Best Types of Flooring for Pet-Friendly Homes

by Sophie Tsang 11/21/2021

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From getting a bad case of the zoomies to being less than dainty with their water dish, pets definitely put flooring through its paces. Unfortunately, many flooring materials simply cannot meet the demands of pet-friendly households. You need a durable material known to withstand whatever your pets can throw at it like these five great options.

Luxury Vinyl

Vinyl has long served as the best type of flooring for pets since it is scratch-resistant, waterproof and easy to clean. Beyond that, this material feels great underfoot and mutes the sound of your pets’ nails clicking across the floor.

You don’t have to get plain colors or boring prints either. You can now find luxury vinyl that boasts the look of hardwood and natural stone but without the cost.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is a fantastic pet-friendly flooring material since it resists stains and scratches, especially if you get unpolished varieties. As an added benefit, the natural texture flooring helps pets stay steady on their feet, which is helpful if your pets are getting up there in age.

If pets spill water or have an accident on the stone, it won’t seep into the material. Instead, you can just wipe it right up with ease. To avoid having to clean up quite as often, go with a multi-colored stone that keeps the errant fur and debris out of sight and out of mind.


Laminate has only improved through the decades since its release. It now boasts a truly waterproof design that keeps liquids from seeping into the cracks and warping the flooring. In addition, it is scratch-resistant and doesn’t wear down nearly as quickly as hardwood floors.

Even with heavy use, you’ll find the laminate looking just as good as it did when installed years down the line. This material is also a lot more affordable than hardwood, while looking just like the real thing.


If you want something a little more natural than laminate, then cork is a good choice. Although it’s only water-resistant, not waterproof, it still works well in homes with pets that are past the initial house-training age.

You will also like it if your pets frequently go out and get muddy since it resists mold and mildew growth. As long as you can quickly mop up their mess, you can trust that your floors will stay in great shape.


Bamboo costs a bit more than cork but is also more durable since it is such a hard material. This material is also more stylish than cork and comes in unique patterns and plank sizes.

You can feel good about it, too, since it's one of the most eco-friendly flooring options on the market today. Like cork, this material is only water-resistant, so go with a different option if your pets are not house-trained.

When you upgrade your home’s old carpet or other flooring with any of these options, your stress levels will likely decrease by far as you watch your pets frolic throughout the house. You can then focus on enjoying your new home to the fullest while spending quality time with your pets.

About the Author

Sophie Tsang

Sophie’s Civil Engineering background and marketing expertise contribute to her broad understanding and high efficiency in marketing real estate properties. She has been consistently a top performer since 2005, and ranks top 1% of all Silicon Valley Realtors, and top 1000 Realtors in the country per World Street Journal Real Trends.

As a seasoned negotiator, Sophie’s no-nonsense marketing system and meticulous attention to details have been key success factors. She is known as the The Fixer, or the Miracle Worker, frequently helps sellers sell their homes when other agents had failed or given up. She helps buyers get into homes when they previously struggled. 19 years in Real Estate, Sophie has honed her skills on getting the best possible results for her clients. Her trusted network of vendors and use of cutting-edge technology ensure each step of each transaction is executed to achieve next level result!

Sophie is a proud parent of 2 Eagle Scouts. She has done guest speaking at Faith Radio, and written a column for World Journal Newspaper to share her Real Estate knowledge. Sophie is a Palo Alto Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, also a Golden Gate Keeper (Golden Gate National Park Conservancy)