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Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by

Whether you are planning to renovate your home or you’re building one from the ground up, choosing the type of flooring is important. Of course, this decision is even more crucial for pet owners, as dogs, cats, and other four-legged friends can cause a significant amount of wear and tear to the wrong flooring. As you compare San Diego flooring options, there are four qualities to keep in mind: comfort, damage resistance, scratch resistance, and traction.

Bamboo Flooring
Cost: $5 to $8 per square foot

Bamboo is a popular hardwood flooring option for pet owners, as it’s far more scratch and stain resistant than more traditional options such as oak or walnut. Bamboo holds up well to wear and tear and high traffic, and it won’t stain easily when your pet has an occasional accident. As an added bonus, it’s also eco-friendly. Just keep in mind darker bamboo finishes are often more susceptible to scratches and water damage, so choose a lighter color to be on the safe side.

Laminate Flooring
Cost: $5 to $10 per square foot

Laminate offers a happy compromise for pet owners who want the look of hardwood flooring without the scratches or water damage. Laminate flooring is very easy to clean up and sanitize, and it’s resistant to scratches and water damage. Despite its durability, there is a downside: its high gloss surface offers very little traction and may make it difficult for your pets to walk around the home. You may want to choose a laminate with an embossed or textured finish, or add area rugs.

Vinyl Flooring
Cost: $2 to $10 per square foot

Vinyl flooring may not seem like a great choice for a home with pets, but it’s one of the most affordable options and it can be installed in any room of the home. Vinyl comes in many styles, including luxury vinyl options closely resembling wood grain or natural stone. This flooring option is easy to clean, scratch and stain resistant, and it’s quiet underfoot, which means you won’t wake in the middle of the night to the sound of Fido’s nails clacking across the floor.

Wood-Look Tile Flooring
Cost: $2 to $10 per square foot

Porcelain tile is a great choice when you want flooring that doesn’t show wear and tear or scratches. Accidents in the home won’t cause damage to tile flooring, either. Wood-look tile flooring is also one of the hottest trends in flooring today as it combines the benefits of porcelain tile with the beauty of wood floors. Porcelain tile in San Diego is made so well that it looks and feels like real wood flooring, which means it can be installed in living rooms and kitchens as well as bathrooms.

Ready to make a change? Unique Flooring in San Diego can help. Come by our showroom to see our wide selection of flooring options, or call us at (760) 945-0010 for a free in-home estimate.

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