Whether you are building a new home or renovating your current residence, choosing the right floor covering option is essential. However, for pet owners, the decision is even more critical. Today we’re sharing the best pet-friendly flooring options for your home, as well as tips on how to prevent further damage on existing floors!


Although laminate flooring looks similar to hardwood flooring, it is much easier to clean and is a much better option for pet-friendly flooring.

Despite its hardness and durability, laminate flooring can also be quite slippery. If you’re interested in a smooth, high gloss laminate floor, it will reduce your pet’s traction even more. It’s best to select an option that has a textured or embossed finish to reduce slipping, or layer an area rug and rug pad over the flooring to provide extra traction for your pet.


Luxury vinyl tile is an exceptional pet friendly flooring option and an ideal choice for most pet owners. Compared to other flooring materials, it is an extremely affordable option and can be installed almost anywhere in the home and provides great traction for your pet.

Available in a wide variety of designs, such as hardwood and stone, it is a durable option that does not compromise on style!


Tile and stone are pet friendly flooring options that are extremely durable and scratch-resistant. Tile also makes for easy cleanup of accidents and spills. Most tile materials are scratch-resistant, but some softer, more porous stones (like marble) may require more maintenance and treatment.

The one downside to tile and stone is that the cold and hard surface provides little to no comfort underfoot. For added comfort and warmth, consider radiant heating and using area rugs throughout the space. A pet bed is a must to give your furry pal a cozy place to relax.

Tips to keep your pet-friendly flooring looking its best:

  • Clip your pet’s nails regularly, their nails can scratch the surface of your flooring
  • Wipe up accidents as quickly as possible.
  • Place a mat underneath foot and water bowls.
  • Use doormats at all entryways to catch excess dirt and debris.

To learn more about your pet-friendly flooring options, call us at 252-726-8326 or send us an email here.

Photo courtesy of Mohawk Flooring.

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