Many of us have pets in the home and we often get asked whether wooden flooring is suitable when you have cats or dogs. We have put this article together to hopefully help you when making a decision for flooring in your home.
So which wooden flooring is best for pets
After working with all types of wooden flooring for many years, it simply comes down to either solid wood or engineered flooring. Both types of flooring feature natural wood on the surface and this gives good texture and grip for pets. The grain allows for friction which in turn resists your pets claws.
We recommend using a satin lacquer as a suitable finish for your flooring as this will give the most protection against scratches whilst also helping with the grip. The beauty of these types of wooden flooring is that if scratches do build up whilst your pets are scampering around, the floor can be sanded and re-finished to its original condition.
We do not however, recommend laminate flooring when you have pets. Although it is touch and resilient to marks and scratches, the top layer is merely a photographic image of real wood and is usually smooth without and resistance to pets paws. The smooth surface does not help to give the grip for your pets and can lead to accidents and breakages. We just advise using laminate in areas where your pets don’t tend to go.