Top 3 Pet Friendly Floors for your Screened-In Porch
Non-absorbency, Scuff Resistance and Traction are Just a Few Qualities of Quality Pet Resistant Patio Flooring
Related Product: GreatDeck Outdoor Plastic Deck Tile
By Julia Nass
Pets bring cuddles, friendship, and smiles into the house. Unfortunately, that's not the only thing they bring. There's no stopping the dirt, stains, scratches and other accidents pets cause. If you have a screened in porch or patio connecting the outside to the inside, that room is particularly subject to such pet messes.
Obviously, you can't stop accidents from happening. However, you can save yourself a lot of trouble with the right flooring. By choosing the right pet-friendly flooring, you can save time, energy and money.
What To Look For in Pet Safe Flooring
There are several features to keep an eye out for when searching for the right patio flooring for your pet. First of all, you'll want something scratch resistant to prevent damage from pet nails and claws. Second, you'll want a floor that is durable enough to withstand wear and tear. Further, it helps to have a floor that can withstand accidents. That means something that is non-absorbent and won't stain with moisture. You'll obviously need to clean up after the messes your pet leaves, so you want to choose something easy to keep clean. It's also a good idea to install a floor with good traction, so scurrying paws won't slip around at all.
This might seem like a lot to be looking out for, but there are plenty of products that uphold all those benefits and more. Here's an overview of some of them.
GreatDeck Outdoor Plastic Deck Tiles
Hardwood is an extremely popular choice for patios, as it provides a clean, classy look. However, hardwood stains easily, can be scratched up by nails and doesn't have the best traction. That's why GreatDeck Outdoor Plastic patio tiles make such a great option. They have a wood-grain design offered in a variety of colors, so you get the wonderful look of wood without the worry.
Unlike actual wood, these tiles are non-slip, scratch resistant, and won't stain the way wood does. These patio tiles are designed to last for a long time outdoors and can certainly face pet elements as well; they are drain-through, waterproof, and won't grow mold and mildew. GreatDeck Tiles are dry lay and a breeze to install or move around.
GreatDeck Plastic tiles are also easy to clean. They can be swept or mopped at any time. It's also recommended they are scrubbed once or twice a year with a hard-bristled brush and soapy water.
StayLock Perforated Tiles
StayLock Perforated Tiles are another durable, drain-through option. These tiles are made from quality plastic material in the USA and come in a variety of fun colors. They are waterproof, slip-resistant and won't be damaged by nails. These patio tiles are a great option if you have kiddos as well, as they are a very popular choice for play areas.
StayLock Perforated Tiles are made with super easy interlocking system. Installation is easy as snapping together tiles by hand. Cleaning only requires a damp mop and common household cleaners. It is best to avoid using bleach on this product.
Note: Greatmats also offers another perforated PVC tiles excellent for just such applications. The Patio Outdoor Tile offers all of the same benefits listed above for the StayLock Tiles.
Max Tile Raised Floor
Vinyl is an excellent choice for pet flooring. Vinyl is slip, wear, scratch and stain resistant, which makes it one of the most popular flooring choices for pet-owners. Greatmats' offers raised vinyl tiles that provide all of these benefits and more.
Max Tile Raised Floors sit above the ground to allow air-circulation, which is particularly important in moist environments. These tiles are durable and designed for heavy traffic and furniture. Max tiles are often used as dance floors and basketball court flooring because they are so scratch and wear resistant. The protective surfacing will never need refinishing. Nevertheless, Max Tiles are extremely comfortable and inviting to bare feet and pet naps.
If you're interested the aesthetics of wood, you can choose one of the wood-grain varieties these tiles come in. Tiles are also offered in a slate design.
Max Tiles stay together with a tight fitting connector system that gives the floor strength and stability. Installations and removals are a simple project you can do all by yourself. Tiles can be cleaned with a damp mop and household cleaner.
Overall, Max Tiles are one of the best non-absorbent vinyl laminate modular floor tiles on the market, and one of the best pet-friendly flooring options out there.
As you can see, you and your pet have some great options for your screened-in porch flooring. You'll be able to rest easy knowing the right pet-resistant tiles will save you from having to deal with damage down the line. Even better, choosing Greatmats patio flooring guarantees you long-lasting quality and the best service around.
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