A pet owner's guide: The best floors for dogs

by Pierre C. Rumpf 05/08/2023

If you’re a dog owner thinking about remodeling or buying a new home, it’s a good idea to think about the best floors for dogs. Not only will the right flooring choice save you time and money avoiding damage from scratches and messes, it will also ensure your furry friend is as comfortable as possible at home.

Here are some of the best dog-friendly flooring materials to consider:

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is exceedingly durable and resistant to scratches, which makes it perfect for active dogs. Some laminate finishes mimic the appearance of hardwood flooring, but provide easier cleanup and better moisture resistance. 

Cork flooring

Cork is an eco-friendly and cost-effective flooring option great for homes with pets. It’s naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which makes it more resistant to mold and mildew when exposed to moisture. Best of all, cork has a cushy, shock-absorbing surface which makes it comfortable under your dog’s feet.

Engineered wood flooring

Engineered hardwood is perfect for homeowners who want the aesthetic of real hardwood floors without the price tag. Since engineered wood flooring still contains actual wood, it’s not as moisture or scratch resistant as other synthetic flooring materials. However, it’s easy to clean and less costly to repair if damaged.

Pet-safe carpet flooring

Carpet floors might seem like a bad idea for pet owners - after all, carpeting is extremely susceptible to stains, odor retention and surface damage from claws. However, if you still want the same coziness of carpet in your dog-friendly home, there are some new and improved pet-specific options on the market you may want to consider.

No matter what type of flooring material you choose for your home, using these tips will give you an excellent place to start your search. By weighing the pros and cons of each - and considering your budget - you can pick the best floors for you and your furry friends.

About the Author

Pierre C. Rumpf

Broker Profile: Pierre comes from a diverse background. His adolescent and early adult years found him working for his father, a renowned structural engineer, and his brother, an architectural designer and general contractor. His knowledge of construction design (architectural & structural) and practices is significant. He coupled his construction background with his considerable sales experience, by becoming licensed to sell real estate in Massachusetts in 1986.

Pierre is also a licensed Attorney in the Commonwealth, who formerly worked for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office as a litigator in the Victim & Witness Assistance Division of the Family & Community Crimes Bureau, litigating cases involving victims of violent crime, and since then has had his own legal practice.

For decades, Pierre has excelled in helping buyers of real estate find that condo, single-family, multi-family, lot of lands, or commercial property they desire to buy, or by effectively marketing his clients’ properties to sell their property for the most amount of money possible. His professional background embodies the ideal combination of construction, sales, negotiating, and contract drafting, which is essential to actualizing his clients’ goals and/or dreams. He does all of this with attention to detail, integrity, and success.

Since 1995, PCR Realty has helped buyers and sellers make their transactions as successful as possible. Using a consultative approach, PCR Realty approaches each experience as a unique opportunity for its clients. As a full-service real estate brokerage firm, PCR Realty provides leading-edge services for buyers & sellers.

When it comes to successfully navigating today’s complex real estate market, you need to work with someone who has the experience and commitment to see it done right. PCR Realty excels at matching buyers to sellers. From state-of-the-art marketing to an experienced broker, PCR Realty works diligently to far exceed your expectations. PCR Realty invites you to learn more.