The Best Flooring Types For Dogs

Man’s best friend has always had a special place in the home. Dogs are basically furry children—we play with them, cuddle with them on the couch while watching our favorite shows, and we even make sure to leave the lights on and their toys out when we leave for the day. Dogs have a special place in our hearts, for a good reason. They give us endless love, protect us, and are simply adorable.

But dogs do things that may frustrate us sometimes, like tear apart our shoes, dig holes in the yard, and dirty our recently cleaned home. Training your dog can usually help keep these behaviors at a minimum, but just like kids, dogs get into trouble from time to time. Even with these misbehaviors, we still love dogs and we will still do just about anything for them. This includes changing our flooring.

Some flooring styles do not mix well with dogs. Whether it is because it is easily torn up, scratched, or shows muddy paw prints a little too well, there are flooring choices that can make your life easier and keep your floors looking nicer. There are pros and cons to each flooring type when a dog is involved, and knowing which one is right for your pooch and your home may be difficult, but we can help.

At Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, we offer many different flooring styles, from carpet to floating plank and everything in between! We can help you find the right flooring type for your home that you and your pup will love. In this blog we will give you the pros and cons of different flooring types for dogs—read on for more information!

Carpet

While carpet may seem to be the best for dogs because it doesn’t show muddy prints, it hides the hair, and is comfortable for pups, it actually may not be the best option. Your dogs would probably pick carpet for themselves because it is soft, warm, and nicer to lay on than other options. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this flooring type when it comes to dogs.

Pros

There are many pros to having carpet for dogs. It is soft for them to lay on, allowing them to sleep anywhere throughout a home. It also doesn’t show hair as much as other flooring types might. Carpet is great for older dogs who have trouble standing, it gives them a grip allowing them to get up on their own.

Cons

Honestly, carpet may be the worse flooring type for dogs. Not only does it collect hair and should be vacuumed often (at least if you want your home and air to be clean), but it also sees a great deal of wear and tear. Carpet with loops may get worn out and ruined quicker because dogs nails may snag the carpet. Plus, carpet is terrible to have with a new puppy. They are still being house trained and will often use your carpet as their bathroom, this is hard to clean and may stain, causing your carpet to look old and dingy really quick. Some dogs, especially those with a digging problem, may use your carpet as their indoor grass and tear it apart, meaning you will need to get it replaced. Carpet needs a lot of care when you have pets, and even with proper care, your dogs will cause it to look more worn out. If you want your home to look nice and clean, carpet is not a great flooring choice.

Hardwood

Solid hardwood is beautiful, rich, and adds value to your home. That is, if you can keep it looking nice. Hardwood may not be the best choice for dogs, but there are some pros.

Pros

If you invest in the hardest of the hardwood flooring, you will have better luck keeping it intact. Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring are often a good choice because they are designed with a strong and protective layer that helps prevent scratches and staining.

Cons

Hardwood is another flooring option that may not be great for dogs. Even the toughest hardwoods may become gouged, scratched, or worn in other ways. Many pet owners forget to consider water when they are picking out flooring. The water bowl and a dog playing in the rain can cause damage to your hardwood floors. If a water bowl spills or your dogs goes for a swim in the pond in your backyard and then heads straight inside to lay on your flooring, you may have a problem. Hardwood can warp when water and moisture is applied to it, keeping a mat under the water bowl can help a bit, but some dogs enjoy carrying their water around before swallowing it, allowing it to drip out all over your flooring. Let’s go back to the potty training pup. If a dog pees on hardwood flooring, the salt crystals can stick around for a while, even after the mess is cleaned up. These crystals can cause stains and odor to reappear.

Tile

Tile is another good flooring type that can add a stylish touch to your home. And again, there are pros and cons to this style of flooring.

Pros

Tile is hard, durable, and able to handle dog’s roughness. It is scratch resistant, water resistant, and will not become damaged if your dog has an accident. Tile flooring with thicker grout can help add some traction for your dogs to easily maneuver across the floor.

Cons

The traction is a big issue when it comes to tile. Some tile is very slick and can cause your dogs to slip across it. Again, tile with thick grout can help fix this problem, it adds more traction for your pooch. This can be bad for your older dogs too, especially if they have trouble standing, the slick surface will become a challenge for them and make it difficult to get to their feet. Tile is also hard for dogs to sleep on, but getting them a plush bed or laying down rugs can help fix this problem.

Laminate

Laminate has become a popular flooring choice for a few reasons. It allows for you to get the look of hardwood without the high price. It also is often harder than hardwood, making it scratch resistant, but is it good for your pup?

Pros

As mentioned above, laminate offers a hard surface, allowing for this flooring type to be more scratch resistant and abel to handle your rowdy dogs. Laminate has a strong clear layer on the surface, making it able to resist scratches. These floors are easy to clean and are very stain resistant.

Cons

That thick clear layer on the surface of laminate that we mentioned, it actually can cause problems for your dog. This creates a super slick surface which causes your dog so slip as they walk around the home. This can be a problem for older dogs, and well as younger dogs, causing them to walk differently, which may damage their hips. Rugs can help this however, so don’t cross it off your list yet.

Linoleum

Linoleum is a good choice for flooring and for pup, but just like all of the other flooring type, it has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look!

Pros

Linoleum is water resistant, easy to clean, and if also hypoallergenic and antibacterial. This is great for dog owners who also are or live with allergy or asthma sufferers. The soft surface of linoleum is quiet, keeping dog’s nails from clicking along the floor. While there are not as many patterns to choose from for linoleum, the pattern isn’t just on the surface, rather it is constant throughout the layer of flooring, this means that scratches are much more difficult to see and will last a lot longer than other flooring options.

Cons

Linoleum may be easy to clean, but it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it looking nice. Linoleum has a tendency to fade and may begin degrading. This makes care and maintenance more important, including waxing and polishing. This flooring type also does not come in a lot of color options, which you may not like.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great flooring option for dog owners. This may be the best choice when it comes to flooring for dogs, but let’s take a look at the pros and cons, just to make it fair.

Pros

First of all, vinyl is a very affordable flooring option and it comes in a ton of different styles and looks. This makes it very appealing to those who want something stylish but that doesn’t break the bank. But when it comes to your dog, vinyl is still a great choice. This flooring type is very durable, it will not scratch, tear, or gouge, making it great for dogs. It is also water resistant, allowing you to worry less about the water bowl or your dog who loves to swim. It is an easy flooring to clean and requires little maintenance. Vinyl, like linoleum, is also low in allergens. It is also soft, allowing your pup to walk around without their nails clicking too loudly against the surface. This flooring type offers enough grip for dogs to confidently run across without slipping and sliding.

Cons

There are not many downsides to vinyl, especially when dogs are involved. However, unlike linoleum, vinyl may not have as long of a life. It dulls easily, and due to the fact that the pattern is printed on the surface, scratches may be visible overtime. Don’t go too cheap with vinyl, it will not last a long time and will gouge much more easily.

There are many different flooring choice to decide from, and when your dog is involved, the decision becomes much more difficult. There are benefits and downfalls to each of these flooring types, but some are better at handling dogs than others. Carpet is good for the softness, but the hair collected can become a problem for health, plus it wears easily. The other hard flooring types can be improved by placing rugs, but you have to be aware of what will scratch, what is water resistant, and what will allow your dog to walk around without slipping.

If you still need additional help choosing a floor type for your dog, contact us. Our flooring experts at Paul Evans Carpet and Flooring, can help you find the right flooring option for your and your furry friend. Stop by today to take a peek at our instock flooring options and get started on your dog-friendly floors today!