Pets and floors don’t always get along. One simple accident can permanently stain a carpet or warp your hardwood. Thankfully, there are a number of pet-friendly flooring products available to Moorhead homeowners that are durable, water-resistant, and stunningly beautiful! Below, the experts from Floor Coverings International Fargo discuss their three favorite pet-friendly flooring choices.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Don’t worry – you don’t have to sacrifice style when it comes to luxury vinyl! Unlike the old sheet vinyl you might remember from your childhood, modern luxury vinyl comes in interlocking planks or tiles that are made to look just like real hardwood or stone. Hardwood-look luxury vinyl planks come in a variety of hardwood styles, and they are even imprinted with realistic hardwood graining.
Luxury vinyl tile or plank is the go-to choice for pet owners because, when installed properly, it can be 100% waterproof! This means that you won’t have to worry about swelling, warping, or discoloration stemming from an unnoticed pet accident. Unlike hardwood, luxury vinyl is difficult to scratch and dent thanks to its resilient nature. Pair luxury vinyl with a cork underlayment to provide your furry friends with a cushiony floor that will be kind on their (and your) joints.
Get the look of hardwood and the durability of tile with wood-look tile! This flooring product is exactly what it sounds like – it is ceramic or porcelain tile that is manufactured with realistic hardwood graining and designs so that it looks just like real hardwood.
However, unlike real hardwood, these ceramic or porcelain tiles will be tough to scratch and stain. Like luxury vinyl, they will resist water damage and won’t warp from pet accidents. This tile is also incredibly easy to clean, as it won’t require special cleaners. The only downside to wood-look tile is that it is relatively dense, making it less comfortable underfoot (or paw).
Laminate flooring has been a household staple for a long time and is even a preferred choice amongst home renovators thanks to its hardwood appearance and easy installation. Laminate flooring most commonly comes in hardwood-look planks, but it can come in solid or stone-look tiles as well.
What makes laminate flooring so pet-friendly is its clear, durable, top layer. This wear layer protects the product from scratches and water damage, while still showing off the design underneath. While laminate will feel the most like hardwood underfoot, it is the least resistant to water damage out of these choices. We love it because it is affordable, easy to install, and easy to clean.
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With these pet-friendly flooring options, you don’t have to compromise style for practicality! Contact Floor Coverings International Fargo today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect flooring for your Moorhead home. We proudly serve Fargo, West Fargo, Cass County and surrounding areas.
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