As a proud Dog Mom of a Dogue De Bordeaux (think Turner and Hooch), I am all too familiar with the affect that owning a dog can have on one’s flooring. Humphrey, whom I have nicknamed “Sir Humphrey the Gross”, has naturally long, thick nails, sheds constantly, drools all over everything, and loves to toss the water in his bowl all over the place. For me, this means constant cleaning and preventative maintenance of my laminate floors (the things we do for the love of our fur babies). Of all the flooring choices available to homeowners and renters today, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recommends Luxury Vinyl Plank/SPC as the best overall choice for dog owners. We here at My Flooring Guy, second this opinion. In this article, I will list all of the flooring options available at our showroom in Huntington Beach along with some Pros and Cons associated with each.

When deciding upon your flooring option, consider the following when it comes to your dog’s behavior, size, age, and needs:

  1. Odor Resistance – All dogs have the occasional accident in the house. Especially if you have a puppy that is being house trained, you want to choose a flooring type that will not absorb and keep odors locked in. Tip: Be sure to clean urine and other accidents right away and keep a pet-friendly odor neutralizer on hand for such occasions.

 

 

2.    Scratch Resistance – This is especially important if you have a large or heavy dog, or a dog with naturally long nails such as a Rhodesian Ridgeback, understand that their nails will take a heavy toll on your floors. Tip: Clip your dog’s nails regularly to avoid unnecessary scratches

3.     Damage Resistance – If your dog is active and likes running through the house, tossing his or her toys, or is a big water bowl splasher, be aware that your floors may be damaged. Water damage, dents, and scratches are most common. Tip: Allow your dog to have his or her own “play area” and place a rug over the flooring in that space. Fill the space with toys and let him or her enjoy. If your dog is fed and watered inside the home, place a mat underneath the bowls to catch any excess water or food (I do this at home with Humphrey’s bowls and it has saved me a lot of time and possible damage to my floor).

4.    Pet Traction – If your dog goes in and outside of the house frequently or likes to play and run in your house, dirt, small rocks, sticks, and water can be tracked throughout your house on a regular basis. This can cause large or deep scratches, dents, and gauges in your floors especially if you have Hardwood.   Tip: Bathe your dog regularly to be sure that the least amount of dirt etc. is tracked through the house and use doormats to catch any loose debris from outside.

 5.    Pet Comfort – If you have an older dog or a dog breed that is prone to hip dysplasia such as a Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, or a Mastiff, you want to choose a flooring type that ads a little comfort and support for them. Consider also using cork underlayment which is eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and offers extra warmth and foot support for both humans and animals.

Flooring Pros and Cons in order of the most highly recommended dog-friendliness

 

Luxury Vinyl Plank and SPC (Stone Plastic Composite)

                PROS:

  • 100% Waterproof – This type of flooring is also compatible with the 100% Waterproof Rubber Underlayment which will give an additional layer of waterproof protection against “accidents”, water, and spills.
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for people with allergies
  • Does not retain pet or urine odors
  • Quiet under the feet of humans as well as animals
  • Offers more grip for your dog’s feet
  • This material is the most dent and scratch resistant flooring offered by My Flooring Guy
  • Fast and easy floating installation
  • Can be installed in all rooms of the home including bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

CONS:

  • Hardwood traditionalists may not want to use this material and would need to be sure to choose a strong, hardwood if they have dogs in the home.

 

Laminate

                PROS:

  • Water Resistant – This type of flooring is also compatible with the 100% Waterproof Rubber Underlayment which will give an additional layer of waterproof protection against “accidents”, water, and spills.
  • Easy to clean
  • Does not retain pet or urine odors
  • Scratches are typically less noticeable on laminate floors
  • Fast and easy floating installation
  • Affordable material – great for a renter or a rental property

CONS:

  • While Laminate flooring is Water Resistant, it is not waterproof. This is something to consider if you have a puppy or a dog that makes a mess with water often.
  • Some laminate textures may be slippery under the feet causing less stability for your dog.
  • Not as long lasting as Hardwood or Vinyl/SPC

 

 

Hardwood – Engineered and Solid

   Note: If you are choosing hardwood and are a dog owner, please consider a harder and stronger   species such as: Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, Hickory, Maple, or Walnut.   Also, be sure to buff your floors every two years and have the top layer of your floors refinished every ten years to keep them looking as beautiful as possible for as long as possible.

                PROS:

  • Available in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and textures
  • Unfinished hardwood is the most customizable flooring option offered by My Flooring Guy.
  • Easier to keep clean than carpet
  • Timeless and Traditional
  • If properly cared for, Hardwood can last decades

CONS:

  • Can absorb and retain pet odors
  • Can easily stain if not properly cleaned and cared for
  • Susceptible to scratches, dents, and water damage

There you have it friends: Everything you need to know about making the best flooring choice for your fur-friendly lifestyle. Whichever flooring type you are considering, please feel free to visit My Flooring Guy’s showroom in Huntington Beach to view our selection of large samples in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and textures. We promise you will find something you absolutely love, and as always, your flooring will be Installed to Perfection.

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