Australian’s really love their animal amigo’s with one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Over 63% of Aussie households include a furry friend. Pets are harder on wooden floors than us upright walkers and the pitter-patter of paws can cause some nasty wear and tear on your boards. So, unless you’re prepared to put your pooch in socks or cut back their claws, you’ll need to pick a pet friendly floor.
We’ve put together a quick guide to help you pick the perfect paw compatible floors for your beloved pooch or feline.
Hardwood or solid timber floors are generally the most popular of our flooring products but the bad news is they’re not all that pet friendly. Aside from their classic, clean look, solid timber flooring tends to soak up stains and water. Repeated pet ‘accidents’ can cause long-term damage to your floors. The rule of thumb is, the harder the wood, the more hard wearing it is, making our oak, cherry mahogany and jarrah ideal choices. Softer woods like pine and chestnut tend to be more absorbent to stains and scratches.
If you already have hardwood floors, don’t fret; you can get a urethane coating which adds an extra layer of support. Keeping your pets nails short and consistently filed will assist in keeping your floors scratch free.
Laminate is one of the more robust flooring choices on offer with its scratch-resistant properties making it an attractive offering for pet owners. While it may seem like a pet-compatible options, laminate flooring is shinny, which can cause a little bit of difficulty for your furry friends whose slipping and sliding on the surface can cause some damage to their bodies. The luxury of laminate lies in the many design options available, so if possible, chose a laminate floor option with a textured or embossed finish. This helps keep your pooch in place.
Harder than the hardest of hardwoods, Bamboo is the perfect flooring choice for people and pets alike. It’s incredibly robust which means it can handle loads of foot traffic from both two and four legged friends. It’s also the greener choice as it’s completely renewable and won’t wear out easily. Bamboo flooring is superbly stain resistant; protecting you against accidental spills. All these details make it the definitive choice for longevity and resilience.
Cork is practically a wonder-floor. This hardwearing hero, helps insulate your home and is made from environmentally friendly sustainable material. As an antimicrobial type of flooring, it stops mould growing and keeps allergens at bay. Made from sound absorbing material, it reduces the impact of the midnight pitter-patter and is softer on both paws and people. For the most part, cork is water resistant but its natural make-up may cause discolouration over time.