flooring for pets floor coverings international madisonWhen you’re in the market for new flooring for your Madison home and you are also a pet owner, you know that you must find a flooring option that suits all members of the family. Luckily there have been many advancements in the flooring world and you’ll have plenty of selection to choose from. Here are 5 flooring materials that are perfect for pets from the experts here at Floor Coverings International Madison.


Hardwood flooring is incredibly popular in the Madison area. It’s perfect for pets because it won’t collect and harbor allergens from dander, fur, or hair. The only downside is that it can become scratched or scuffed up. The solution? Simply be sure to install a hardwood flooring option that has a high rating on the Janka Hardness Scale. This will ensure that your hardwood flooring is just that: hard. Species such as hickory, mahogany, and oak can handle traffic from you and your four-legged friends.  The other great thing about solid hardwoods? You can refinish them and they look like new!

Porcelain Tile

Tile is an ideal flooring option for pets. It’s hypoallergenic, easy to clean up, and it won’t scratch or damage easily. The only real downside when it comes to you and your pets is that this flooring option can be a bit cold during our Wisconsin winters. This can be solved by installing radiant heating with the flooring or simply adding in an area rug or two!

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has come a long way since its debut decades ago. Now vinyl plank flooring is a convincing alternative to hardwoods. Luxury vinyl tiles can also be installed with grout, just like traditional tile. This makes the tile look and feel like the real deal. So why choose vinyl? Many homeowners love that this flooring is super durable, low-maintenance, comfortable underfoot, and a great value for their Madison home.

Textured Laminate

If you’re going for the solid hardwood look in your home, but don’t want to worry about any upkeep, laminate flooring may be just the thing. Textured laminate flooring is perfect for kitchens, living rooms, hallways, and more. The top layer of the flooring is definitely strong enough to not wear out from even the most energetic pets. And now that laminate flooring is available with a textured finish, it is one of the most convincing hardwood alternatives out there.


I know what you’re thinking: carpet is not great when your pet has an accident! However, carpet has also come a long way in recent years. A key advancement is carpet that is specifically designed to handle pet messes. Stainmaster Pet Protect carpet was designed with pets in mind. If you really want carpet in your living room or bedroom and you have a pet, that’s fine! Just be sure you get a carpet up to the task. More Reading: What to Consider with Carpet and Pets

Ask A Flooring Expert

Have another flooring option in mind for your home that you think would work well with your pets? We’re here to help answer all of your flooring questions to make sure you get the best flooring for your home at a competitive price. We offer free design consultations and can bring the flooring samples to you! Or, you can stop by our showroom here in Madison. We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to new floors, so we want to share what it’s like to work with us.

Give us a call today to get started at 608-729-5388!

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