category flooring types for dogs

Is Luxury vinyl flooring expensive?

Yes…..and no.

It is certainly more expensive to buy than laminate, carpet, roll vinyl and some ceramic tile. The initial outlay for the customer is relatively high but the life cost of the product is very low.

It is guaranteed for 15 years and upward.

It will stay looking great for the total lifespan of the guarantee.

The maintenance cost of the flooring is next to nothing. No expensive chemical cleaners are needed and you will not have to spend money on restorative processes.

The installation price is cheaper than wood, ceramic or stone flooring.

It will save you money on heating bills. It is second only in warmth to carpet.

It is resistant to water damage.

Luxury Vinyl will not chip, warp or yellow.

Floors For Paws Luxury vinyl has a 0.6mm wear layer, a 25 year domestic guarantee and a slip rating of 85 PTV (BS:7679) It has undergone a new process called photogravure which is used to create remarkably realistic 3-D photo replication of natural wood.

Wherever you dog goes; go Floors for Paws

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Floors For Paws Luxury vinyl flooring. Colour – Kinver

Preparing your floor for Floors For Paws

To ensure you have a lifetime of hassle free flooring it is essential to have your sub-floor prepared in the correct manner. If you have a perfectly smooth and dry sub-floor you can simply adhere Floors For Paws directly onto it. Unfortunately this is rarely the case, so we would like to look at the best solutions.

Latex sub-floor
This option is a quick and trusted process to ensure your FFP is fitted onto a suitable base. It is used on existing concrete floors that need to be smooth and levelled. Quick drying options such as the Stopgap 300 is ready to walk on in 2 hours and to work on in 4. This solution is also ideal for going over existing tile floors (who wants to take out all the tiles and build up again!) The photo below shows a kitchen diner before and after being latexed. As you can see the grout lines show through while it is drying but as long as 3-4mm is applied onto the tiles the surface will dry completely smooth.

Tiled floor
1. Tiled floor

Two hours post latex
2. Two hours post latex

Greenwood
3. Greenwood

SP101 Ply board – Flooring Grade
Ply board should be used over existing wood flooring, or when you need to bring up the level of the floor by over 4mm. In the case below the carpet that was removed was 10mm and therefore too deep to apply a latex without the need for Grano chippings. This depth of latex would take two months to dry! The 9mm ply board is cut into place and secured with mechanical fixings at regular intervals to ensure no movement. The ply board is then ready for FFP to be adhered directly onto it. We recommend a minimum of a 6mm ply board base.

Build up with 9mm ply
4. Build up with 9mm ply

Wychwood
5. Wychwood

If you are not a DIY nut; don’t worry because our recommended installers can carry out the preparation and installation for you.

Here our superb installation engineer John carries out fitting of 130 sqm of Greenwood to Rigsby Wold Holiday cottages new accommodation. For more details on this Dog friendly holiday please visit http://rigsbywoldholidaycottages.uk

Call us today to discuss any aspect of your project on 01937 830948.

The challenges of dogs and your flooring; Part One

The challenges of dogs and your flooring; Part One

If you are reading this, you are more than likely a dog lover! We are too. To us they are the greatest animals on earth. Only dogs have evolved alongside man for the last 15,000 years. We become more and more educated on what behaviours drive dogs and as such we understand the needs they have when living in our homes.
What is the main driving factor of dogs?

Self-preservation & Play:

They love to play. One of the main characteristics of all healthy dog is the drive to play. Inherent from the evolution of the Grey wolf packs have utilised play to prepare themselves for survival and confrontation. Although domesticated dogs do not face the same challenges as wild dogs it is a trait that will not be disappearing anytime soon.
As part of your pack dogs will expect us to play with them. But even when we don’t they will entertain themselves; chasing after a ball, having a mad rush around the living room, and trying to dig through to Australia!

Dog Claws

This can be very detrimental to your flooring, in the form of claw marks. Flooring such as wood, laminate, rubber and carpet will be damaged or gain unsightly scratches from dogs claws and cause expensive restoration or replacement. Your beautiful floor can become tired looking very quickly

Solution to dogs & Flooring:

Floors For Paws is The World’s best flooring for Dogs & Dog owners. We understand the challenges our beloved companions provide, and as such have found the solution. Our 0.6mm wear layer is twice the industry standard for vinyl flooring, and is capable of resisting the scratches and scuffs that are inevitable from dog claws.

Click here to view our range and order your free samples today.

The Pros and cons of flooring types for dogs

The best flooring for dogs UK

Wood flooring:

Wood flooring has a warmth and texture that make it a popular choice for home owners. It can last decades (if hardwood) and is hypo-allergenic. It is also easier to keep clean than carpet. The disadvantage of wood flooring when you have pets is that it can be scratched by dog claws, and stained by spillages. Pet urine which can lead to a process of sanding and re-sanding which can become expensive to maintain. It can also be slippery underfoot for you and your dogs.

Carpet:

Carpet is the most popular choice for home owners. We love the feel of soft carpet under our feet, and carpet has the highest warmth retention of all floor coverings. Unfortunately for dog owners it can become worn relatively quickly by dogs. It can trap allergens in the fibres which may cause allergic reactions to home owners and in some cases your dogs.

Ceramic Tile:

Often touted as a good pet friendly flooring the ceramic tile is easy to clean and maintain, hardwearing and long lasting. Very popular in Kitchen installations due to its water resistant nature. It has long been a popular choice with dog owners. The one thing to consider with ceramic tile is the lack of slip-resistance for you and your dog especially when wet. Over the last few years research into dog injuries have found slippery floors to be one of the main causes of arthritis in dogs. Damage from an early age caused by slipping can lead to decreased mobility in later life for dogs.

Laminate:

Once celebrated as the solution to pet owners needs for easy clean, low maintenance flooring this product thrived due to its low price and numerous designs. Still used today it is a popular choice for those who need a cost effective flooring solution. The negatives of the floor type is that it is prone to staining. Any harsh chemical used to remove these can bleach the colour – and leaks. This obviously has repercussions for dog owners who will have dog urine and water spillages from dog bowls on their floor. It is also very low on the slip-resistant rating.

Rubber Flooring:

Rubber is a warm, comfortable solution for homes. Available in many colours and sustainably sourced. It has good slip properties, but is prone to scratching. It can be difficult and expensive to lay correctly. It is popular for dog kennels and dog training areas where aesthetics are not a priority. Some higher density rubber flooring is popular in homes, however dog owners may find the scratches to be prohibitive to specification.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring:

LVT has rocketed in popularity in the last few years due to the improved 3d printing technique which allows the floor to take on the look of wood, stone, and ceramic. It is also waterproof, stain-resistant, long lasting, and hardwearing.

Floors For Paws LVT:

Officially: The world’s best flooring for dogs.Floors for paws has all the attributes of the LVT along with a double wear layer to negate scratching from dog claws, dropped items (those heavy dog bones!) and day to day wear and tear of busy households. It enables us to offer an extremely long domestic guarantee. Due to the ridged design it is also better than other LVT’s in terms of slip ratings (85 PTV BS7976). Giving better grip than others on the market. The 0.6mm wear layer is also stain resistant, so any dog urine, wine spills, and worse will not damage the flooring. It can be wiped clean without leaving a mark. As dog lovers we also wanted dogs to benefit from our company. We donate 10% of every sale to Dogs Trust.

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https://www.floorsforpaws.com