Best flooring for homes with dogs

best flooring for dogs

Here at Floors for Paws we only sell vinyl flooring because it is universally recognised as the best flooring for dogs. Vinyl flooring is a top choice for dog owners. It’s completely waterproof, which means it handles accidents and spills with ease. Vinyl is also known for its durability and resistance to scratches. The Pawsafe Domestic range offers a textured, anti-slip surface, perfect for preventing slips and providing comfort for dogs and owners alike. Additionally, vinyl is easy to clean, making it a low-maintenance option.

Let’s look into the other options that are available on the market:

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is another option for homeowners with dogs. It’s durable and scratch-resistant, although not as waterproof as vinyl. To improve traction and reduce the risk of slipping, opt for laminates with a textured finish. Laminate can mimic the look of wood or stone, offering a stylish yet practical solution for pet owners.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly and durable option that’s more resistant to scratches than traditional hardwood. It’s also more water-resistant, although not entirely waterproof. Bamboo is hard enough to withstand dogs’ nails and is less likely to dent, making it a solid choice for pet-friendly homes but can be slippery.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a timeless and beautiful option, but it requires more care when you have dogs and may need re-sanding regularly. Harder woods like oak or hickory are more resistant to scratches and dents. Engineered hardwood is a good alternative, offering more stability and moisture resistance compared to solid hardwood.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is softer and provides excellent comfort for dogs, reducing strain on their joints. It offers good traction and is naturally antimicrobial, resisting mould and mildew. However, cork is prone to scratches and dents, so it might not be suitable for homes with dogs.

The Importance of Subfloor Preparation

No matter what type of flooring you choose, proper subfloor preparation is crucial. Ensuring your subfloor is level, clean, and dry will maximize the performance and longevity of your flooring. Poor subfloor preparation can lead to issues like uneven surfaces, poor adhesion, and ultimately, a shorter lifespan for your flooring. It is a common misconception that many floors do not need sub-floor preparation.

Floors for Paws dog-friendly flooring features

When choosing flooring for your home, consider these key features from Floors for Paws:

Scratch Resistance: Can withstand your dog’s nails and prevent visible scratches.

Waterproof: Floors that are waterproof or highly water-resistant are ideal for dealing with spills and accidents.

Traction: Floors with good traction help prevent slips and falls, which is especially important for older dogs or those with mobility issues.

Durability: Choose flooring that can handle the wear and tear of daily dog activity.

Cushioned backing: Our PawSafe domestic and commercial ranges have a cushioned backing to provide support for your dog’s joints.

Vet approved: We have supplied flooring to many veterinary practices including The Hampshire Vet.

Finding the best flooring for your home with dogs involves balancing durability, comfort, and aesthetics. Vinyl flooring stands out for its waterproof properties and ease of maintenance. Laminate, bamboo, and engineered hardwood also provide excellent alternatives depending on your specific needs but can be slippery and have their limitations in terms of damage. Remember, proper subfloor preparation is key to ensuring your new flooring performs well and lasts long.

At Floors for Paws, we are committed to helping you find the perfect flooring solution for you and your dogs. Explore our range of pet-friendly flooring options and give your home the perfect blend of style, practicality, and safety. 

If you have any further questions after that, we’re here to help. Contact us at or on 01522 300218.

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