In 2014, the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development published an article entitled Consumer Corner, it reported that,
Fifty-seven percent of Canadian Households own pets which equates to 7.5 million households. Cats are more popular pets than dogs. Thirty-seven percent of Canadian households owned one or more cats, 32% owned dogs. Overall Canada is home to roughly 5.9 million dogs and 7.9 million cats.
While cats and dogs are charming pets, their tendencies could sometimes be nasty to the flooring.
Today, Team Leading Edge shares some flooring options that could help your pets continue with their floor scratching activities without causing you too much stress.
- LAMINATE FLOORING
This is the most favorite option for dog owners. The durability of laminate floorings comes from the aluminum oxide coating. This coating material creates a really hard surface making it resistant to dog scratches. Woohoo!
The only downside here is pet poo. You must, at all times, be aware if your pet took a dump. In case you missed it, worst-case scenario is having the poo sink into the flooring joints making it a permanent mess. Also, long-term maintenance dictates that you must clean up any spilled drinks or liquids to prevent long-term damage.
Kijiji offers a huge variety of laminate floorings so you wont run out of design. Check them all out here: Edmonton Laminate Floorings
- CERAMIC TILE FLOORING
Although not recommended to be installed in all parts of the house, ceramic tiles offers the second best choice for a pet friendly floor. Ceramic tiles can be cleaned without difficulty by utilizing a mop or vacuum. It’s also considered hygienic, as it does not trap allergens.
Downside? We all know this; tiles can be a little bit slippery so a really active pet that keeps on running around my slip and skid. Ouch!
Here’s the link to Kajiji’s ceramic tile section: Edmonton Ceramic Tile Floorings
- STONE FLOORING
This kind of flooring is natural, attractive and always fashionable. Aside from great aesthetics, it’s one of the strongest materials on this list—which makes it naturally safe from scratch marks, lacerations and scrapes. Granite, limestone and slate are just some of the many options that are available to you. Please note that polished marble is an exemption, it’s polished states makes it susceptible to scratches.
There’s a lot of stores offering a great selection of stone flooring so a simple Google search would do the trick.
As much as we love our pets, we must also take care of our homes. No need for a compromise, a simple renovation will help make your floor scratch free! Meow!
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