Here at Floor Coverings International Concord, we understand how important it is for pet owners to have the right floors. With our extensive selection of pet-friendly floors for Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA homes, it could be hard to determine which one is best for you. Laminate floors are one of the most popular flooring options for pet owners, and here we will be exploring the perks they provide and the things to consider when selecting laminate for your pet-friendly home.
Laminate floors consist of multiple layers bound together through lamination. These layers include a backing to resist moisture, a fiberboard core, a printed design, a clear resin layer, and a protective top coating. Thanks to the tough resin layer, laminate is very scratch and dent resistant. When compared to most hardwoods, laminate is much more pet friendly for this very reason. You can have ease of mind letting Fido play freely on your laminate floors.
What about accidents? While it is best to avoid spills (or pet accidents) on many flooring surfaces, laminate floors tend to be rather resistant to such events. This is one strong advantage laminate holds over other flooring options like carpet and hardwood. An accident on laminate can be easily cleaned, but will likely stain carpet and leave behind a smell. Some hardwoods also tend to stain more easily when spills go unnoticed, and they can swell or warp from too much moisture. The synthetic protective layers in laminate help to resist such effects, making it a pet-friendly alternative to both of these popular flooring choices. However, it is still important to clean up any spills on laminate, as liquid can eventually seep through the cracks of their interlocking panels.
Tile is often a safe choice for Concord pet owners thanks to its durability and water resistance. However, it is also incredibly hard and does not retain heat, making it a not-so-comfortable choice for your furry friend. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, has a comfort advantage over tile when it comes to hardness and warmth. However, laminate is often more slick than other flooring options, so it will provide less traction for your pet than floors like carpet. Keep in mind that most comfort concerns with laminate can be solved with an area rug or pet bed, meaning that this floor still lends itself to being overall very pet friendly.
Call Your Local Laminate Experts Today!
No matter the size of your pet, it is always important to choose a durable, water resistant floor for your home. Laminate floors provide many advantages over other common flooring materials, thanks to their scratch and liquid resistance. Call Floor Coverings International Concord today for a free in-home consultation, and to learn more about our laminate options for your Concord home!
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