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What is the best pet-friendly flooring? The answer depends on a lot of factors, such as where the flooring is in your home, your budget, and how rough your pets will be on your floors in the years to come. Thankfully, there are many options to choose from. This guide reviews some of the most popular flooring options for people who have pets. 

Choosing Pet-Friendly Flooring: What to Consider

When reviewing pet-friendly flooring options, some of the things to consider include the following:

  • What type of pet you have. If your dog plays hard or has large paws, you might prioritize scratch resistance and durability. You may also want to consider how much they shed — and how easy this will be to clean up.
  • The cost of your flooring installation. When comparing quotes, look at the cost of your material and labour to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • How stain-resistant the flooring is. Animals are notorious for bringing in mud and grass into homes, and accidents can leave lasting impressions on a surface that isn’t stain-resistant.
  • Where the flooring will be located. You should explore different options based on if the room is used for heavy foot traffic, play or rest.
  • Water-resistance. Consider this especially in rooms connected to your external doors. Animals can track in water and mud when they come inside after it’s rained. In this situation, avoiding porous floors in these areas is best. 

7 Pet-Friendly Flooring Options


Rub rubber flooring is the ideal choice if you’re worried about your flooring holding up to heavy wear and tear. While there are plenty of more fashionable options available, few offer the durability and resilience of this material. It’s easy to clean and non-porous, so you won’t need to worry about microbes.


Vinyl flooring is an attractive option for homeowners regardless of whether they have pets. It’s affordable, available in many different styles and has water and scratch protection. Keep in mind that vinyl can be slippery at times, so ensure you account for this when considering your pet’s playtime safety.


Laminate is another inexpensive option that’s great for its stain resistance and versatility. It’s durable and can withstand the steps of you and your furry friends. However, it may succumb to scratches and scuffs over time, especially if it’s not maintained correctly. 


Tile is stylish, easy to clean and won’t scratch. The grout provides decent traction for pets, but because it’s so hard, it could be uncomfortable if they need to sleep on it. To solve this problem, ensure you provide them with a comfy bed.


Bamboo gives a natural wood look with excellent durability and scratch resistance. However, it’s not as scratch resistant as other options because it’s made from organic material.


Some pet owners have dedicated a room or small area of their home to installing turf their pets can use for play or as a replacement potty area. You could train your furry friend to use the turf if you’re often away for a long time.

Find the Perfect Floor for You and Your Furry Friends

Want to know what the best pet-friendly flooring option is for your home? Contact us at Rome Flooring today and let us know your needs so we can arrange a free estimate. We have plenty of styles and materials available, so you can find just what you’re looking for at an affordable price.