest concerns is how their pets will affect their new flooring options. Not all flooring options are great for homes with pets; however, there are still plenty of amazing choices for Atlanta dog and cat lovers. Read on for three pet friendly flooring options sure to delight Fido.
Laminate is the most popular “hardwood alternative” for pet owners. In fact, many flooring manufacturers carry laminate that is specifically marketed to dog owners. Laminate is a great flooring option for pets because of its strong, vinyl top layer. This PVC barrier protects the design from dings and scratches. In addition, laminate is affordable and gorgeous.
Loop Pile Carpet
For rooms where comfort is king, carpet is a common choice for flooring. Loop pile carpet is less common in homes and more common in office environments, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stylish. Schedule an appointment with one of our design specialists, and we will bring some loop pile carpet samples to your home to peruse.
Soft woods like cherry or pine are often not a good option for large, busy families or pet owners because they are softer woods. Instead, choose a tough hardwood like oak, maple, or hickory—the toughest domestic hardwood. Exotic hardwoods are also a great option for pet owners because of their superior strength and style.
A Note On Nails
When it comes to pets, the biggest sources of damage to flooring—especially hardwood—are their nails. Be sure to trim your pet’s nails from an early age so they are comfortable with the process. For dogs, if you can hear a click clack when they walk, they are overdue for a trim. Cats are more complicated because their nails form the end of retractable claws. Visit your local veterinarian for instructions on how to properly care for feline nails without harming your furry friend.
For more information about the best flooring options for pet owners, reach out to the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta today. We proudly serve the greater Buckhead, Atlanta, Midtown area.