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Pet Proof Your Floors

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Style, texture, durability and longevity are all factors to consider when choosing new flooring. However, if you are a pet owner, that longevity and durability will be even more important to ensure your animals are comfortable, and your wallet isn”t constantly burdened with cleaning or replacement costs. Pick the right option for your lifestyle, and it will prevent a future of clawing your hair out.

Vinyl or Tile
With pet”s nails and random accidents, flooring needs to be durable and resistant to moisture. Both vinyl and tile floors are long-lasting options that are resistant to dents and scratches.

Carpet
Even with normal wear and tear, carpeting is one of the worst options for pet owners because it is easy to destroy. Stains will appear and spots around the room will wear down unevenly. If carpeting is the only option for your budget, make sure it doesn”t have any loops for pets” nails to get stuck on.

Bamboo and Laminate
If the hardwood look is calling to you, bamboo or laminate are sturdy alternatives. Both options give you the hardwood look but are more durable. Bamboo is usually pretreated and thus also stain resistant.

Hardwood
Although the sleek look of hardwood is tempting for new flooring; it is the second worst option for your pets. They are prone to water damage which can warp the wood and ruin a large part of your floor. Messes need to be cleaned up quickly and pets” nails need to be kept short at all times to prevent scratches and other damage.