No doubt about it. All wood cabinetry is stunning, strong and durable. But while solid wood helps to craft the best kitchen cabinets money can buy, it’s not always the best choice for homes with dogs and cats. Pets are a beloved part of the family, but they are also notorious for making messes — from accidents while house training to claws that scratch and dent. That is why smart homeowners opt for affordable, pet-friendly materials that are waterproof and resistant to damage — while still looking as stunning as hardwood. Here are the three best home flooring options for families with pets.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
If you love the beauty of hardwood, but not the worry, look no further than luxury vinyl flooring. This strong and durable material is stain and impact resistant, and also 100% waterproof. That means it can stand up to anything your pet can dish out, including muddy paw prints, water bowl spills and puppy puddles. It’s also warm to the touch and slip resistant, and beautifully compliments your all wood cabinetry.
Not your grandmother’s vinyl, this manufactured flooring comes in rigid planks with an embossed, textured finish that mimics the look and feel of genuine hardwood. The RTA Store’s luxury vinyl flooring also has an antimicrobial top coat, is phthalate free, and is FloorScore® and Greenguard Gold® certified. These standards ensure our products are safer for both pets and people. As an added bonus, luxury vinyl flooring is easy to install and a great DIY project!
Ceramic tile flooring has also come a long way. A long-time favorite amongst homeowners, this strong and functional tile now comes in a wide variety of styles and colors, including stylish ceramic wood-look tile to pair with your all wood cabinetry. As a flooring material, ceramic is impervious to water damage and is easy to clean. It can also stand up to sharp cat claws and kitty litter misses.
For greater comfort on paws and better slip-resistance, look for options with a smooth matte finish. Ceramic tile flooring from The RTA Store is NSF Certified®, and Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified®, making it an healthy and environmentally-friendly choice for families with pets.
Porcelain tile is another excellent flooring choice for families with pets. Like ceramic, porcelain is water-resistant, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also frost-resistant, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. This is especially nice for furry family members who like to spend time on the backyard patio.
Porcelain gives you the beauty of natural stone and marble in a much stronger, low-maintenance package. Porcelain tile flooring from The RTA Store is also NSF Certified®, and Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified®. If you opt for ceramic or porcelain tile, be sure to mop up any messes as they occur as you would with any flooring, and be sure to seal your grout.
The best kitchen cabinets deserve flooring that is equally stylish and durable — especially when you have a family pet. Whether you choose luxury vinyl, ceramic, or porcelain tile, you can rest assured your floors will look beautiful for years to come.
At The RTA Store, we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (ready to assemble) and pre-assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office, home bar, or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call, and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design service.