shutterstock_237776392The Pacific Northwest is known for being particularly accommodating towards its pets, and we here at Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR are all for that mindset. Unfortunately though, those amazing critters that you love so much can be disastrous towards your floors. There are some preventative measures that you can take in order to keep your floors from getting damaged, such as clipping claws to prevent gauges and scratches, and having well trained pets who know not to do their business in the living room. But let’s face it, accidents happen. With that in mind, here are the best floor coverings for homes that want to have high quality floors as well as hang on to their pets. You can have the best of both worlds!

 

Vinyl

 

Vinyl flooring is a great choice for pet owners. Vinyl is one of the most durable flooring materials out there, and thanks to new manufacturing processes that give us things like Luxury Vinyl Tile, you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for Fido. One of the biggest perks of vinyl flooring is that it is super water and stain resistant. Unlike hardwood that will warp in the wet, or carpet that stains, vinyl will hold up to most accidents it meets. From spilled water bowls and food dishes to poorly potty-trained pups, vinyl flooring is an excellent pet-friendly flooring option.

 

Concrete

 

While this may not be the most conventional answer, don’t reject it out of hand! Concrete floors have become very popular lately, especially in homes that have contemporary, modern, or minimalistic design aesthetics. Concrete resists stains and moisture, and is hard enough that it will weather scrapes and scratches much better than softer floor covering options. And don’t think that concrete floors have to look utilitarian or militaristic, there are plenty of ways to spruce them up, from painting, to staining, to stamping.

 

Stone

 

Stone floors are great for pet owners for the same reasons that concrete floors are. There is very little risk of staining—that ever present risk that comes with carpet. Moisture has very little effect on stone flooring when compared to other types of floor coverings as well. You won’t have to worry about stone looking bad with your décor either, as there are so many styles and types, that this classic look will complement nearly any style.

 

We hope we’ve given you some things to consider as you move forward with your flooring journey. Whatever floor covering you choose, Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland is there for you and your pet!

 

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