The Best Kid And Pet Friendly Flooring Options

Worried about investing in new flooring only to have it destroyed by toddlers, toys and animal claws?

Your floors have a big impact on your home…

After all, they’ll not only change the look of a home but also the way each room feels. And for those with kids or pets, they can impact a lot more than just those basic things.

Certain floors can be incredibly difficult to clean, and others can harbor various allergens like pet dander and pollen. Carpet is especially notorious for this, and those with kids, pets, or allergies need to pay attention to some of the other options out there. Luckily, there are several options for kid and pet friendly flooring worth paying attention to. These include:

  • Hardwood – Hardwood, including engineered hardwood, is the classic choice when looking for high traffic flooring or flooring for kids and pets. It’s everything you need from a flooring choice. It doesn’t soak up spills or mud, is easy to keep clean, stands up to heavy traffic, and won’t harbor any allergens. It’s a classic looking choice with some additional benefits worth paying attention to.
  • Laminate – Laminate is a more affordable alternative to hardwood that still has the same kid and pet friendly qualities. When looking for floorings for pets, this is an option many choose over hardwood because it isn’t scratched as easily by the nails of a dog or cat’s paws. It’s available in numerous styles so finding the one that matches your home isn’t’ difficult at all.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl flooring has become very popular in the last few years and is much different from the ‘linoleum’ style floors of the 70s and 80s. Today, vinyl can replicate the look of hardwood or tile and can also provide benefits like no allergens, easy cleaning, water resistance, and more.

These are just three options to consider when you’re looking for flooring for kids and pets. They are all three also excellent choices for high traffic flooring, and will stand up to years of use and plenty of heavy foot traffic through an area. Unlike carpet, they don’t wear down or become filthy easily, and unlike tile they don’t break due to impact.

Take a closer look at what each of these options has to offer and you should be able to find the one that matches your specific needs and sense of style the best. There are numerous choices out there, and finding the one that is right for you is something that won’t be that difficult when you know the basics listed above.

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