There are some “experts” who say to avoid carpet as a residential flooring installation option if you have a pet, but I had no problem.
Of course it required a little extra thought, I needed to be sure the carpet fibers were tight enough so he couldn’t snag his nails on it. I also needed a pet-friendly color.
Oh, and a word to the wise: This is one more reason why you must go with a professional cleaning service: I didn’t rinse as well as I should have, and he was allergic to the soap and kept coughing and gagging. Not to mention that it didn’t dry fast enough, and my home smelled.
Tile and stone can be great choices for your flooring installation if you have a pet, because they’re both scratch resistant, and the scratches that do occur are no big deal, because they don’t really show. They’re also moisture-resistant, so that makes it easy to clean up, but they’re cold and hard. Cold is good for sunny and hot weather, so it’s ideal for Myrtle Beach Flooring, but it might not be all that comfortable for your fur-baby to lie on.
Tile can also get a bit slippery, so if your pet is a wild child who loves to run, he or she can skid and get hurt.
Making Hardwood Pet-Friendly for Your Residential Flooring Installation
Hardwood’s still the most popular choice (with carpeting), and you don’t need to avoid it if you have pets!
First, select a hard species, such as oak or hickory. Second, ask your flooring specialist about the best pet-friendly finishes that not only safeguard the floors from scratches and dents, but also protect your pet for slippery surfaces. Yes, they do exist!
Third, of course, is to avoid the issue entirely, by keeping the pets nails trimmed.
Also remember that wood can be damaged from excess moisture, so wipe up spills immediately (water bowls and “accidents” to be specific.)
Here’s the good news, too: Hardwood floors are repairable, and you can always replace some of the boards if you have to. Some people will also use a wood-look material, such as a tile or laminate, but also know that laminate can be slippery, so if you have a runner….!
At Young Interiors, we know it really comes down to your dog’s habits, such as runner vs. sedentary. We’ll also tell you about our flooring installation services because, after all, installation can be just as important as the initial purchase.