Pet Friendly Flooring Options

evieanna santiago qqpfqFwAyDQ unsplash 1 300x225 - Pet Friendly Flooring OptionsHomeowners who have pets in their homes face more problems regarding the home’s flooring than homeowners who don’t have pets in their homes. Pets compound your home’s flooring issues because there is a higher risk of damage to the surface from pet claws and toenails. There is also the occasional problem with pet urine or solid waste, and since all pets shed, you may have additional difficulties getting rid of dander.

These problems limit the options you have for flooring the home; some types of flooring don’t work well in a house with pets. For instance, a lot of pet owners and their pets love carpets. But the fact that carpeting is easily stained and prone to getting ripped-up by pet toenails, claws, or teeth make it an unrealistic choice. The same applies to regular hardwood flooring; they are easily scratched and will require frequent refinishing.

For homes with furry, feathered, or scaly residents, the flooring has to be moisture resistant, stain resistant, and hardy enough to withstand the assault of toenails and claws. For your safety and that of your pets, the flooring should also be slip-resistant. The challenge with most flooring that meets these criteria is they don’t look pretty. The dilemma you have to solve as a pet owner is to find the flooring that pets will not damage but is aesthetically pleasing.

What are the options you have?

The best flooring options for homes with pets
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Bamboo is easily the most pet-friendly flooring option due to its beauty and durability. Bamboo is harder than hardwood – twice as hard as oak – and therefore highly resistant to scratching. As a result of the resins used in its manufacture, it resists stains and moisture. However, its hardness means it does not absorb sounds well. Also, not all bamboo is hard enough to make a good choice for pet-friendly flooring. Strand-woven bamboo is best, and it should have a high hardness rating on the Janka test

Cork is another natural flooring option that is an outstanding choice for homes with pets. It looks like hardwood but doesn’t have the same problems as hardwood. Cork offers a soft, warm surface that is comfortable underfoot, and its sound-absorbing qualities make it perfect for homes with big, rambunctious dogs. Cork is microbial; it will inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. The major shortcoming of cork is it is not entirely scratchproof. Seal the cork and trim pet toenails to protect it.

Decorated sealed concrete
Concrete flooring has come a long way from the bland surfaces used in factories. Today, different types of decorated concrete work very well inside the home. Concrete can be polished, stained, or textured for a range of visual effects. It is moisture and stain-resistant. The main issue you will face with concrete is discomfort; it is hard and cold, though you can effortlessly solve this by placing throw rugs and area carpets on the flooring. Some polished concrete is also slippery.

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Ceramic tile is a popular choice for pet-friendly flooring due to the material’s high resistance to scratching. Part of the allure of tile flooring is that they come in various designs and can appear like hardwood or stone. To make sure the flooring is stain-resistant, go for glazed ceramics. Unglazed ceramic tiles will absorb stains unless you seal them. You will face the same issues that you have with concrete floors; they are hard and cold.

Natural stone
Natural stone is a great option that will add value to your home, says Schambs Management. But apply caution when choosing natural stone flooring because not all natural stone flooring are pet-friendly. Highly polished surfaces like marble and granite are not scratch-resistant. Slate and limestone are better options because of their rougher surfaces. However, to make them pet-friendly, they need to be sealed to make them stain-resistant. Natural stone also presents the same problems as ceramic tile flooring and decorated concrete.

Sheet vinyl and vinyl tile
These older types of vinyl have stain-resisting qualities, and moisture will not penetrate them. They can mimic the look of other types of flooring; hardwood and natural stone. But vinyl is thin and can scratch with time. Additionally, it does not do much to improve the home’s value, it is low maintenance, and very affordable. That means you can easily replace it every few years. Vinyl flooring is best in rooms other than living, dining, and family rooms.

Luxury vinyl
Luxury vinyl is an upgrade on standard vinyl, both in appearance and performance. You can make it look virtually indistinguishable from hardwood, natural stone, and ceramic tiles. It comes in planks that are thicker and more durable than standard vinyl. That makes it more resistant to scratching. Most luxury vinyl floorings are water-resistant and slightly soundproof. They offer a comfortable surface for pets to walk or rest. Luxury vinyl is budget-friendly flooring for homes with pets, provided it is a quality product and installed appropriately.

Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

There might not be a more difficult decision in the design world than selecting the right flooring for your home. Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. With that said, if you are looking for durability, longevity and style, most often, you can’t beat hardwood floors. The wide options of hardwood flooring available means that you are sure to find something to perfect your space. 

While hardwood floors are elegant and timeless, they are not all created equally. When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are two main types – solid and engineered. Solid hardwood planks are created from a single thick piece of wood. Engineered hardwood has a core of plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer applied to the surface. While there is a lot to love about both of these options, each is made from 100% real wood. Unlike laminate or vinyl plank alternatives, no two pieces are ever exactly alike. download 1 16 - Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Traditional solid hardwood has been in demand for many years but recently, engineered wood floors have been hugely popular. Both options provide a beautiful finish so it can sometimes be hard to compare the two. But here are 5 key differences between solid and engineered hardwood.  

Your budget usually drives your home project. It will help you determine which option is best for you. Generally, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood but ultimately, the quality and species of the wood will be the largest price factor. Exotic varieties of solid hardwood are more expensive than engineered. 

While the price range varies greatly, the cost of engineered hardwood is usually around $3-14 per square foot (but this will depend on the plank thickness and species of wood). The hardness and durability of the wood ultimately determines the final price but most solid hardwood floors cost between $8-15 per square foot. 

Engineered hardwood is less likely to buckle or react to heat so there are a variety of installation options available. The fact that engineered wood does not react to changing temperatures, means that this alternative can be installed above or below ground level. Since the solid hardwood will expand and contract over time, this wood can only be installed on or above ground level. 

Engineered hardwood can be installed quickly and in a variety of spaces This is your best option if you’re looking for a DIY project. Most styles of engineered wood can be glued or nailed down and in some cases is similar to laminate flooring, in that you can opt for a type that locks planks together without a fastener.

Solid hardwood will generally have a longer installation process. The flooring is attached with a specific flooring nailer then sanded and finished. The sanding process can be tough to navigate if you don’t have experience. Although in theory, you could do it yourself, hiring a professional will ensure that the job will get done quicker, neater and will last longer. download 2 14 300x140 - Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Both forms of hardwood offer durability and toughness – but solid wood still comes out on top as it is inherently sturdier as they must be permanently nailed or glued into your subfloor. In extreme temperatures, engineered woods have much greater structural stability, which delivers better resistance against buckling. While this can be a benefit, the durability of engineered wood is not comparable to solid forms because the surfaces on this engineered wood are quite thin and are more prone to chip over time.

Moisture Resistance
Engineered floors are the better choice when it comes to moisture. Engineered wood is constructed with a plywood base so moisture is less likely to flex or warp the boards. The fibers in plywood run in a crosswise layer helping make it resistant to moisture build-up.

Solid hardwood floors are not usually recommended in areas where moisture is prevalent. So you probably want to avoid solid wood for your bathroom, laundry room or any areas that require regular mopping or have water around. Even still, solid hardwood can still resist moisture to some extent (especially if you can clean it up quickly) but this will depend on if the wood is prefinished or site-finished. Site-finished wood has a top layer that is sealed which can help absorb some of the moisture. 

Environmental Considerations
Most people are looking to support products that sustain a positive environment approach. In many cases, engineered hardwood is more eco-friendly than solid wood. The manufacturing process for engineered wood is less wasteful and requires less energy than most of the other flooring types. However, it isn’t to say that selected solid hardwood isn’t a sustainable option. You can still buy environmentally friendly solid wood, provided that it is purchased from a responsible supplier and certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

Ceiling Options

Ceiling color helps enhance the look and mood of your home’s interior and adds character. But how do you know what color to paint it? While most people would say white, have you seen how many shades of “white” there are? If you’ve never contemplated anything beyond the basic neutral, you might be missing out on an opportunity to add excitement and drama to a room. When you are choosing paint colors for your ceiling, consider what will best coordinate with your home’s architecture, wall color, trim and other furnishings. 

The ceilings in your home represent 1/6th of the space in a room but it hardly ever gets more than a basic coat of white paint. While bright white is usually considered the safest option, it is certainly not the only choice. Here are some alternative choices to the basic white paint. 

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If you don’t want to have bold colors on your walls, a pop of color on the ceiling might be perfect for your space. By keeping the rest of the walls neutral, the bold color will help complement the space. 


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Square panels are another popular option for ceilings. There are many interesting design options but even a plain square design can add dimension to the room.


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Usually wallpaper is for walls but it can just as easily be applied to the ceiling. If you love patterns, this is an easy way to add it to your room without having to cover every wall.


Wood planks
If you’re lucky enough to have a ceiling with exposed beams or other woodwork throughout your home, then why bother changing the look. But if these aren’t already part of your home’s structure, you can still add them as your design element with wood planks as your ceiling.wood plank - Ceiling Options


Subtle Color
If an all white room feels too sterile but a pop of bright color isn’t your style either, a subtlebtle - Ceiling Options color can help add dimension and interest to your room. 




Creating Division in Open Floor Plans (part 2)

Last week we talked about how to create more of a division of space in an open floor plan. There are many different ways to use a divider to create this illusion. Whether it’s an open bookcase, curtains, or a glass partition, this divider can help keep noise levels down and help create privacy without cutting off the room completely. 

This week we are going to talk about two simple things you can do with your space when trying to create zones for your interior. fireplace - Creating Division in Open Floor Plans (part 2)

Arranging your furniture is a great place to start and likely won’t even cost you a thing. By turning the backs of chairs and couches to the rest of your space is an immediate way to separate the area. fireplace2 - Creating Division in Open Floor Plans (part 2)You create intimate sections when you start to rearrange your furniture this way. So for example, if your living room is right next to your dining room, having your couch with it’s back to the dining table or facing chairs towards the fireplace, creates a natural feel of separation. 

Another easy way to create a strong visually distinct area is adding an area rug. They not only enhance your decor and add softness to the space but they help absorb noise, which is important when multiple activities and groups are in one place. Making sure your rugs are the appropriate size is also essential. A great tip is that the rug should fit at least one piece of main furniture in the room. When in doubt, always go bigger! download 1 15 - Creating Division in Open Floor Plans (part 2)

Creating Division in Open Floor Plans

An open floor plan is a design trend that shows no sign of slowing in popularity. But older homes often lack openness and instead have a bunch of separate rooms, not conducive to modern living. More and more older properties are being adapted in order to suit the growing desire for large, open, airy spaces. This layout offers a feeling of spaciousness without having to increase the home’s overall square footage. An open floor plan is defined as two or more rooms, excluding bathrooms and bedrooms, that are located within a larger common area. 

While this open floor plan is popular amongst most homeowners, it can be hard to prevent the kitchen, living, dining and family areas from becoming blurred together and feeling disorderly. This will be a multi-part series on ideas to help maximize your open floor plan.

Using a divider. There are many options to help a natural separation to rooms. 

bookcase - Creating Division in Open Floor PlansThe idea of using an open bookcase to separate areas serves as double duty – both storage and division. Leaving some open space on shelves allows light and natural brightness to filter through. Choosing a high-quality, sturdy furniture is important as you don’t want it to tip over. Always use an anchor or secure the freestanding unit to ensure it stays in place. 



Curtains can also go beyond just window treatments. They can be used as a room divider as well. It will help create softness and enhance the room’s ambiance, especially if sheer.curtains - Creating Division in Open Floor Plans


A screen divider can be an elegant way to break up a room. It can also add an artsy vibe to your space and become a great conversation starter. Since you want to make it feel intentional, consider your surrounding design and other architectural elements when selecting patterns, colors and material.screen divider - Creating Division in Open Floor Plans





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A glass partition helps block noise while letting natural light filter between the spaces. If you choose to obscure the view to further separate the rooms, consider etched or textured glass. You can also create a full glass wall with doors. This keeps it feeling open while allowing another user to shut the door and use the space without distraction. 

Alternatives to the Formal Dining Room

Do you think of your formal dining room as a waste of space? Not everyone has the need for a long dining room table that only gets used a handful of times throughout the year. There are plenty of things that you can do with the space to make the room more functional for you or your family. 

Home Office
As we have shifted away from the need for large formal entertaining spaces in the home, we have shifted towards designated work spaces. Having a home office is a luxury as the rise in remote work has increased and makes a huge difference in your ability to get your work done from home. This can require a small renovation if you want to add doors to the space but otherwise, won’t hinder future projects with the space. office - Alternatives to the Formal Dining Room




If you are a book lover, turn your formal dining room into your own home library. Add bookshelves, big comfy reading chairs, bright lighting and a step stool or sliding ladder if your bookshelves go all the way to the ceiling. library - Alternatives to the Formal Dining Room

The family room is a place for play and leisure, but if you have a growing family with little kids, this is a great way to keep toys in one room. Having storage and built in shelves is a great way to be able to hide the toys when company is over. play room - Alternatives to the Formal Dining RoomThis helps give your kids their own space that is separate from the rest of the house. A space that is designated for arts and crafts or even a swing or rock wall to enjoy.



Whether you’re into yoga, running on a treadmill, taking a spin class or weight training, this large space in your home might be the perfect in-home gym. Putting down rubber tile flooring and adding some equipment and a large tv and you’re set. gynm - Alternatives to the Formal Dining Room

Craft Room
If you constantly find yourself using your dining room table more for crafts and other projects than actually eating meals, then maybe it’s a sign you need a craft room. Turning this pace into an area designated for crafts will help foster your imagination and help keep your crafting organized. craft room - Alternatives to the Formal Dining RoomAdding a craft table and storage shelves will help transform this space and keep all of your supplies handy and organized.

Game Room
Instead of inviting friends over for a nice dinner in your formal dining room, have them over for a game of pool in your new game room. Yes, you could turn your space into a game room. Whether it’s pool, ping pong, pinball or even video games, you can turn your formal dining room into the ultimate entertaining room - Alternatives to the Formal Dining Room