Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring With Pets

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Certain types of flooring and pets just don't mix. In fact, when owning a pet and installing new flooring, many aspects must be considered. Pet owners who have ruled out wood flooring or tile may find themselves choosing between vinyl and laminate flooring.

Identification: Laminate Flooring

  • Laminate flooring is a pressure-treated type of floor made from engineered wood products and petroleum-based resins. With pets, laminate flooring can swell or warp if any standing liquid, such as urine or vomit, is left for a certain period.

Identification: Vinyl Flooring

  • Vinyl flooring is made from chlorides and petroleum-based products, giving it a larger variety of colors than laminate flooring. Vinyl, much like laminate flooring, is resistant to pet scratches as well as pet stains.

Choosing with Pets

  • In short, both vinyl and laminate effectively reduce allergens relating to pet hair and resist scratches. However, vinyl flooring may be a better choice, as it is more resistant to pet accidents and is less likely to buckle or swell, as there is less moisture penetration.

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