There’s never a dull moment when you’re a pet owner, and although we all love our four-legged friends, they can be quite rough on flooring surfaces. From scratches to shedding to facepalm-inducing accidents, your floors will experience quite a bit of wear and tear when you have a “furbaby” in the house. For this reason, it only makes sense to carefully consider which type of flooring material you should choose as a pet owner.

While no flooring product will emerge completely unscathed after years of having a pet in the home, luxury vinyl stands out as one of the best options on the table. If you’re a pet lover, below are four reasons why luxury vinyl might be the best flooring choice for you.

1. Durability

Luxury vinyl has a thicker wear layer than standard vinyl, making it significantly more durable than its traditional counterpart. When properly installed, luxury vinyl is highly resistant to scratches and tears, which is a huge plus for those of us who have pets with unforgiving nails.

2. Comfort 

Luxury vinyl is soft underfoot, offering a greater level of comfort in comparison to wood or tile. It also has a good amount of “give” and a somewhat cushiony feel, which makes it a much more comfortable place for your pet to take a nap. In addition, its relative softness makes it a quieter surface for pets to walk on, which means you’ll be subject to far less “clickety-clack” noise from your pet’s nails.

3. Maintenance

If you have a furry friend in the house, the occasional accident will be inevitable. Fortunately, luxury vinyl holds up very well against spills and other pet-related mishaps that could leave other surfaces permanently damaged. Keep in mind that luxury vinyl is highly water-resistant, making it easy to clean up accidents without leaving a trace, and its smooth surface makes it easy to vacuum up loose pet hairs in a jiffy.

4. Versatility

Today’s luxury vinyl is not the same vinyl that Grandma had in her kitchen two generations ago. Vinyl flooring manufacturing technology has dramatically improved over the years, and with the advent of luxury vinyl in late 2006, there are now more style and color options available for this versatile flooring product than ever before.

Luxury vinyl typically comes in one of two forms: Planks or tile. It can be made to mimic the look of natural wood or stone, which means that luxury vinyl can offer the aesthetics of more expensive flooring materials without the typical drawbacks in functionality that are peculiar to those materials. So not only will you have a flooring surface that is pet-friendly, but it also provides outstanding visual appeal and functional value as well.

Luxury vinyl is an excellent choice for pet lovers who are looking for a flooring material that can withstand the rigors of pet ownership while also offering optimal style and versatility. With so many different luxury vinyl designs to choose from, it might be worth it to seek the advice of a flooring expert to help you weigh out your options.

McSwain Carpets & Floors is one of the most trusted names in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky areas for flooring installations of all kinds, from carpet to hardwood to luxury vinyl and everything in between. Give us a call or stop by one of our showrooms to discover all of the pet-friendly luxury flooring options that are available, so that you can find the floor surface that will be perfect for your furry friend!