A guide to choosing the best flooring for dogs: everything you need to know

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Searching for the best flooring for dogs can often seem a daunting task as you want something stylish and durable, but also comfortable and safe for your furry friend. When you search ‘Best flooring for dogs’ or ‘Pet friendly flooring’ you will mainly see results that point you to flooring options that are best for dog owners. That is not always the same thing.

In today’s comprehensive guide, we deconstruct what dogs want in a flooring as opposed to what most dog owners prioritise.

Let’s take Jenny. She has just bought a new puppy. She currently has carpets throughout but wants something that will be more appropriate for the onslaught the flooring will take with a news puppy in tow!

What are her initial needs? Scratch-resistant flooring for dogs, waterproof flooring for dogs, easy to clean flooring for dogs.

Scratch-resistant flooring for dogs

This will be essential in order to maintain an attractive floor. What would be good floor options for scratch resistant flooring for dogs?

  • Laminate flooring
  • Tile flooring
  • Luxury vinyl flooring with a PU layer of over 0.55mm
  • Stone flooring

Waterproof flooring for dogs

Young pup is bound to have some accidents, so this is a no brainer. What would be good floor options for waterproof flooring for dogs?

Easy to Clean Flooring for Dogs

High on the list of Jenny’s priorities is likely to be easy to clean flooring for dogs. What floor options does she have?

  • Laminate flooring
  • Tile flooring -ceramic or porcelain
  • Luxury vinyl flooring
  • Click LVT

So, Jenny has researched her options and the one that ticks all the boxes is vinyl flooring.

Now let us look at what her puppy would prioritise.

Pup wants the following:

  • Secure footing/good grip
  • Comfortable under foot
  • Cool in summer and not cold in winter
  • Hypo-allergenic

What is the best option for pup?

Estimates suggest that around 1 in 3 dogs will develop arthritis in their lifetime, with the percentage increasing significantly in older dogs (80% of dogs over 8 years old might have some degree of arthritis). As with everything, prevention is better than the cure. By giving your dog safe flooring from an early age, it can help to prevent slips that can lead to joint issues, injuries and osteoarthritis in dogs.

But let’s not forget Jenny. She is the one who pays the bills after all! Her priorities are:

  • Scratch resistance and durability
  • Waterproof
  • Ease of cleaning and maintenance

If only there was a dog-friendly and pet-proof flooring that could tick all the boxes…

Floors for paws PawSafe domestic range

  • Secure footing/good grip for dogs
  • Comfortable under foot
  • Cool in summer and not cold in winter
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Scratch resistance and durable
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Vet endorsed

Ready to find the perfect balance for you and your furry friend in your home? Order your free samples from the PawSafe Domestic range today.

If you want the best flooring for your dogs, simply call us today on 01522 300218 to find out more, or  drop us an email to info@floorsforpaws.com

Best Dog Proof Flooring: Top Solutions for Pet-Friendly Homes

Dog proof flooring

As dog owners, we know the joy and companionship that comes with having a canine campadre. However, maintaining a beautiful home with pets can be challenging, especially when it comes to choosing the right flooring. At Floors for Paws, we specialize in providing the best dog proof flooring that caters to the needs of both you and your pets. In this blog, we’ll explore the top flooring options that are durable, easy to clean, and comfortable for your beloved dogs.

Vinyl Flooring

Durable and Easy to Clean – vinyl flooring is one of the most popular choices for dog owners, and for good reason. It’s incredibly durable and can withstand the wear and tear of pet claws. Vinyl is also water-resistant, making it an excellent choice for homes with pets that may have occasional accidents which makes cleaning a breeze, allowing you to keep your floors looking good with minimal maintenance.

Key benefits of vinyl flooring:

– Water-resistant

– Scratch-resistant

– Easy to clean

– Comfortable underfoot

Laminate Flooring

Affordable and Resilient – laminate flooring offers a great balance between affordability and durability. It’s designed to mimic the appearance of hardwood while providing a tougher surface that can handle pet traffic. Laminate is also resistant to scratches and stains, but it is not aways a practical option for households with pets as water spills and dog pee can get underneath the surface and cause warping.

Key benefits of laminate flooring:

– Scratch-resistant

– Stain-resistant

– Affordable

– Variety of styles

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Elegant and Durable – for those who love the look of hardwood but need something more resilient, engineered hardwood flooring is an excellent choice. It’s made up of a solid wood veneer over a plywood base, providing both beauty and durability. Engineered hardwood is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes compared to traditional hardwood, making it a better option for pet owners. That said, it can be prone to scratches from dog claws.

Key benefits of engineered hardwood flooring:

– Beautiful hardwood appearance

– More moisture-resistant than solid hardwood

– Durable

– Variety of finishes

Tile Flooring

Ultimate Durability – tile flooring is known for its incredible durability and resistance to scratches and stains, making it an ideal choice for homes with pets. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are especially tough and can handle the heaviest of foot (and paw) traffic. Tile is also easy to clean and maintain, which is a significant advantage for pet owners. However, it can often be slippery and hard on dogs’ joints.

Key benefits of tile flooring:

– Highly durable

– Scratch-resistant

– Water-resistant

– Easy to clean

Cork Flooring

Eco-Friendly and Comfortable – cork flooring is an eco-friendly option that offers unique benefits for pet owners. It’s naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which helps to reduce allergens and bacteria in your home. Cork is also soft and comfortable underfoot, providing a cushioned surface for your pets to walk and lie on. Additionally, cork flooring is resistant to scratches but can be difficult to keep clean.

Key benefits of cork flooring:

– Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial

– Comfortable and soft

– Scratch-resistant

– Eco-friendly

Floors for Paws – the world’s best flooring for dogs

At Floors for Paws, as dog owners and dog lovers, we understand the unique challenges of maintaining a beautiful home with pets. That’s why we’ve researched and curated the best flooring solutions designed specifically for dog owners. Our ranges are hypo-allergenic, easy to clean, slip-resistant, anti-stain, waterproof, and comfortable.

For the ultimate in dog proof flooring, explore our PawSafe Domestic Range, endorsed by Dr. Hannah Capon. Our flooring options ensure that both you and your furry friends can enjoy a stylish and pet-friendly home.

Key benefits of the Pawsafe Domestic range

– Vet endorsed

– Water-resistant

– Non-slip

– Scratch-resistant

– Easy to clean

– Comfortable underfoot

– Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial

– Durable

– Dog proof

For more information on our products and to browse our selection, click here to explore our PawSafe Domestic Range.

If you want the best flooring for your dogs, simply call us today on 01522 300218 to find out more, or  drop us an email to info@floorsforpaws.com

How to fit LVT herringbone flooring

 

For dog owners who want the luxury of a high end, solid wood parquet block floor but who worry about the safety of their pets, look no further. At Floors for Paws, we have the perfect solution – LVT herringbone flooring.

What is herringbone flooring?

Often used when talking about wooden parquet flooring, the term herringbone is in fact one of the most popular patterns that can be created with any type of block flooring. The pattern is created from rectangular wooden blocks which are each arranged at a 45 degree angle from the next to make a geometric, V shape.

Can LVT be installed in a herringbone pattern?

LVT planks are ideal for creating a herringbone pattern and will give a durable, long lasting and beautiful floor.

How to fit LVT herringbone flooring

  • LVT needs to acclimatise upon arrival at your home, to make up for the change in temperature between your home and where it was stored prior to delivery. Leaving the LVT for 24 hours reduces the risk of it warping or cracking after installation.
  • While luxury vinyl tiles do not need a traditional underlay, it is vital to prepare the surface your tiles will be installed on. This surface is known as the subfloor and should be concrete, floorboards or ceramic tiles. If your subfloor has carpet, vinyl or lino on it, this should be removed
  • Prepare your subfloor to ensure it is perfectly smooth and even. Remove all nails and tacks etc. and thoroughly vacuum, before repairing any cracks or holes.
  • For concrete floors a thin (3-4mm) layer of smoothing compound can be applied to the surface to ensure the subfloor is completely smooth. Wooden subfloors should have a flooring grade plywood affixed every 120-150mm, with the joins filled so they won’t ‘ghost’ over time.
  • Cut LVT planks with a sharp blade and glue them down, butting each one up tightly to the next.
  • A herringbone pattern should be started in the centre of the room and worked outwards from this central point. Drawing a guide line will help and one corner of the first tile should be lined up to this at a 45 degree angle. Subsequent tiles should be laid at 90 degrees to the previous one. Once the first pattern row has been established and glued down, subsequent rows are added on alternate sides. The overall pattern is created as you add subsequent rows of planks.

Please note: Installation of glue-down LVT planks requires much more skill than click-together planks and is not for the faint-hearted. We do not recommend that a novice DIY-er tackles this kind of installation and would always recommend an approved installation specialist.

LVT herringbone flooring from Floor for Paws

For pet owners wanting a stylish and traditional aesthetic in their home but who worry about the risks from hard, wooden floors to their dogs, the PawSafe domestic range from Floor for Paws is the best flooring for dogs. It is available in a choice of 12 wood-effect patterns perfect for creating a chevron design, with 6 of those available in a smaller plank size ideal for the Herringbone design. All feature a textured, non-slip surface layer to help unstable dogs of any age. The range also offers a comfort layer and fleece backing. All Floors for Paws ranges come with a 30-year domestic guarantee.

To see for yourself, why not order up to three free samples or contact us by email at info@floorsforpaws.com or telephone on 01522 300218 for more information?