Why your furry best friend will love luxury vinyl flooring
As the time comes for to contemplate giving your floors an upgrade or simply replacing them as the old ones need to go (now!), we’ve fielded more and more questions from homeowners on what the best options are that their pets will love as well. Luxury vinyl flooring is one such option. We’ve seen an increasing number of home and pet owners opting for vinyl flooring in Underberg not just because the floor is fur- and static resistant, but because it generally makes for both happy humans and happy, wagging tails!
Why are more people keeping their dogs inside?
The trend for pet-friendly flooring, which often leads to the choice of vinyl flooring in Underberg as we’ve witnessed, as become a mainstay trend as people realise that dogs are pack animals. In the wild, dogs roam in packs. They dig underground dens, where they all sleep together. When a member of the pack does something wrong, the pack leader will banish the dog to outside of the pack for a while. So, too, as your vet will tell you – leaving your dog outside is seen as a form of punishment.
What the dogs wants is not its own space and lovely yard, which it will soon get bored of, but to be around you. It is also false to think that an outside dog is better than an inside dog against burglars. A dog protects its pack, not its property. Why would it protect the home and what’s in it, when it is never allowed there? You have signalled to your pooch that it is none of its business. The hearing of a dog inside, is also stronger than outside. It is finely attuned to pick up any disturbances to the norm from the outside.
We not only have to field questions about pet-friendly floors from homeowners, but also from frustrated landlords who are increasingly saddled with a demand for pet-friendly accommodation.
Luckily, one of the answers lies in luxury vinyl. So, if you’re in the Underberg and looking to switch to something that will kill many birds with one stone and make your kitty both happy and proud, make vinyl flooring in Underberg your go-to.
What is luxury vinyl flooring?
Many clients are quite shocked when we tell them that luxury vinyl flooring is in fact the fastest growing flooring trend worldwide. However, it is often confused with hard flooring and laminate. But, there are differences. These are both with regard to aesthetics and manufacture. When considering vinyl flooring in Underberg options, consider the luxury line as well.
Luxury vinyl can mimic to a high standard the look of natural hardwood floors. They can also mimic stone. However, you won’t pay nearly as much for maintenance and installation.
Luxury vinyl is made of a few layers pressed together (which is why it is sometimes called ‘hot pressed’):
- A vinyl backing
- A strong vinyl centre or core
- A print film layer – you can choose any design you fancy
- A protective clear layer on the outside. It is appropriately known as the ‘wear layer’.
- A finish of polyurethane coating. This is sometimes re-enforced further with aluminum oxide, ceramic bead or silica bead.
The wear layer and finish determine how much wear and tear the tile can handle without losing appeal. Heat and pressure are used to fuse these layers together.
The result? A gorgeous-looking, hardworking floor if you’re looking to instal vinyl flooring in Underberg.
Why your pets love luxury vinyl
So, back to those furry companions. These days, one of every two consults we do is for a home with indoor pets. So, when it comes to dispensing advice on this front, especially regarding vinyl flooring in Underberg and all related variations, rest assured we’ve dealt with this expertly in the past on numerous occasions.
Luxury vinyl is not just about luxury for your pet – it is about luxury for your pocket too! The indulgence of knowing the floor will stand up to fur-shedding and wear-and-tear from your pet. These are the most common floor challenges you’ll face with your indoor pet:
- They shed fur. They also spread dander. You need a floor that is static-resistant, especially if you have allergies. You do not want to be cleaning needlessly several times a day.
- You want a floor that isn’t too slippery. If not, your pooch will only slide over the floor uncomfortably, and secretly resent not being able to have a firm grip. You wouldn’t like to slide everywhere, why would your pet?
- Both dogs and cats grow long nails. An expression of play, nevermind boredom, involves scratching. You want a surface that won’t fall apart with the first few scratches. Or, that won’t cost a fortune to maintain, like genuine wood.
Vinyl flooring is durable and resilient. So, when considering your options for vinyl flooring in Underberg, you may want to spend a bit more upfront, to save long term. If your luxury vinyl plants are quality installed by professionals, your pets won’t be able to detract from the beauty of the finish easily.
They are also quite thick, thanks to the hot-pressure combination of various layers. Your pet loves the sturdiness and stability of this – and so do you, just think of the couches and tables that this surface needs to handle without a glitch. The thick layer also provides a good feel and warmth to the furbaby bundled up at your feet. Small wonder that vinyl flooring in Underberg – especially the luxury line – is finding such huge, sustained favour.
When it comes to the practicality of vinyl flooring in Underberg, this can’t be overstated. You won’t have to be overly concerned about scratches. You’ve paid for something with superior scratch resistance, and that is what you’ll get.
Accidents? No problem. Your vinyl floor in Underberg can handle those little throwing up or urine accidents. Luxury vinyl can handle it even better. The floor is moisture and stain-resistant, so simply wipe up the spill and move on with your life. Can anyone say, “Who’s a good boy, now”?