I have three dogs and a three-year-old, and I have to say, the best flooring for them is definitely the carpet. It is a little softer, more durable, and they will not get in your way.
There is a certain amount of confusion about how dogs and kids should be treated when it comes to flooring, but when it comes to your kids and pets, the safest and most durable flooring is always carpet. Sure your pets could get in the way, but if you do everything right, the floor should not become a chew-box.
Our dogs have a lot of experience with flooring and our three are extremely picky. They like hardwood floors best, but carpet has to be the floor of choice, especially for kids who are small and picky. They are often a little reluctant to use carpet (especially if you have pets) so if you are prepared to spend a little more money, there are many carpet options out there with great reviews on Amazon.
The good news is that there are many types of carpet for dogs and kids out there. As with anything else, there are pros and cons and you have to know which are appealing to your dogs and kids and which you can avoid. The two biggest things to look for are stain resistance and water resistance. Stains and water tend to be more of a problem in carpet than in hardwood floors.
As a general rule, stain resistance is very important, especially in puppy and kid carpet. Stains are not that easily removed and a stain that has not been removed can take years to fade, which can make your dog’s sleep very disruptive.
Water resistance is a bit trickier, and it depends on the type of flooring. If your flooring is stone, you may want to go with a low-VOC (very low-volatile organic compound) floor. It’s more difficult to stain and it is less susceptible to water marks. If your flooring is hardwood, you can’t really count on a stain to last as long.
Water resistant is a tricky one. Some floors in houses are made of ceramic tiles, but these tiles are not water resistant. When you step on a tile, it absorbs a lot of water, and unless the tiles are very porous, the water is eventually absorbed into the floor. In cases where wood flooring is the flooring for your house, you’ll want to make sure you get the proper type of flooring.
The main ingredient is wood. The two primary types of wood are fir and oak. Fir has the advantage of being a bit water resistant, but it can be a bit expensive. Oak is slightly more expensive than fir, but is water resistant. Both types of wood can last for years with proper care.
For kids, there are actually a couple types of flooring that are specifically for kids. One type uses a more durable wood like cedar, while the other uses a more porous wood like pine. The cedar floor is more durable than the pine floor. The cedar floor is still porous, so it will absorb some moisture, but that moisture is eventually turned into the floor. The cedar flooring is more expensive than the oak flooring, but it is a great choice for kids.
I do think that for kids, it is important to think about the cost of the cedar flooring. It is not cheap to buy a new cedar flooring for your kids. There are some cedar floors out there that are $2,000-$3,000 more expensive than what you can buy in a store. For cedar floors, there are some cedar flooring that are made up of several boards that have been glued together.