Pets represent an additional member of your family, but they also represent a different sort of challenge to your home, especially to your floors. Claws and accidents, as well as the materials your pets can track inside, can cause a substantial amount of distress to some types of flooring. Fortunately, there are several types of flooring materials that are able to withstand the unique stresses that come with owning pets.
Vinyl flooring is an affordable option for homeowners looking for a material that can hold up to the stresses of pet ownership. Vinyl is made out of plastic materials and comes with a clear surface layer that makes it highly resistant to scratching. Vinyl is extremely resistant to moisture damage and will not warp or curl if exposed to high amounts of humidity, mud, spills, and other liquids that can come with pets. Another key benefit of choosing vinyl flooring over other types of flooring is that it can be made to resemble other, less pet-resistant, flooring materials, such as hardwood, or more expensive alternatives, such as natural stone. However, vinyl flooring will not boost the resale value of your home as other types of flooring can.
Tiles that are made out of ceramic are one of the best choices for homeowners with multiple pets. Ceramics are extremely hard and resistant to scratching, denting, and cracking — and in the event that they are damaged or broken, they can be easily replaced by removing the single damaged tile, reducing repair costs. Ceramic tile is also non-absorbent, which can help protect against staining and make the cleanup of accidents substantially easier when housetraining your pets. Two key downsides of ceramic tiles are that they can be quite slippery while wet and that they can be extremely cold in the winter.
Though not often thought of as a residential flooring option, concrete flooring tiles or stained or etched concrete floors are a great option for homeowners with pets. Concrete can be easily textured so that it provides adequate grip to pets who may be running around, even while wet. It is also extremely affordable, especially compared to natural stone or even ceramic tiling, but when etched or stained with acid, it can take on a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles, even mimicking ceramics and natural stone if you so desire. However, like ceramic tiles, concrete floors can be quite cold in the winter, which may be uncomfortable for you and your pets.
Contact a floor installation service for more information.