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The Best Flooring for Pets

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A Guide to the Best Flooring for Pets


The best flooring for pets has a lot to do with your furry friend’s age and activity level. Finding flooring that both suits your personal style and accommodates your animals might seem like a challenge, but there are plenty of options that will work for everyone. Pets can cause a lot of chaos, from drool, muddy paws, potty training accidents and tail-wagging spills. It is important to choose flooring that aligns with your style and budget and can withstand the wear and tear of pets. Here are a few things to consider when picking out floors:


Scratch Resistance: Pet claws and nails can do a lot of damage over time.

Water and stain resistance: Accidents and spills are commonplace with pets; it is important to find floors that won’t easily stain or ruin.

Care and Maintenance: Choosing floors that aren’t a hassle to maintain will make life easier for pet owners.

Comfort and traction: Depending on the climate you live in and the age of your pet, choosing the right flooring type makes a world of difference in comfort for you and your pets.

Cost: Floors are a big investment and a significant part of your home. Finding an option that fits your budget and lifestyle.


The Best Flooring for Pets


Vinyl is durable and cost-effective, making it a favorite among pet owners, and includes anti-microbial, waterproof, and mark, scratch, and stain resistant options. Vinyl floors are comfortable underfoot and easy to maintain. Compared to higher-end options like solid hardwood, vinyl flooring is less eco-friendly and typically less desirable for resale.



Tile can be costly, but it is a highly durable, life-long material. Tile is water and scratch resistant, easy to clean and maintain, and cool to the touch. Opt for porcelain over ceramic (more fragile and permeable). The hard, cool surface can be tough for older pets, especially in colder climates, and is loud underfoot.

tile floors for pets


Laminate is cost effective and easy to clean and maintain.  Laminate floors are mark, stain and scratch resistant, but you must choose a water-resistant option for pet-friendly spaces. Laminate floors can be loud and slippery, making them less ideal for aging or arthritic pets.


Engineered Hardwood

If you’re looking for a mix of durability and style, engineered hardwood floors are a good option. Compared to solid hardwood, engineered floors are more affordable and offer some scratch and water protection (opt for hardest type of hardwood).



Bamboo is strong, eco-friendly, and resistant to major damage, making it an excellent choice for pet owners. However, the quality can vary by harvest and it can be expensive compared to vinyl or laminate. Bamboo retains warmth in the winter, keeps pets comfortable, and is ideal for sustainability-minded homeowners.



Cork is a great option for people with allergies, as it is naturally antimicrobial, mold and mildew resistant. Cork also absorbs sound well and is low-maintenance, but can be sensitive to dents, scratches, and spills.


Floors to Avoid:

Solid Hardwood

Although timeless in style, solid hardwood floors are susceptible to scratches and do not perform well in wet environments. However, there are waterproof options at an extra cost, and with proper care and maintenance, solid hardwood can last a lifetime.



Although comfortable underfoot, especially for aging/arthritic pets, carpet is best to avoid in high-traffic areas. Carpet can be difficult to keep clean – it traps dander, pet hair, and any pests brought in like fleas and ticks. It is susceptible to stains and holds on to odors, so regular cleaning is a must.


Regardless of the flooring type you choose for your home, there are some tips for protecting your floors and extending the life of your investment:

  • Clean spills immediately
  • Trim pet’s claws/nails regularly
  • Keep feeding areas clean
  • Vacuum and mop regularly


When you know how to choose the right flooring for pets, you can make your home more comfortable for you and your furry family members. The best floor for your pets will depend on factors that include your budget and the age, size and energy level of your pet. From vinyl to laminate, tile, carpet and cork, there’s a wide range of flooring products designed with pets and pet parents in mind. Email us at or call us at 310-261-0362.

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