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Best Flooring Materials for Colorado Springs

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Best Flooring Materials for Colorado Springs

Colorado climates are some of the trickiest to prepare for in the nation. Its combination of low humidity, high elevation, and cool and dry seasons paired with cold winters creates some of the most extreme weather events in the world. 

Any Coloradoan knows that being prepared for any season at any time is smart. The same can be said for your home’s interior floors. Being prepared for any season at any time in terms of flooring allows you the benefits of lower maintenance, maximum lifespan, and functionality just as choosing the wrong materials can be frustrating. 

If you have been wondering about the best flooring materials for your home, here are 4 styles to consider. 


1. Engineered hardwoods

For those who are looking for the feel of hardwood flooring but are concerned about the cost and maintenance of solid wood, engineered hardwoods offer the best of both worlds. These multi-ply materials come prepared with a realistic wood veneer. Engineered woods are pre-stressed, which produces a stronger finish that stands up to wear and tear.

Colorado dryness plus snow melt from boots can be brutal on natural wood floors.

Engineered hardwoods consist of numerous layers of shaved veneer that sit on top of multiple layers of plywood backing, adding a stable and finished look to a composed multi-piece plank. The manufacturing process for engineered woods is less intensive than lumbering for solid woods, and it’s much easier to find a replacement that matches your current finish should a plank warp or bubble. 

Additionally, because of its veneer composition, there is a greater variety of widths in plank. In larger open floor plans, wide plank engineered hardwoods, sometimes up to 8”-10” inches wide, are the flooring of choice. These wide planks add a look and feel that rivals solid wood but is less labor-intensive in the installation. 

While price points are similar to solid wood planks, for the customer who wants the look and finish of solid wood flooring but wants the greater footprint and adaptability not found in solid woods, an engineered hardwood floor may be a great option. 


2. Solid Wood Flooring

In contrast to engineered hardwoods, solid wood flooring is exactly what you would guess from the name. Solid wood pieces have a measured thickness, usually derived from cherry, oak, maple, birch, or pine trees and come in long planks. Solid hardwoods are either site finished or pre-finished to an average depth of half an inch. While not as durable as engineered wood, this finishing allows for some wear and tear without noticable damage. 

These flooring boards are lumbered and cut to a specific thickness and width, and on average tend to be more narrow than engineered hardwoods. Because of this, there is usually a need for a little bit more solid wood than engineered woods when flooring your home. This additional price increase is typically offset, however, by the resale value that is associated with hardwood flooring should you ever choose to pull it up and replace it. 

While solid woods have a greater propensity for warping in moisture-rich environments because of their single-piece composition, the lifespan of solid wood can be two to three times longer than engineered hardwoods for the same reason. Solid woods are still the preferred product for those seeking to add long-term value and durability to a home making it a worthwhile option if you are seeking a long-term solution.

If you plan to include an effective mudroom or entryway in your Colorado home, you can protect your wood floors from snow and dirt.  


3. Luxury Vinyl Plank

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is the most versatile and often most affordable of all the flooring types we will discuss. Vinyl plank flooring is a great option for customers who like the look of solid wood or engineered hardwoods, but don’t mind the lack of natural feel that comes from a vinyl plank. Most LVP clicks together for easy installation.

For Coloradoans, vinyl planks make sense if your home is prone to water deposits (via tracked snow, muddy conditions, or a dog’s water bowl that is constantly being overturned) because of their waterproof construction. Additionally, vinyl planks, unlike wood, are less prone to expand or contract in adverse temperatures, and more and more there are varying color and pattern options coming into the market. 

The look of vinyl that mimics real wood is getting closer and closer. 


4. Laminate

Much like vinyl plank, laminate flooring might look like wood, but it’s actually a combination of wood and melamine, a type of plastic. The top composite layer is usually printed to make it look like wood but is actually much cheaper than the woods that were previously mentioned. Much like vinyl, the prints that are available are getting closer and closer to a wood look, but at a far cheaper price point. What you save in price, you lose in quality. The feel of natural wood and laminate flooring aren’t similar. Most people prefer the feel of natural wood.

Laminate flooring is known for being the easiest to maintain and for having the greatest variety of finishes. While it’s known to be the most scratch resistant of the woods mentioned in this post, it may not perform well if left in wet conditions for ovr 72 hours. Thankfully, the cost and labor to repair laminate flooring is typically less than hardwood or vinyl replacement. 


What does Lifestyle Floors recommend as the best flooring material for Colorado Springs?

If your home is a long-term investment or you are looking for optimal resale value, then solid wood or engineered wood flooring would be your best bet. 

If weather and climate conditions are of chief concern or you have many pets or children, vinyl plank flooring may be a great cost-saving option. You won’t have to make a significant sacrifice in look and feel. 

Lastly, if there’s a short-term fix needed, and you know that the floors are going to take a beating from the weather, a laminate floor may be in order. 

Regardless of the type of flooring you want or think you may need, give the professionals at Lifestyle Flooring of Colorado Springs a call. Our expert staff can help you make a decision that meets your needs and your budget. 

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What to consider when installing a hardwood floor

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Hardwood Floor Installation: What You Need to Know Before Buying

Maybe you’ve reached your breaking point with carpet cleaning and sheet vinyl floors. Maybe you’re thinking of installing a hardwood floor in your home. While the task can seem daunting at first, a firm idea of the process, costs, and some technical know-how will put you well on your way to a seamless install. 

At Lifestyle Floors in Colorado Springs, we help people navigate the process of installing hardwood floors every day. Whether you try a DIY project or hire us to install your floors for you, here are a few tips to consider. 


Know your hardwood floor types

First and foremost, there are four basic types of hardwood floors you can install: 

  • Nail down/Staple – Often used for solid wood floors.
  • Floating – Often used with engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl planks (LVP), luxury vinyl tile
  • Adhesive – Often used with solid wood floors, engineered woods, luxury vinyl plank, luxury vinyl tile, vinyl sheeting

The type of floor you choose usually depends on your budget since the types of hardwoods that are available for each type vary significantly in cost. Because of the various installation methods, you should consult a professional before doing this project yourself.


Prep, measure, and fix 

Once you have determined the type of floor you want to install, you should measure out the square footage of the area you are wanting to refloor. You can do a simple calculation of length by width for square footage calculation. 

Once you know the square footage, it’s important to know what is under the floor you are replacing. Depending on the condition of your home, you may want to inspect the existing subf

Examination of the entire subfloor is essential because installation of a new hardwood floor on a broken or structurally unsound subfloor could lead to expensive repairs down the road. Planks may warp, crack, or become dislodged. Take the time to ensure subflooring is intact, water spots are remediated, and the wood planks are in good order. This will give you the peace of mind to know the newly installed flooring will be supported for the long term.

Additionally, when inspecting the subfloor, take a look at the floor joists and the direction they run. Knowing the direction of the floor joists gives you an idea of which direction the installed hardwood flooring should run. Ideally, you run the hardwoods across the floor joists, not along them. The cross-hatching method adds strength to the floor structure and allows for greater weight dispersion across the surface of the floor itself. Of course, hiring a professional means that they will take all of these steps. Remove a section of flooring to expose what is underneath, taking note of the type and age of the subfloor into consideration.


Hardwood preparation and underlayment

Depending on the type of floor you purchased, it’s recommended to let the wood sit in the environment in which it will be installed for a few hours to a day. Wood by nature expands in heat and is affected by moisture in the air. Your home environment is unique and letting the wood adapt to the environment before installation will help you during the installation itself. Check with your manufacturer for the proper acclimation time. Some solid hardwood may take weeks to acclimate, whereas engineered and vinyl materials might only take a few days.

Once you’ve prepped the subfloor and know your hardwood type, most contractors recommend installing a specialized underlayment. These can be made of rubber, foam, or a material similar to roofing felt. The type you need depends on the flooring you have chosen, but remember that if you choose a nail down floor, the underlayment cannot be too thick or else the nails won’t be able to grab the solid subflooring beneath. 

The underlayment also serves the hardwoods well during heat and cold snaps as the expansion and contraction of the wood are supported by a flexible layer, reducing friction between the floor and subfloor and between the flooring connections.  

When rolling out your underlayment, you should practice the same cross-hatching method, working against the lines of your floor joists, and you should let the layer creep up the wall a few inches since you will trim down the underlayment before re-installing hardwood floorboards. The underlayment will likely have adhesive strips on the edges, so when you have laid down the line of underlayment, peel off the adhesive and attach it to an adjacent piece. Easily done. 


Installing the hardwood flooring

Once the floor has been prepped and your underlayment installed, you are free to install the flooring itself. 

Some types of flooring may be constructed with a built-in locking system. Determine the non-locking side before you start and place that side toward the wall. Since you will be starting at the wall and working away from it, you should mark a line one or two inches from the wall itself. These expansion gaps will help you during installation since you will need to put spacers against each side of the hardwoods so as to not damage the walls during the snapping-in or setting process of the wood planks. Baseboards will eventually cover this expansion gap.

Once you have laid down your first line of hardwood, depending on the type, you can nail down the wood to the subfloor, putting a nail in every 6 to 8 inches. After setting your primary plank line, you need to make sure the separations in the wood are staggered so the separations in the planks don’t line up with separations on the next line of woods. Having lined-up seams will reduce the structural integrity of the floor and look unappealing, so be sure to avoid lined-up end segments. 

As you progress to the far wall, you will likely have to blind nail the last two boards or make cuts to a hardwood piece to fit the final few inches of flooring. The same process you used for installing the pilot line you should use here, nailing down the boards every 6 to 8 inches along the wall, leaving a few inches for the floorboards to be reinstalled. 


Lifestyle Floors is your destination for hardwood flooring installation

Hardwood flooring installation can be a complicated process. Without proper preparation, you may find yourself ripping out newly-installed boards due to human error. When in doubt, reach out to the professionals at Lifestyle Floors, your hardwood flooring installation experts in Colorado Springs.

We are happy to answer your questions and set you on the path to success!

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Heated Floors To Get You Through The Winter…Cozy!

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Heated Floors To Help Get You Through The Winter…Cozy!

Electric Radiant In-Floor Heating Systems

Discover the Warmth and Comfort of Radiant Floor Heating

Say goodbye to drafty rooms, chilly wood floors and cold bathroom tiles. The moment you step on a ThermoSoft heated floor, you’ll appreciate the difference it makes to the comfort of your family. Radiant floor heating feels luxurious, but it also has practical benefits: it offers clean, energy-efficient warmth without the allergens or dry air associated with traditional forced-air heat.

Electric floor heating is an affordable upgrade to your home that can be installed under any floor type in any space – from a single room to an entire house. No regular maintenance and long-term dependability mean your underfloor heat will keep you comfortable and happy for years to come.

Exceptional Comfort

Warms rooms, not ceilings: Underfloor heat puts heat near people, keeping extremities warm and the room comfortable.

Uniform, ideal heat pattern: Electric radiant heat applies heat gently with even energy distribution thanks to consistent heating element patterns.

Say goodbye to drafty rooms: Reducing or eliminating the use of forced air heat means no drafts created by blowing fans.

Invisible and silent: No unsightly vents, no audible fans, total comfort with no interruptions.

Individual room control: Take total control of your home comfort with room-specific thermostats.

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Cleaner, Healthier, Maintenance-Free

Maintenance-free: No filters, no vents, no moving parts to worry about. Once electric radiant floor heating is installed, it can last indefinitely.

No dirty vents or ducts: Radiant heat is cleaner because it reduces or eliminates the need for vents and ducts actively distributing dust and allergens in your home.

No more drying out your air: Radiant heat doesn’t pump in dry heated air like an HVAC system, which means more comfortable air for your eyes and sinuses.

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Energy-Saving

100% Efficiency: With electric radiant heat, our system converts all input energy to heat. No other system matches this.

More comfort, less energy: Radiant heat typically achieves a comfortable environment at a lower temperature than forced air heat.

Use less energy by needing less heat: Radiant heat establishes a feeling of comfort at a temperature lower than what is needed from a forced air system. This lower demand on your home’s heating systems means a more efficient way to stay warm.

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Solid Wood vs. Engineered Wood

Solid wood flooring, as the name suggests, is made of solid wood throughout its thickness. It is usually made of a hardwood species, such as oak, maple, or walnut, and its major advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the course of its lifespan. Engineered wood flooring looks very similar on the surface, but it is made from a thinner layer of hardwood bonded over a substrate of high-quality plywood made of hardwood as well. Engineered flooring is somewhat less expensive than solid hardwood, but don’t let that fool you!. The engineered flooring has a factory aluminum oxide or ceramic bead finish that is formulated to not require re-sanding during it’s lifetime. Also, if sanded, you would be sanding out the characters that made you fall in love with the floor in the first place. The clear advantage to one form of wood flooring over the other boils down to the geographic area you live in and your lifestyle. Your choice depends on how much you value the relative benefits of each.

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Solid Wood Flooring vs. Engineered Wood Flooring

 

Solid wood flooring comes in long planks, usually made of a hardwood species. It is milled with tongues and grooves on opposite edges so that the boards interlock when installed. It is always nailed down to the subfloor, a process that requires some skill. Because it is solid wood, this flooring can be sanded down and refinished several times over its life.

Engineered wood flooring looks very much like solid hardwood, but its construction features a thinner layer of hardwood bonded over a premium-quality plywood layer also made of hardwood that gives the flooring the best stability. A good-quality engineered wood floor typically lasts 25 to 50 years, and it is both less expensive and requires less maintenance due to it’s aluminum oxide or ceramic bead finish.
 Solid HardwoodEngineered Hardwood
Lifespan30 to 100 years (depending on structure,
lifestyle & atmosphere)
20 to 50 years (most having a 50 year warranty)
Cost$10 to $15 per square foot$5 to $14 per square foot
Sanding, Refinishing2 or 3 times over life of floor50 Year finish, not required
StabilityMay warp in humid, damp conditions, too dry or seasonal shrinkageGreat resistance to warping, cupping and seasonal changes
Plank thicknessAbout 3/4 inch3/8 to 5/8 inch
Plank Width2 1/4 to 4 inches2 1/4 to 9 inches
Plank Length12 to 72 inches36 to 72 inches
Installation MethodNail down, tongue-and-grooveNail down, floating, or glue-down

Appearance

 

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring boards tend to be narrower than engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood generally has very tight seams between boards, and there is a great range of colors and species. Solid hardwood is available in both pre-finished and unfinished boards. This article mainly compares the unfinished sand & finish solid hardwood. 

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

 

Floorboards tend to be wider with engineered hardwood flooring (due to it’s stability.) Some pre-finished engineered hardwood flooring has slightly beveled edges, which creates slight grooves between boards causing a more defined look, while solid hardwood flooring generally has very tight seams between boards. Engineered hardwood flooring is almost always sold pre-finished, and there is a broader range of available colors, character, species and application than with solid hardwood.

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Which version of hardwood flooring you find preferable really boils down to personal preference and which floor fits your needs and lifestyle.

 

Water and Heat Resistance

 

Both types of hardwood have good resistance to heat. Neither material is recommended for installation in truly wet locations. Engineered can however be installed over concrete and in basements below grade.

 

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is not recommended for installation against concrete slabs, since moisture migrating through the concrete can cause solid hardwood to swell and warp. 

 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood has much better performance in humid locations since its plywood construction makes it more stable and less susceptible to warping. If installation against a concrete subfloor is necessary, engineered hardwood is the choice.

 

Best for Water and Heat Resistance: Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring comes out the winner here, since its plywood base makes it less susceptible to warping caused by moisture. Engineered flooring is also great over a floor heating system as well.

 

Care and Cleaning

 

Solid Hardwood

This flooring is easy to clean with simple sweeping and vacuuming, and occasional damp-mopping with an approved wood cleaner.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Care and cleaning of this flooring look the same as for solid hardwood: sweeping or vacuuming, and occasional damp-mopping with a wood cleaner.

 

Best for Care and Cleaning: Tie

Both types of flooring are relatively easy to care for, requiring simple sweeping and cleaning with an approved wood cleaner. Avoid using water or steam to clean any wood floor.

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Durability and Maintenance

 

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood has the disadvantage here, but since it can be sanded down and refinished several times over its lifespan it would be something to consider as a more long term durability.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood can be refinished once, or at most twice, but honestly, should not need any sanding as the engineered floor has a very hard aluminum oxide or ceramic bead factory finish (designed to avoid the need of sanding and refinishing) that will withstand years, if not decades of use before the surface hardwood finish layer is exhausted.

 

Best for Durability and Maintenance: Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring holds the edge here since it has been designed to be more stable and the factory aluminum oxide finish eliminates the need for sanding and refinishing for many years. All solid-wood floors can benefit from a renewal of the surface varnish coat every few years.

 

Installation

 

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring is installed with a tongue-and-groove system, in which each board is blind-nailed to the subfloor down through tongues at the edges of the boards.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Some engineered wood flooring is also installed with the same nail-down methods used for solid hardwood, but there are also forms with “click-lock” edges that can be installed as a “floating floor.” Engineered wood flooring can also be glued down against a concrete subfloor, yes, even in “below grade” basements. 

 

Best for Installation: Engineered Hardwood

You will find that the click-lock or glue-down forms of engineered hardwood are easier to work with than the nail-down methods used for solid hardwood.

 

Cost

 

Solid Hardwood

Sand & Finished solid hardwood averages about $10 per square foot, within a range of $8 to $14 per square foot.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring is slightly less expensive than solid hardwood. The typical range engineered hardwood flooring is $5 to $10 per square foot, with most types falling in the $5 to $8 per square foot range. But, keep in mind it also requires less maintenance due to it’s factory finish.

 

Best for Cost: Engineered Hardwood

The edge here goes to engineered hardwood flooring. For both types of flooring, installation labor can add $3 to $10 per square foot, depending on prevailing labor costs in your area and the complexity of the home layout. Solid wood sand & finish having the more expensive variables.

 

Lifespan

 

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood typically lasts at least 30 years and as much as 100 years, since it can be sanded down and refinished several times.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring generally lasts 20 to 50 years. Most engineered floors having a manufacturers 50 year warranty.

 

Best for Lifespan: Both Hardwoods

Because its solid wood construction allows it to be sanded and refinished several times, solid hardwood flooring comes out on top when it comes to longevity. Engineered takes the maintenance over time lead because of it’s lack of need for sanding and refinishing. Engineered will also hold up better to humidity issues and will show less seasonal changes.

 

Sizes

Solid Hardwood

Standard hardwood flooring planks are 3/4 inch thick, 2 1/4-4 inches wide, and sold n various lengths from 12 to 84 inches. Other thicknesses and widths are also available, though solid hardwood flooring is rarely more than about 4 inches wide.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood boards are often thinner, with 3/8- to 9/16 inch-thick boards common. Engineered hardwood is often sold in much wider boards, up to 9 inches, and the lengths typically run 36 to 72 inches

 

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There is no particular winner here, unless you have a particular preference for narrower boards (in which case solid hardwood will be preferable for you), or wider boards (in which case engineered hardwood flooring will be a better choice).

 

Resale Value

 

Solid Hardwood

In appearance, solid hardwood is not noticeably different from engineered hardwood, but real estate professionals and potential home buyers may place a premium on a solid hardwood floor for its greater longevity.

 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring will rarely be a turn-off to prospective buyers, though they may recognize that these floors have a shorter lifespan but excel in character and finish.

 

Best for Resale Value: Both Hardwoods

Both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are premium flooring materials that add good real estate value to your home.

 

The Verdict

 

Engineered wood flooring was once regarded as a pale imitation of solid hardwood, but improvements in the product quality have eliminated this perception. Solid hardwood may hold a slight edge in prestige for some people, but the lower cost, easier installation and lower maintenance of engineered wood flooring give it the edge for others. Further, engineered wood uses less hardwood trees, a fact that appeals to environmentally conscious consumers.

 


 

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Best Flooring for Dogs – Which Type Will You Choose?

Finding the best flooring for dogs is important.

After all, the surface your dog walks on can affect his joints!

Not to mention how easy to clean your house is.

If you are picking out a new floor or carpet for your home, we’ll help you make sure it is dog safe and dog friendly.

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Why the best flooring for dogs matters

If you’re considering getting a puppy, you’ve probably already thought about what you’re going to feed them and the best training methods.

But new puppy owners are often unaware of the dangers of raising a puppy on a very slippery surface.

Certain flooring can cause your dog to slip and slide around, possibly crashing into furniture and injuring themselves.

This lack of support can contribute to the development of hip dysplasia, a common skeletal condition that commonly affects larger breeds.

Hip Dysplasia and the best flooring for dogs

There are a few things that contribute to the onset of hip dysplasia in dogs, with genetics being the foundation for the condition; it’s hereditary.

However, it can be exacerbated by environmental conditions like your dog’s weight, nutrition, and even the type of floor they commonly walk on.

As puppies grow, they can slide around on slippery surfaces, not being able to get any traction.

When this happens, their joints are being affected, as they’re taking the brunt of the movements.

When the puppies should actually be using their muscles.

Dogs raised on a slippery surface are 1.6 times more likely to develop canine hip dysplasia.

Adult Dogs and Flooring

Aside from hip dysplasia, different flooring can pose problems for both adult dogs and you.

Adult dogs are prone to slipping and sliding on floors, possibly crashing into furniture and injuring themselves.

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Also, depending on the type of flooring, you’ll be faced with more clean-up.

Certain flooring is more prone to attracting hair and mess, and your dog’s nails could cause permanent damage.

Having non-slip flooring is especially important for senior dogs who are more fragile.

When a slip could result in a serious injury, it’s best to take precautions.

With that said, let’s take a look at some common flooring to see which is best for your dog.

Best Flooring For Dogs – Choosing Your Type

So what is the best flooring for dogs?

Let’s break down some of the options.

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Carpet

Is carpet the best flooring for dogs, despite the hair and muck?

You probably don’t think of carpet as being a great option for your dog.

Carpet attracts dog hair like a magnet, making it a nightmare to maintain if you have a breed that sheds a lot.

Accidents are also that much more problematic when you have to clean them off of the carpet.

But if it were up to your dog, your entire house would be covered in carpet.

It’s warm, soft, and is the best non-slip flooring for dogs out there.

With carpet, you can rest assured that your dog won’t be slipping and sliding.

Carpet is also great for puppies if you’re worried about hip dysplasia.

It gives them the traction they need to walk and run around.

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You know your dog best.

If they don’t shed a lot and aren’t prone to accidents, carpet could work. But for most dog owners, carpet will be a lot of maintenance.

If you’re willing to put in the work, your dog will appreciate it.

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Vinyl

Vinyl flooring for dogs might be the best flooring for dogs.

It’s known as resilient flooring.

It is very durable with its scratch resistance and ability to expel water being notable qualities.

It’s also really easy to clean.

Luxury vinyl is thicker than other types of vinyl – it will last a very long time in your household.

All vinyl repels dog hair, meaning all you need is a quick vacuum to get rid of any shedding.

Accidents are also easily cleaned up with a simple cloth – no scrubbing needed.

Your dog will thrive on vinyl too, especially luxury vinyl.

It’s actually softer than hardwood and laminate flooring, and it’s easier for your pet to build traction on.

Luxury vinyl is truly the best flooring for both you and your dog.

With all of that said, vinyl flooring is actually quite affordable.

But you won’t want to skimp on quality if you’re looking for flooring that’ll last you a long time.

Splurge on luxury vinyl – you won’t regret it.

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Tile

If combatting pet hair and keeping your home tidy is your number one priority, tile for dogs could work.

It’s stain resistance, tough, and water resistant.

However, tile is quite cold, not to mention how hard it is.

Your dog will probably be uncomfortable if your entire home is covered with tile.

But if you do go this route, make sure to put down plenty of rugs for your pup.

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Laminate

Many claim that laminate flooring is the best if you have a dog.

It’s very durable and tough, being pretty much scratchproof.

Clean-ups are effortless.

And it’s cheap!

But while it’s convenient, it’s not great for your dog.

Laminate is extremely slippery.

Puppies and adult dogs alike won’t be able to build any traction on laminate.

Causing them to slide all over the place, this is a hazard.

If you have laminate and can’t replace it, make use of plenty of area rugs.

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Hardwood

You probably want to know which hardwood flooring is best for dogs, as that’s what’s in most homes.

However, hardwood isn’t really the best for pet owners.

Wood floors and liquids are enemies.

If your dog were to have an accident, your floor could be seriously damaged.

Liquids can cause hardwood to stain and swell up. They’re also prone to showing scratches.

But if you’re dead set on hardwood, you need the pricier engineered hardwood.

It has a tougher finish and has multiple layers to it, giving it some protection against damage.

A solid hardwood floor can be as durable as vinyl, but it’ll cost you a lot of money.

Flooring for Dogs

With that said, it’s possible to make most types of flooring work for dogs.

If you have a slippery, cold floor like laminate, lay down plenty of rugs for your dog.

Try to give them their own space to play that has a more comfortable flooring.

So they don’t get too playful on the potentially dangerous floor.

Keep your dog’s nails trimmed, too!

This will help them build traction while keeping your floor safe from scratches.

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