pet safe hardwood flooring

At Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we help homeowners find their dream floors. Many families living in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, and Westfield area have feline or canine members. With long fur and claws, pets post unique challenges when it comes to new flooring. Here are some of our favorite flooring options for Carmel pet owners.

Laminate and Vinyl

Laminate and luxury vinyl tile are both excellent choices for pet owners because their tough vinyl top layer is resistant to scratches. In fact, many flooring manufacturers, such as Shaw and Armstrong, produce “pet safe” versions of their most popular laminate and vinyl products. These flooring options have the additional benefit of being able to emulate the look and feel of any hardwood, which means that you can achieve the aesthetic of a softer wood, like cherry, without fear of nail damage.

Low-Pile Carpeting

It is a common misconception that carpeting is not compatible with dogs and cats. Though it is true that carpeting will trap fur in its fibers, regular vacuuming can keep your carpets free of pet dander. Shorter carpets work better with pets because it allows the vacuum cleaner more access to its base layer. Many pet owners have Berber carpeting. As a loop pile carpet, Berber also excels in terms of durability, making it a good choice for rambunctious pups.

Tough Hardwood

The relative strength of hardwood flooring is rated on the Janka Hardness scale. White oak, the most common hardwood flooring material available today, has a rating of 1,360. This is fairly average in terms of strength. Stronger woods have greater resistances to dings and scratches, making them well suited for pets. Consider Brazilian Cherry—a hardwood with a Janka score of 2,350—for Felix.

Learn More

For more information about pet-friendly flooring options, you can trust the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Carmel. We provide friendly service, quality products, and expert installation to families in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, and Westfield area. Call today to schedule your free, in-home consultation!

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