Pet friendly flooring – The solution is here

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Choosing the right pet friendly flooring for your home is essential to keep your home looking good, but also to aid your pet.

With so many flooring options available on the market, choosing the right pet friendly flooring can be tough. In our latest guide, we take a look at the choices you have  and what you should avoid!

Whether you a have a pup or an older dog in the home, flooring has to withstand everything from being chewed and scratched, or even peed on, so you need a solution that is hardwearing and durable, that will also fit seamlessly into the aesthetic of your home.

How to choose pet friendly flooring

All dogs are different; some may be chewers, others may be scratchers, so there are lots of factors to consider before deciding on your flooring.

Spills and stains – potty training pets will have a lot of accidents, while older pets may start to suffer with incontinence, so your flooring needs to be water resistant to avoid the staining and damage caused by accidents and spills.

Maintenance – from a pet owner’s point of view, an easy to maintain flooring solution is preferable, and less time-consuming.

Scratch resistance – when weighing up your options, it’s important to think about the impact of sharp claws (and teeth) on floor coverings.

Comfort – at Floors for Paws, we believe flooring should be pet friendly, and not just pet owner friendly so our flooring offers different levels of comfort for your pets.

Types of flooring

Carpet – the traditional choice for many homes, carpet is not the best pet friendly flooring! Damage from chewing or scratching is likely to be irreparable and any staining can be difficult to remove completely and leave odours behind. Carpet is a magnet for hair and fur and will also attract fleas and other pests that your four legged friends bring in to the home.

Hardwood flooring – another popular flooring solution, hardwood flooring can fall foul of long claws with repeated scratch resistant treatments being costly over time. They are also prone to staining and warping with prolonged exposure to excessive moisture.

Tiled floors – a popular choice with pet owners, tiled floors are extremely easy to maintain but not always kind to pets, particularly older ones. While impervious to excessive moisture and easy to clean and mop, tiled floors are cold and uncomfortable, something that most pet owners want to avoid.

Laminate floors – laminate floors are great for younger, active pets as it is durable and hardwearing but the smooth finish of a laminate might make it difficult for older dogs to gain traction, causing them to slip and cause potential injury.

Luxury vinyl flooring

Whenever we are asked what is the best pet friendly flooring, our answer has to be luxury vinyl flooring. Durable and resilient and more than capable of dealing with anything your pet can throw at it, today’s LVT options are offered in a variety of finishes, to mimic the look of hardwood and even stone. The main types of vinyl flooring are vinyl plank flooring and luxury vinyl tiles.

Pet friendly flooring from Floors for Paws

At Floors for Paws, our Pawsafe Domestic Range offers your pet a level of comfort and care that is hard to beat. Endorsed by CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), this vinyl plank flooring is available in a standard 125mm x 1000mm size with a selection of colourways available in 100mm x 50mm, to enable you to create wonderful patterned floors. Comprising a reinforcement layer and an insulated high density fleece backing, plus an anti-slip layer, the Pawsafe Domestic Range has the highest slip rating of any luxury vinyl plank currently on the market.

To find out more about the best non slip flooring for dogs, call us today on 01937 830948 or email us at info@floorsforpaws.com

What is Pet Friendly Flooring? UK

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Well, that depends who’s asking; humans or dogs!

In the past we have regarded ‘pet friendly’ as a floors system that is easy to clean and maintain in an environment with pets. Smooth hard floors are excellent at keeping out ingrained dirt, however they are not the best solution for all of us in the family. What we have sometimes not considered is what our beloved dogs require;

Slippery floors are a significant contributor to chronic pain and arthritis in dogs, due to injury from slips. For dogs with existing arthritis it is essential that flooring issues are addressed.

It’s time we stopped asking ‘will my dog damage my flooring?’ And start asking ‘will my flooring damage my dog?’

Most dogs in the UK live in their owner’s home, and may spend up to 90% of their life in that environment. If there are steps that they repeatedly struggle up and down, floors they repeatedly slip on, or solid cold beds they repeatedly sleep on, their condition will not improve as they will continue to injure themselves.

Your dog’s lack of ability to correct and therefore protect themselves when they slip or have to negotiate difficult paths will leave them prone to further trauma.

A slippery floor, be it wooden, laminate, or tile is very hazardous for an arthritic dog that already has weak & painful limbs. Repeated slips, no matter how small, will progress the clinical signs of arthritis.

For more information about Canine arthritis please see below;

Canine arthritis 

So when choosing your next Floor system please take into account the slip-resistance of your choice;

Our PawSafe domestic flooring has a +36 PTV rating so is 100% safe flooring for dogs.  

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Is Vinyl Flooring Pet Friendly?

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Most luxury vinyl is water resistant and some varieties are even waterproof. It is easy to maintain, and easy to clean. Plus, it is soft underfoot. … So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly flooring that you and your pets will enjoy, luxury vinyl is an excellent choice.

Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option for families with pets. Luxury vinyl tile and vinyl sheet are highly durable, long-lasting, and resistant to moisture, scratches and dents. They are also easy to maintain.

This makes it the ideal flooring solution for spaces such as living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. In addition, vinyl plank flooring is very durable with commercial grade wear layers and fiberglass reinforcement. Vinyl can be installed on nearly any subfloor, with the thicker floors being forgiving to imperfect subfloors.

Top of the list for dogs and cats must surely be vinyl flooring. … New luxury vinyl sheet, tile or plank flooring is an even better option thanks to its added thickness. Installed properly vinyl will wear well, with no scratches or tears, and with its water resistant qualities is a cinch to clean.

Floors for paws has all the attributes of normal luxury vinyl plus the added advantage of an unique micro-ridged design that ensures safe footing for 2 and 4 legs. Designed with the whole family in mind it is the perfect option for your home.

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