4 Types of Apartment Flooring for Your Dog

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4 Types of Apartment Flooring for Your Dog

Staff Writer · Jul 9, 2010

Dog flooring is a key consideration when you’re a dog owner searching for an apartment. The landlord is going to want to make sure that you return the apartment in the condition you found it, and any damaged caused by your dog will come out of your security deposit. Your landlord may even require you to pay a pet rent and a pet security deposit, and the landlord may primarily be concerned about the floors. Choosing the best apartment flooring for your dog will save you money when you move out, and a lot of headaches prior to.

1 – Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring may be a good option for you and your dog. It’s easy to clean with a mop and soap, or you can scrub dirt spots with a sponge. You won’t get many scratches either, which is good from the standpoint of your security deposit. You also want have a problem with water spilling out of your dog’s bowl on vinyl flooring. The water won’t damage it. The only problem is that an older dog may slip and fall often on vinyl flooring. It’s best used with younger dogs and puppies. However, some pet friendly apartments have non-slip vinyl flooring.

2 – Linoleum

Another good option for dog flooring is linoleum. The only problem with linoleum is if the flooring is an area where your dog drinks water, it can get damaged over time. Lay towels underneath and around the bowl to stop water from spilling over to avoid water spillage. Linoleum is also anti-microbial, which is a good health benefit for you and your dog.

3 – Wood Flooring

You can expect scratches on wood flooring due to your dog’s nails, but there are ways to treat and “hide” those scratched. The apartment is most likely to have hardwood floors for wood flooring, and there are some finishes that will make the floor non-slip as well. Plan to hire someone during your tenancy to refinish the floor a few times in order to treat scratches. One benefit of hardwood for dog flooring is that it’s easy to clean. You should try to limit water spilling often from your dog’s water bowl though, because the wood may begin to wear over time if it doesn’t have premium finish. Some floors have a great finish, and water spillage won’t matter much.  If you have an older dog that slips a lot, placing rugs on the floor helps.

4 – Laminate Floors

If you like the wood floor look, but don’t want to deal with the expense of refinishing, then choosing an apartment with laminate floors is a better option. There are models that are plastic throughout and made to hold up well in wet areas. You’ll want to find an apartment with this type of dog flooring if you’ve got a dog that’s not completely trained, and pees a lot.

Choose dog flooring that will keep your apartment looking neat for visitors, but especially for your landlord. You don’t want to get thrown out of your apartment over damages to the floors.

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