Pet Friendly Flooring Guide

Pet Friendly Flooring

Pets can add a lot of joy to your life but they can also cause some damage when it comes to your floors. Choosing pet-friendly flooring such as vinyl or hardwood is a smart decision for any home with a furry friend afoot. You want floors that can resist the stains, water damage and odors that pets may cause. With this guide, you can learn about the best flooring for pets, as well as the features that make each option desirable. Explore the possibilities to help you choose the best type of pet-friendly flooring for your specific needs.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile is a flooring choice with some of the best durability in the marketplace, as it’s all at once water-resistant, scratch-resistant and dent-resistant. Choose this option to rest easy knowing that your floors can withstand the daily life of pets. For even more benefits, vinyl minimizes the risk of slips or falls, is easy to clean and naturally softens the sound of paws or claws hitting the floor.

Vinyl Sheet

Offering all the resilience of vinyl — but in a rolled, easy-to-install style — vinyl sheet flooring requires no grout and shows few seams. Some designs can convincingly mimic the look of hardwood or stone. Should your pet ever have an accident or knock over a water dish, this floor will actually repel the spill, too, so cleanup is easy and convenient.

Vinyl Tile

Another option for pet-friendly vinyl is tiling. Just as resilient and durable as other vinyl products, vinyl tile is available in many different patterns, colours and styles. Create a floor that looks just like ceramic or stone, while enjoying benefits such as durability and little to no need for maintenance.


Laminate flooring is a great choice for any area of the home, it provides the look of traditional hardwood, stone or metal in a durable surface. There are an abundant possibilities of looks to choose from, we recommend steering clear of high gloss and smooth finishes that can show signs of wear easily and cause your pet to slip. Laminate’s wear layer is scratch and water-resistant which take the worry of pets tracking anything on your floor.


Love the timeless elegance of wood floors? You can still have it! The best hardwood option for pets is engineered hardwood. Choosing one with a high Janka test rating are more durable and less likely to leave marks. Consider designs that are distressed or rustic so any wear from your pet will blend right into the overall look.

Engineered Tile & Plank

Engineered tile or plank flooring offers resilience, beauty and a surface that is kind to pets. Able to mimic the look of stone or hardwood, engineered floors deliver the toughness and durability of a manmade material.

Rigid Core

Rigid core flooring combine the best attributes of multiple flooring products for the ultimate in dent, scratch and stain resistance — plus they are 100% waterproof, so planks won’t swell, buckle or lose integrity when exposed to water. Not only are these floors durable, they also feature highly realistic designs.

Stone & Tile

Stone and tile are natural materials that can hold up to heavy use. They also are able to resist damage from water and spills. Their timeless style still is in demand. While these types of floors can be hard and cold, a soft rug and/or a radiant heating system can turn them into more comfortable surfaces for you and your pets.

STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ luxury vinyl flooring is made with ClawShield™ coating to help resist scratching, offers Pet ActionTraction™ for pet paws and comes with a wide variety of styles designed to complement any décor.

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