What flooring is best for dogs?

A guide to the best flooring for dogs in any situation.

At Floors for Paws, we believe that the best flooring for dogs should be suitable for the setting, the dogs and their humans. Here we tell you why we believe a Floors for Paws solution is the best for everyone!

Dog friendly flooring

As our four-legged friends spend the majority of their time on the floor, it’s vital we understand what they need from it. We also need to understand that what they need from flooring isn’t necessarily what we, as owners, need. We have discussed the difference between pet-proof and pet-friendly flooring previously but here is a quick recap.

What do dogs need from flooring?

  • Dogs need a flooring solution that allows them to move around with confidence, while feeling safe and secure on their paws. Pups finding their feet are prone to joint damage and dislocation on slippery floors, and need stability while developing muscles gain strength. Likewise, elderly dogs risk pain and breakages if they fall. So, a non slip flooring for dogs that offers them good grip, is essential.
  • All dogs deserve to lie down and be comfortable, especially older dogs who may have canine arthritis. Comfort means a forgiving surface that isn’t hard and one that remains at a consistent temperature – cold surfaces will exacerbate joint pain.

What do owners need from flooring?

  • We know that our customers want the best flooring for their dogs by what do they need it to do/have to meet their needs?
  • Easy to clean – this is especially true in high traffic areas of the home or anywhere that will encounter muddy paws and shoes.
  • Tough and durable and resistant to claws and scratches – unless you opt for a tiled surface, other flooring will succumb to claws, with wood, carpet and laminate quickly showing signs of damage.
  • Waterproof is important. From toilet accidents caused by training puppies or age-related canine incontinence, to upturned water bowls, our floors need to be waterproof.
  • A great aesthetic – let’s face it, we want our floors to look good, whichever room they’re in. For businesses that welcome dogs it’s important that human visitors get the right impression as soon as they cross the threshold too.

Why Floors for Paws offers the best flooring for dogs in the UK

At Floors for Paws, we offer a choice of three dog-friendly flooring solutions that are also dog owner friendly! So, whether you need a stylish yet traditional floor in your dining room, or a hardwearing floor for your veterinary practice, we have the floor for you.

Pawsafe Domestic Range

  • A textured surface layer gives dogs a secure footing
  • Offers a consistent temperature year-round
  • Sound absorption 15db
  • Will withstand scratches from dog claws
  • Low maintenance and waterproof
  • Approved by Canine Arthritis Management
  • Vet endorsed
  • Offered in a choice of plank size
  • Suitable for any room in the house and ideal for commercial reception areas
  • 30 year domestic guarantee/10 year commercial guarantee when professionally installed
  • See the entire range here

Pawsafe Commercial Range

  • A textured non slip surface layer
  • Offers a consistent temperature year-round
  • Will withstand scratches from dog claws
  • Low maintenance and waterproof
  • Approved by Canine Arthritis Management
  • Offered as a continuous piece off the roll (like carpet)
  • Perfect for high traffic commercial areas (veterinary consultation rooms, dog day care centres, canine cafes)
  • See the entire range here

Luxury Vinyl Range

  • Textured surface
  • Double wear layer
  • Choice of wood- or stone-effect finish
  • Offered as tiles (great for creating traditional floor patterns)
  • Low maintenance and waterproof
  • Durable and scratch resistant
  • 30 year domestic guarantee when professionally installed
  • Perfect for hallways, living rooms and dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms
  • See the entire range here

For information about any of our ranges, email the team at info@floorsforpaws.com or give us a call on 01522 300218 today.

A guide to commercial non-slip vinyl flooring

Our latest guide to the best commercial non-slip flooring for dogs from Floors for Paws.

Commercial premises come in many forms in today’s world from factories and shops, to offices and hotels. There are also many types of business that welcome dogs into their premises, from veterinary practices and dog grooming businesses, to canine cafes and dog daycare centres. Increasingly, too, businesses are becoming more pet friendly, with many pubs and shops allowing our four legged friends to come in, not to mention any establishment that welcomes assistance dogs and their owners. With this in mind, we look at why flooring choice is so important.

What we need from commercial vinyl flooring

Commercial flooring that does not have to endure four-legged traffic still needs to be hardwearing and durable while being attractive and low maintenance. When we add dogs into the mix, the list of features our flooring has to offer increases!

What does commercial flooring for dogs need to offer?

In addition to the above features, the best flooring for dogs should be comfortable (they spend a lot of time lying down!), waterproof, scratch-resistant and non-slip. Neighbours might also prefer it to be sound absorbing!

At Floors for Paws, we specialise in the best flooring for dogs and we offer three pet-friendly flooring options. Our luxury vinyl range is perfect for creating beautiful floors in homes of every style and type. Offered in tiles or planks, in a choice of wood- and stone-effect finishes, this beautiful flooring is ideal for creating traditional herringbone patterns.

Pawsafe Domestic range

Endorsed by Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) for its suitability for dogs suffering from arthritis, our Pawsafe Domestic range of vinyl flooring has the highest slip rating of any luxury vinyl plank currently on the market. This makes it ideal where dogs of any age need to have a secure footing that will reduce the risk of slipping or falling. Where smooth, hard and unforgiving flooring (wood, laminate and ceramic tiles) can worsen pre-existing conditions such as hip dysplasia, or cause injuries that can contribute to its development, the Pawsafe Domestic range provides a non-slip, textured surface. It also offers a high level of sound absorption plus a thick wear layer and a comfort layer for extra cushioning.

The Pawsafe Domestic range is recommended for homes and all pet friendly businesses where it provides an attractive and warm welcome to visitors. When professionally installed, the range carries a 30-year domestic guarantee or a 10-year commercial guarantee.

Pawsafe Commercial range

Our Pawsafe Commercial range is a vinyl roll flooring that is completely waterproof. With the same high slip rating as our Domestic range and endorsed by CAM (learn more here), this is the perfect flooring for vet practices and canine cafes, and can be washed down daily. When used alongside our Pawsafe Domestic range, this commercial non-slip vinyl flooring offers a complete solution for entrance  and reception rooms, consultation rooms and operating theatres.

The best non-slip flooring for dogs from Floors for Paws

We don’t want you to take our word for it! Try before you buy on any of our ranges and choose up to three free samples. Then head over to our reviews on Trustpilot and read what our happy customers are saying about us. After that, if you would like to discuss how we can help your business with our commercial non-slip flooring for dogs, send us an email to info@floorsforpaws.com or give our friendly team a call on 01522 300218.

Glue down LVT – Floors for life

glue down LVT

Glue down LVT (luxury vinyl tile) is often considered better than click-lock (floating) LVT for several reasons:

Stability and Durability

Glue down LVT is more stable because it is adhered directly to the subfloor, which minimizes movement. This makes it a better choice for areas with heavy foot traffic or where furniture is frequently moved.

Because glue-down LVT is firmly attached to the subfloor, it tends to be more durable and longer-lasting. This type of installation can handle more wear and tear without coming loose.

Sound absorption and Feel

Glue down LVT tends to produce less noise because it is solidly adhered to the subfloor, reducing the hollow sound that can sometimes occur with floating floors.

Glue down LVT generally feels more solid underfoot because there is no air gap between the flooring and the subfloor. This can provide a more authentic feel, similar to natural materials like wood.

Versatility and Performance

Glue down LVT can be installed in a wider range of environments, including areas with fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels, such as sunrooms or basements.

Performance in Moist Areas

Because it is adhered directly to the subfloor, glue-down LVT is less likely to trap moisture underneath, which can be beneficial in moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

Cost and Installation

In case of damage, individual glue-down tiles can be replaced without disturbing the surrounding tiles, which is not possible with click-lock systems.

Aesthetics

Glue down LVT does not need scotia against skirting boards as it does not shrink and contract so you can have a neat finish in all rooms.

Conclusion

Glue-down LVT is often favoured for its stability, durability, better sound absorption, solid feel underfoot, versatility in various environments, performance in moist areas, and ease of repair. However, it requires a more complex installation process compared to click-lock LVT, which is generally easier and quicker to install. The best choice depends on the specific needs and conditions of the space where the flooring will be installed.

The importance of choosing glue down LVT over click-lock for dog owners is that it is fully waterproof against doggy accidents ad water bowl spills.

Pet-friendly LVT from Floors for Paws

Our luxury vinyl flooring range offers customers a choice of 6 stone-effect finishes and 6 wood-effect finishes to appeal to all tastes. To help you narrow your choice, order up to three free samples today.

Floors for Paws Luxury vinyl range

 

Smooth floors bad for dogs

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The Hidden Danger of Smooth Floors: Protecting Your Dog from Hip Dysplasia

As a responsible dog owner, ensuring the health and safety of your furry friend is a top priority. While you might have considered their diet, exercise, and regular vet check-ups, have you thought about the impact your flooring could be having on their well-being? Many dog owners don’t realize that hard, smooth floors can lead to serious injuries, including hip dysplasia. In this blog, we explore why anti-slip flooring is essential for pet owners and how it can protect your beloved canine companion.

Understanding Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hip dysplasia is a common condition in dogs, particularly in larger breeds, where the hip joint doesn’t fit together perfectly. This leads to joint instability, pain, and eventually arthritis. While genetics play a significant role in the development of hip dysplasia, environmental factors like flooring can exacerbate the condition or trigger injuries that contribute to its onset so it is something all dog owners should consider.

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The Risks of Smooth, Hard Floors

Smooth floors such as hardwood, laminate, or tile can be hazardous for dogs. These surfaces can be slippery, especially for dogs that love to run and play indoors. They can pose a risk in the following ways:

  1. Slips and Falls: Dogs can easily slip on smooth surfaces, leading to falls that may cause immediate injuries like sprains or fractures.
  2. Joint Stress: Constant slipping puts extra stress on your dog’s joints, particularly the hips, which can contribute to the development of hip dysplasia.
  3. Lack of Traction: Without proper traction, dogs may struggle to move naturally, which can affect their gait and overall mobility, leading to long-term musculoskeletal issues.

The Importance of Anti-Slip Flooring for your dog

Investing in anti-slip flooring can significantly reduce the risks associated with hard, smooth floors. Here’s why anti-slip flooring is a game-changer for pet owners:

Enhanced Safety:

Anti-slip flooring provides better traction, reducing the likelihood of slips and falls. This makes your home a safer environment for your dog to move around freely.

Joint Protection:

By preventing slips, anti-slip flooring helps protect your dog’s joints from unnecessary stress and strain, which is crucial for preventing hip dysplasia.

Comfort and Confidence:

Dogs feel more confident and comfortable walking and playing on surfaces where they have a good grip. This can improve their quality of life and overall happiness while in the home environment.

Types of Anti-Slip Flooring for Dog Owners

There are several types of anti-slip flooring options that can benefit both your pet:

1.Vinyl Flooring: Durable, easy to clean, and available in anti-slip varieties, vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for pet owners. It provides good traction and is resistant to scratches and stains.

2. Rubber Flooring: Often used in gyms, rubber flooring offers superb grip and cushioning, making it ideal for areas where your dog is most active. Can be marked by dog claws.

3.Textured Laminate: While most laminate can be slippery, textured options provide better traction without sacrificing the look of traditional wood flooring. Not 100% water/pee proof.

4. Carpet Tiles: Carpet tiles with a low pile can provide traction while being easier to clean and replace than traditional carpets but are not hypo-allergenic or easy to keep clean with dogs.

Additional Tips for a Pet-Friendly Home

In addition to choosing the right flooring, here are a few more tips to create a safe and comfortable environment for your dog:

– Area Rugs and Runners:

Place area rugs or runners in high-traffic areas to provide extra grip and cushioning.

– Regular Nail Trimming:

Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to prevent them from slipping on smooth surfaces.

– Exercise and Weight Management:

Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the strain on your dog’s joints.

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Conclusion

Your dog’s health and safety are important, and the type of flooring in your home plays a crucial role in their well-being. By choosing anti-slip flooring, you can help prevent injuries and conditions like hip dysplasia, ensuring your furry friend enjoys a happy, healthy life. At Floors for Paws, we understand the unique needs of dog owners and offer a range of flooring solutions designed with your pet’s safety in mind. but it has also got to be right for you too! You want it to be long-lasting, waterproof, maintenance free, scratch resistant and attractive. Choose floors for paws anti-slip flooring today and give your dog the secure, comfortable home they deserve without compromise on your side.

For more information on pet-friendly vinyl flooring options, visit Floors for Paws and discover how we can help you create a safer environment for your beloved dog.

 

Pet friendly flooring options – A guide for dog owners

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Best pet friendly flooring options: A comprehensive guide

When it comes to finding the perfect flooring for homes with dogs, there are several factors to consider, such as durability, scratch resistance, ease of cleaning, and comfort. As pet owners ourselves, we understand the importance of choosing flooring that meets both your aesthetic desires and practical needs. Here’s everything you need to know about the best flooring options for dogs.

Why Flooring Choice Matters for Dog Owners AND dogs

Time to switch our thinking from ‘how can my dog damage my floor’ TO ‘how can my floor damage my dog’ Dogs are not just pets; they are family members who spend a lot of time indoors. The right flooring can make a significant difference in their comfort and your home’s maintenance. Poor flooring choices can lead to scratches, stains that will upset you and much worse – joint issues for your pets.

Top Pet Friendly flooring Flooring Options for Dogs

1.Standard Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)
Durability: LVT is incredibly durable and resistant to scratches and stains.
Comfort: Provides a softer surface compared to hardwood or tile, which is easier on your dog’s joints.
Maintenance: Easy to clean and maintain, perfect for households with multiple pets.

2. Laminate Flooring
Scratch Resistance: High-quality laminate flooring is resistant to scratches and dents.
Affordability: More budget-friendly compared to hardwood.
Variety: Available in various styles and colors to match any decor.

3. Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
Waterproof: Ideal for homes with dogs that might have accidents.
Durability: Extremely durable and resistant to scratches.
Cool Surface: Provides a cool surface in warm climates, which dogs may find comfortable in summer.

4. Bamboo Flooring
Eco-Friendly: A sustainable option that’s also durable and resistant to wear.
Scratch Resistance: Comparable to hardwood in terms of scratch resistance.
Maintenance: Easy to clean but may require refinishing over time.

Worst pet friendly flooring options for dogs; What to Avoid

Carpet: While comfortable, carpets can stain easily and trap pet hair and odors.
Softwood Flooring: Prone to scratches and dents from pet claws.
High-Gloss Finishes: These can show scratches more readily and are slippery for pets.

Tips for Maintaining Pet Friendly Flooring

Regular Cleaning: Sweep and mop regularly to keep floors free of pet hair and dirt.
Use Rugs and Mats: Place them in high-traffic areas to protect your floors and your dog’s joints
Nail Trimming: Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to prevent scratches.

Why Choose Floors for Paws?
At Floors for Paws, we specialize in pet-friendly flooring solutions that cater to the needs of both owners AND their dogs. Our flooring options are designed to be durable, easy to clean, waterproof, claw resistant and most importantly; comfortable and safe flooring for dogs. Whether you’re looking for luxury vinyl tiles, laminate, or other types of pet-proof flooring, we’ve got you covered. Our PawSafe domestic and commercial ranges are Vet endorsed and championed by Canine Arthritis management.

Conclusion
Choosing the right pet friendly flooring options for your home is crucial when you have pets. By selecting durable, easy-to-maintain, AND safe/comfortable flooring options, you can ensure a happy home for both you and your pets.

Explore our range of pet-friendly flooring options today and give your furry friends the safety and comfort they deserve and the hassle-free floor that you deserve.

For more information on our Vet endorsed products, visit PawSafe domestic range.