Pets are excellent companions, but they certainly don’t do any favors in helping keep your floors clean. If you’re a proud pet owner who is thinking about replacing your floors, it’s important to make sure that you choose a type of floor that won’t be damaged by your pet.

What to Consider When Choosing a Pet-Friendly

Chief considerations when choosing a pet-friendly floor include:
• Can the floor resist scratches?
• Will the floor be comfortable for both you and your pets?
• Is the floor easy to clean?
• Is the floor durable?

Dogs and cats have nails that can cause severe damage to certain types of floors. This is why it’s essential to ensure that your floors can withstand constant claw traffic from pets. You also need to take into account the occasional accident your pet might have.


Carpet my seem like a poor flooring choice for homes with pets, but having a pet does not mean you have to say no to a carpet floor. Carpet is the most comfortable flooring option for your pet, as your pet likely spends most of their day laying on the floor. Carpet is also a non-slip surface, which is safer for animals who tend to run and slip on harder flooring services. And lastly, carpet absorbs sounds made by your pet, thereby making your home more peaceful.

A main concern for having a carpet floor with a pet is stain absorption. If your pet has an accident on the carpet, the mess is going to be more difficult to clean up than it would on a harder service. The moisture from these pet accidents can also allow bacteria and mold growth to form.

However, some carpets have been designed specifically to prevent pet stains from soaking through to your carpet padding. These carpets allow zero moisture absorption, contain spill and soil shield for easy cleanup, and come with lifetime, built-in stain protection. And you may also consider getting carpet tiles, which are easier to replace in sections, rather than having to replace the entire carpet.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a common type of flooring for homeowners with pets. However, it’s important to know that your hardwood could be exposed to water damage and staining caused by pet accidents. And if these accidents aren’t cleaned up quickly, your hardwood could become warped and discolored. Your pet is also likely to scratch your hardwood floors, depending on how often their nails are groomed.

If you decide to go with hardwood flooring, there are certain types of materials that are best for owners of smaller pets, including Brazilian Walnut, Hard Maple, and Bamboo. If you have a larger animal, it would be best to stay away from softer woods.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring is a great option for pet owners. This type of flooring is easy to clean and is resistant to water and stains. With regular cleaning and maintenance, your tile floor will stay pristine, even if you have a pet.

Vinyl Flooring

The vinyl flooring of today is far different from the vinyl flooring of your childhood home. Luxury vinyl flooring (also referred to as ‘LVT,’ ‘luxury vinyl tile,’ or ‘luxury vinyl plank’) is the go-to flooring choice of many people, including pet owners. The main reason is because luxury vinyl flooring has the look of authentic hardwood, ceramic, or stone, without all the maintenance hassles.

Hardwood and tile floors take a lot of maintenance to keep their good looks, as they are easily dulled, scuffed, dinged and scratched. LVT flooring is hardier than other types of floors, primarily because LVT has a wear layer that adds a good amount of durability and lifespan.

LVT is also very easy to clean. A regular sweeping or vacuuming usually does the trick. Even tougher stains, like pet accidents, are easier to get out, because you can use harsher chemicals on LVT than you can on wood or stone. And certain planks of LVT are fully waterproof; they will will not be warped by moisture in anyway.

Vinyl floors can handle claw marks and are comfortable as well. Your pet will love vinyl floors because they are cool during the summer and warm during winter. Additionally, unlike hardwood floors, you won’t have to worry about your pet slipping on the vinyl floor when they rush to the door to greet you when you arrive home.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is another practical flooring option for pet owners. It is easy to clean and is scratch-resistant. Laminate flooring is made from pressed wood, which means it is also resistant to moisture, staining, and other types of water damage. If you have a dog, a thicker laminate will also reduce the tapping sound the dog makes when they walk on the floor. Laminate flooring, however, is pretty slick, so your dog might slip when they run across the floor.

Which Flooring is Best For Pet Owners?

Deciding what flooring to install in your home is an important decision for pet owners. Regarding ease of cleanup and resistance to damage, LVT and laminate flooring will commonly suit you best. But there are many other factors to consider as well, including personal taste, furniture matching, interior design preference, and so on.

Choosing the right type of flooring for your home will provide a comfortable and sturdy solution for all members of your family, including your pet. If you need guidance on which type of flooring to install, contact our experts at Loudoun Valley Floors today for a free estimate.