When you are the owner of a dog, they are not only your best friend but are part of your family, so you will want to do what you can to make your home a safe and comfortable environment for them as well as for you and your family. Along with taking care of your pets' needs, you can also install waterproof flooring that prevents pets stains and mold and mildew growth and also provides good traction for your pet's feet and claws. Here is some insight to help you choose and install a waterproof and pet-friendly floor for your home's interior.
Select an Appropriate Flooring
There are many types of flooring you can install in your home, such as laminate, hardwood, vinyl, and carpeting. When you have an indoor dog, you may not want to install carpeting due to its high absorbancy or hardwood flooring because it can become easily scratched and gouged by your pet's claws. But as a good waterproof flooring option, you can choose a tile with good traction for your pet's feet.
Flooring tile is fully waterproof, so any water that seeps onto the floor's surface or up from beneath will not saturate your tiles and cause related moisture damage. And there are many types of floor tiles made of various finishes; some are more slippery than others. One question to ask the sales person at the tile store is what COF, or Coefficient of Friction, the tile is rated with. This rating tells you how slippery the surface of a tile is; the higher the COF number, the more traction the tile provides.
Looking for a tile's COF can be helpful if you are buying the tile online and you can't feel its surface firsthand. And because you can select a tile with a higher level of traction, you create a safer place in your home for you and your family members. This can be helpful, especially considering that floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Install the Tile With More Grout
Once you have selected the tile with a high COF to install in your home, the method you use to install it can also help increase your flooring's traction for your pets. Your pets use their claws to stabilize their movements through your home and when moving from a seated to an upright position, especially the older they get. Installing the flooring tiles with slightly wider grout lines can help improve the traction on your floors by making this area of grout increased in size. When your pet's claws come into contact with the grout lines, the grout provides additional traction along the edges of each tile.
As you install the tile, instead of using spacers and installing them at the traditional width of one-sixteenth inch to one-half inch, space your tiles slightly wider apart from one another at one-half to three-fourths inch widths. This creates a wider gap for you to fill in with traction-providing grout.
Lay Down Rugs
As an additional way to keep your floors slip resistant, you can place rugs strategically through your home. It is especially helpful to place rugs on the floor around corners and at the bottom of a staircase, which adds extra grip for you, your family, and your pets to keep a foothold.
Be sure your rugs are covered with a rubber backing that will help the rug grip onto your tile floor. You can add rubber mats beneath any rugs that do not have a rubber backing to keep them gripping the floor.