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Best Flooring Materials for Homes with Dogs

Dogs are nicknamed Man’s Best Friend (or Woman’s Best Friend!) for a reason. You can’t beat their loyalty, funny antics, and unwavering love. The right pup will enrich your life and leave a mark on your heart.

Unfortunately, anyone who’s lived with dogs knows that they can also leave marks on your flooring. We love them, but our furry friends sure do leave a lot of messes, whether it’s fur and dandruff, mud and dirt, scratches, or waste. If you have a puppy, a senior dog, or a pup with special needs, this may be even more of an issue.

What to Look for in Flooring if You Have a Dog

Flooring is an investment, and if you have one or more dogs, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing an appropriate flooring material to protect that investment. Here are some factors you’ll want to consider for your floor:

  • Upkeep and cleaning
  • Comfort and padding
  • Traction
  • resistance to scratches, stains, and water

Which Types of Flooring Are Best for Dogs?

The following flooring types are generally good for families who share their home with a furry canine friend.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl has soared in popularity in recent years, largely due to technological advances that have greatly enhanced the look and feel of this flooring material, especially in the luxury vinyl plank variety. Available in a wide variety of thicknesses, colors, and even textures, vinyl flooring is durable and cost-effective, so you won’t have to break the bank for quality. As a bonus, cleaning is a snap.

Tile Flooring

Tile is one of the most durable and long-lasting flooring materials available today and has been a popular choice for many years. This classic flooring style is waterproof or water-resistant, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean and maintain. Tile flooring is available in porcelain, ceramic, or stone varieties, and even comes in prints that effectively mimic hardwood, marble, or other luxe materials.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate is a lightweight flooring material that’s great at withstanding scratches, making it perfect for high-energy dogs that have a penchant for running around indoors. It’s also stain-resistant, easy to clean, and can come in water-resistant varieties. Laminate is one of the most affordable flooring options; however, its slick surface may not be ideal for aging dogs.

Find the Best Floor for Your Furry Friend

If you have a pet in the family and are looking for the best flooring options for your home, let GS Flooring help with selection, purchase, delivery, and installation. GS Flooring is a locally owned and operated business in St. George, Utah. We’ve been providing residents of Southern Utah with exceptional flooring quality, fair prices, and unbeatable customer service for over 25 years. We offer a wide variety of both carpet and hard-surface flooring appropriate for both residential and commercial settings. To learn more, visit us in person at our store or contact us today.