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According to the Alberta Center for Agriculture and Forestry, over 57% of Canadian homes have pets and the majority of these homes also house children below the age of 18. While there is no doubt that you love your kids and animal companions, they can be tough on your floors. So, when you’re renovating your home or building a new one, focusing on flooring is essential. You need a pet friendly flooring that can endure the use and abuse of kids and pets while retaining its looks.
Here are three popular kinds of floors, read on to find out which one meets your requirements.
On the Boarder:
Hardwood Flooring may not be the best flooring option when you have pets at home that play fetch and kids that race through your rooms. Even though this material is quite durable, it may scratches easily and your pet’s claws will leave gouges in the wood. There are also bound to be some accidents. Your pet could leave a puddle on the floor. Urine not only stains wood, but you will also have to deal with the lingering smell. You will have to clean up this mess fast or it might seep into the wood and cause permanent damage. You might even have to strip that part of the floor, sand it, and refinish it.
Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed and your kids’ soccer cleats off the floor are some ways to avoid damaging your wooden flooring. You could also have a separate playroom for your kids, where you can cover the floors with rubber play mats and pet friendly area rugs to avoid damage. The best thing to do, maintenance wise, when you have hardwood floors, is to coat them with high-quality urethane so that they are more resistant to scratches and stains.
Flooring that Makes the cut:
The resilience of laminate flooring makes it an excellent choice if you have pets and kids at home. Laminates can mimic the effect of hardwood and they don’t show scratches as easily as other materials. Plastic laminate is one of the more durable flooring choices in the market and is also the easiest to clean and would be considered best flooring for dogs.
The issue with these floors is that they are slippery, especially the high-gloss laminates. This can be a problem for your kids and pets, when they are running around the house. This problem can be solved by placing rugs in the heavy traffic areas of your home. Make sure you seal laminate floors properly or the chemicals used to manufacture it might affect your child or pet if they have asthma.
Tiles And Stone Flooring
These flooring types are apt for families with kids and pets, as they do not scratch easily and if they do, the damage isn’t always apparent. Tiles and stone flooring are both easy to clean, especially if the spillages are liquid in nature. The floor can be too hard and cold for pets to lie on or kids to play on, but that can be solved with underfloor heating or rugs. Tiles, such as ceramic and porcelain, are considered some of the best cheap flooring options available to homeowners.
This kind of flooring can mimic the look and feel of anything from slate to hardwood. It is ideal for homes with small children and pets as luxury vinyl planks are moisture-resistant and easy to maintain. They do not emit harmful chemicals, making it safer for kids, adults, and pets who suffer from breathing problems. You won’t have to worry about spills, scratches or stains damaging vinyl as it is extremely durable.
It’s important to pick a flooring type that works for you and your family. As long as your kids and pets are able to play without damaging your precious floors, everybody wins.