The ownership of a dog and the ownership of a home can sometimes clash. You want to put down some lovely laminate flooring, but you’re afraid about your dog’s mobility and comfort because you don’t know how it will hold up to his claws. We want you and your dog to be happy and healthy, and we want you to enjoy your home. There are several considerations that are unique to a home with a dog (or dogs). Continue reading to learn more about the finest flooring for dog owners!
Resistance to Scratches
For dog owners, scratch resistance is a major problem. Your dog has claws, and even if she gets manicures on a regular basis, those claws could scratch your floors. You want a floor that can withstand the frequent clawing. Fortunately, laminate flooring is one of the most scratch-resistant pet flooring options. However, not all flooring manufacturers or models are the same in this region. When purchasing laminate, pay close attention to the product’s abrasion categorization specifications (AC).
Resistant to Water
You should be concerned about water resistance if you have pets in the house. Water and snow will track into the house, and even the best-trained dog will have accidents.
Water resistance varies by laminate, which is essential because laminate is quickly destroyed by standing or puddled water. It’s important to consider the level of water resistance and any additional protection that the laminates you’re considering provide.
Absorption of sound
When people walk on laminate flooring, one concern that all homeowners may encounter is how noisy it can be. This is especially true if the family member strolling on the floor has four legs and claws (who occasionally barks). If you want to make sure the floor is quiet enough, there are a variety of underlayments available, ranging from cork to cloth, that will assist in absorbing the sound of claws clicking.
Traction is the final factor to examine. While the other elements are vital to homeowners and neighbors, your dog will be most concerned with this last one.
Dogs and humans do not share the same bond with the ground. Dog paws were not designed to walk on hard, slick surfaces; they were designed to walk on grass, mud, and rock. When dogs walk, they use their claws to hold the ground, and they can’t easily grip a slippery hard surface like laminate.
You can also take steps to make the floor more secure. For starters, throw rugs and runners can be used in locations where your dog is likely to walk or lie down. These will make it easier for your dog to move around and for senior canines to get up.
Look for textured laminate flooring as well. Some manufacturers make laminate that resembles the texture of actual wood. If you want to give your dog additional traction, this is a wonderful option.