Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tips to Finding a Pet-Friendly Floor

The majority of U.S. households have pets. We adore our furry friends! But they can be rough on some types of floors. Dogs and cats have nails that pose one of the biggest challenges with some hard surfaces. They can scratch a hardwood if not trimmed. Additionally, some pets can be prone to forgetting their good behavior inside (wink wink) and leave you with an unexpected surprise! The good news is there are solutions to this hard surface dilemma.

A more popular choice is vinyl flooring for pet-friendly homes. Vinyl sheet or tile floors are recommended because they last a long time due to their durability and resistance to moisture, scratches, and dents. They are also easy to maintain. Vinyl come in a huge assortment of designs and colors. You can even get vinyl that look like real wood or stone, so you don't have to sacrifice your design tastes. And another tip: vinyl softens the noise of your pet's nails on the floor.

Another great option is laminate flooring because it gives you the look of hardwood and provides a robust surface for your cuddly companions. Laminate affords fewer concerns about wetness, dings, and nicks. But while laminate flooring is more resistant to dampness, you'll need to clean up any liquids promptly to avoid any long-term damage to the floor. Although laminate is relatively new to the marketplace it is surprisingly affordable and cost effective which makes it a great option when looking for a pet friendly floor.

Keep in mind, some hard surface floors do have restrictions. Hardwood and pets aren't typically a good match. If your pet creates any puddles on your hardwood floor, you have to clean them up right away to avoid warping and staining. Your pet's nails are the worst culprit in preventing hard wood from looking their best. We recommend keeping their nails trimmed frequently to maintain beautiful hardwood floors. If you decide to keep your hard wood despite the risks, it is advised to keep a mat right outside the primary pet entrance to help reduce any sand, gravel, or grit that will make your rooms look unsightly.

When picking a new floor keep in mind Fido and Snowball and find the match that will make your pet feel welcome and maintain your peace of mind without compromising your style. Our experts can help you find the best choice to meet your needs.

Hauptman's Floor Covering, Inc is family owned and operated serving the greater Phoenix area for over 40 years. Our 75 plus years of combined experience means you can be sure your floors will be amazing! We also specialize in bathroom and kitchen remodels. Call today for a free in home estimate 602-550-3429 or visit us online at http://www.HauptmansFloorCovering.com.
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