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Sep 20, 2021

Best Flooring Options for Homes with Pets


Pets are family members, but your affinity for your four-legged companion doesn’t make it any less frustrating when they use the floor as their scratching post or outhouse. Choosing flooring that can weather the less appealing aspects of pet ownership is an excellent way to avoid frustration and reduce the stress of cleaning and maintenance.

When you’re looking for a new pet, you likely consider a lot of factors when choosing one that’s a perfect fit for you or your family. This rule should also apply when choosing the best flooring solution. There are so many flooring options out there that it begs the question: Which ones are pet-friendly?

Pet owners looking for new flooring will want to seek out flooring styles that possess certain key attributes. Some of these attributes include:

  • Resistance to wear and tear
  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Scratch resistance

In addition, your final decision needs to balance design preferences, tolerance for cleaning and ease and affordability of replacement.

Luxury vinyl flooring is in many important ways the best flooring for families with pets. It checks all of the above boxes.

From beautifully realistic stone to the elegant hardwood plank, Metroflor has a tough luxury vinyl tile or plank to suit your interior flooring needs.

Why Are Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) the Best Flooring for Pets?

If you are looking for highly durable, elegantly designed flooring that’s easy to maintain, luxury vinyl tile is the ideal choice for you. LVT and LVP accurately mimic luxury flooring materials without the fragility or vulnerability to spills and water common in authentic stone or wood.

Luxury vinyl tile is made of layers of vinyl sealed at the top with a durable, water-resistant wear layer. The thickness of the wear layer varies based on the type of luxury vinyl. Families with pets or children and those with high traffic might opt for a thicker wear layer to guarantee long life and enhanced protection from tears and deep gouges.

Innovative Designs

Life is full of trade-offs. Many homeowners might assume they need to settle for a less-than-perfect style to get a pet-resistant flooring solution. Luxury vinyl tile and plank is proof that you don’t always have to compromise on style to get a durable, long-lasting flooring that’s also waterproof.

There are a variety of different lines of Metroflor luxury vinyl flooring with a diverse array of styles, from bamboo, cement or hardwood to ceramic and natural stone. You can enjoy your design of choice without compromising the standard of quality required as a pet owner.

Durable, Water Resistant and Stain Resistant Flooring

Owning a pet usually comes with a lot of responsibility, including a lot of cleaning up after them. Luxury vinyl tiles can handle everything your pet dishes out, regardless of the type and age of the pet.

Accidents can and will happen. For some flooring materials there’s not a second to waste after pet accidents. Hardwood can quickly be damaged by puddles, and many types of tile are susceptible to stains seeping into porous surfaces or grout. In addition to being moisture resistant, many of Metroflor’s LVT and LVP are also exceptionally stain resistant.

The wear layer stands up well to the pitter patter of little claws and paws. Plus, luxury vinyl flooring is comfortable. It’s not too soft or too hard, making it an inviting surface for your whole family, including the four-legged members.

Easy to Clean

It’s not always easy to clean some types of flooring. You can’t mop carpet, and getting hardwood too wet isn’t an option, even if you need to clean up a noxious puddle. Most vinyl manufacturers recommend using a pH-neutral cleaner if you need something more than just wet mopping with water. Many of these cleaners are available from the manufacturer’s website. That said, its chemical and stain resistance are one of the reasons LVT and LVP are popular options in healthcare settings.

You can look up your flooring material’s Chemical & Stain Resistance

on our website for additional information. You’ll likely discover that not only is your brand of Metroflor LVT and LVP exceptionally stain resistant, but it can also withstand fairly powerful cleaning chemicals without fear of damage.

Get a Great Flooring for Your Pets and Family

Unlike other flooring solutions, luxury vinyl comes with a tough protective layer resistant to chipping, scuffing and cracking. It combines low maintenance with durability for peace of mind and an easy ownership experience, even for households with pets.

Luxury Vinyl Tile is arguably the best flooring option for homes with pets since it ticks all the right boxes for pet-friendly flooring. In addition to withstanding pet-related damages, luxury vinyl tile also boasts exceptional design versatility and is much more affordable than the natural flooring materials it accurately mimics.

Get a Floor with a Petproof Warranty

Many LVT/LVP manufacturers offer a warranty that covers the floor from damages that could be caused by pets, so don’t just go by the hype. Check the manufacturer’s warranty to make sure it has a pet-friendly warranty. Metroflor’s Inception and Genesis waterproof floors have a pet warranty in addition to the waterproof warranty. One caveat though, if your pet has an accident, most petproof warranties require the homeowner to clean the accident immediately, so don’t dally when there’s an accident on your vinyl floor.

If you’re looking for tough, waterproof flooring we recommend browsing through our many Genesis and Inception styles.

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