Pet-smart flooring that won’t leave your wallet whining
Choosing the best underfoot covering versus the best under-paw covering can lead to different results. At Floorsmart, we often field numerous questions from our clients about which floors are best for pets in Pietermaritzburg. Whether you’re looking for the best floor for your pet in Pietermaritzburg, Ballito or Umhlanga, at Floorsmart we always advise that the the principles are the same:
- Your little human will eventually learn to walk upright, but your pet won’t. You’ll need a hardworking surface that can handle scratches.
- Your baby won’t shed any fur indoors, while your furbaby will do so for life.
- Your baby may mess and draw on the walls initially, but once the toddler years are over, not so much! Your furbaby though is likely to bring in the odd dead bird or mole, and more than the odd grain of sand. You need an easy-to-clean floor.
- If noise is a consideration, you may want a surface that minimizes noise. We have had clients here at Floorsmart in Pietermaritzburg, for example, opting for short-pile carpets. While you may think that this is counter-intuitive, these clients would typically have short-haired, low-shedding dogs. Fur shed is therefore not the issue, but loud paws on a hard surface in the middle of your good night rest when your little fur one decides that the moon is call to night-time playing, is. Your decision would be different if your pet makes accidents in the house.
The point of all of this being: if you’re choosing a floor primarily with your pet in mind – something that we see commonly from Ballito to Hilton and Umhlanga – the perspective informing your choice is fundamentally different from what it would have been. By and large, at Floorsmart we recommend that the primary consideration is durability, and something that is amenable to both dogs and humans. By ‘durable’ we mean that the floor must be:
- Impact resistant
- Moisture resistant
- Scratch resistant.
With that in mind, we recommend the following when looking for What is the best type of flooring for pets?
Vinyl is no longer the thin option it used to be. Thanks to evolution in manufacturing techniques and competition from so many makers, the floor is a decent, good-looking, durable, low-cost option.
Your pet will love it’s warmth in winter, and you can always install radiation coils or underfloor heating. In the typically hot and humid summers, this is a perfect floor for Ballito, Umhlanga or any other area, that will be cool to the touch for your pet. Your dog or cat will also find the surface has a good grip – unlike with certain kinds of cement or tile, they needn’t fear slipping and sliding across the floor.
2. Laminate flooring
Our Floorsmart clients sometimes don’t understand this recommendation at first because laminate doesn’t score overly highly in the moisture-resistance department. However, what it lacks here, it more than compensates for in scratch-resistance. So, if your dog does not urinate indoors, and you don’t intend to use it in the kitchen or bathroom, laminate is a perfectly legitimate go-to.
We’d round out this list with bamboo, certain kinds of non-slip tiles and short-pile carpeting. Wood – whether solid or engineered – is fine if you have the budget to factor in the risk of repairs. In our experience at Floorsmart in Pietermaritzburg, most cats and dogs simply cannot resist the lure of scratching wood.