Flooring suggestions for homes with dogs

Flooring suggestions for homes with dogs


We consider our dogs family, but we know they can be pretty hard on floors. They drool, drop and spill food, track in mud, dig, and more.

So you need new floors that can stand up to all this. And it needs to be stylish for humans, of course!

Truth: Any flooring can work


That includes carpet, where a common misconception is that it doesn't work in pet-friendly homes. However, modern technology has enabled mills to create extra durability, stain resistance, and pet-friendly versions with warranties.

Make minor adjustments, like keeping pet nails trimmed, considering engineered vs. solid hardwood, or placing mats strategically.

Here, however, are two of our top choices.

Luxury vinyl: affordable, stylish, high functionality


Luxury vinyl is considered one of the most pet-and-kid-friendly floors around. Our flooring store carries top brands like COREtec. Karndean Design Flooring and more.

You will see gorgeous wood, stone, and tile looks in our showroom. Functionally, it also checks all the boxes of durability, 100% waterproof capabilities, and easy care.

Luxury vinyl is also warm and flexible, like any resilient product. That means Fido will have a nice place to nap. Of course, if they have arthritis, it'll be appreciated even more.

Tile: Functional beauty!


Wood and stone look tiles, art deco and Arabesque ceramics, glass, and mosaics are all at our flooring company. They come from top brands like Daltile, Interceramic, Tesoro, etc.

Besides style, tile's ultra-durable and easy to clean. Since it comes directly from the earth, it's also a green product.

Since we're in hot and sunny Florida, Fido will probably appreciate sleeping on a cool surface. You can always soften it with a mat or area rug, though.

Family-owned flooring source, 40 years of experience

You’ll be blown away when you walk into the Fred Nickel Inc/Designer Floors by Nickel Tile showroom. We have a large inventory of new floors, all at reasonable prices.

Visit our showroom in The Villages & Ocala, FL. You'll see top brands like Mohawk, SmartStrand, US Floors, Karastan, Harris Wood, SolidTech, and more. Come to see us if you live or work in Belleview, Leesburg, or Wildwood.