Pet-Friendly Concrete Flooring Options for Your Home
When considering the best flooring options for your family members, you should also consider the little furry ones with four legs. Concrete flooring is an excellent flooring option for families with pets. There is a wide range of different designs and styles to choose from to give your home the perfect look while being pet-friendly at the same time. There are concrete flooring options for both indoor and outdoor use which you can determine which one is the best choice and most preferred by cats and dogs.
Types of Pet-Friendly Concrete Offered
If this is your first time discovering the benefits of concrete flooring when it comes to your pets, you should first know that all of the materials used are sourced from two renowned concrete suppliers: Limecrete and Holcim.
Decorative Concrete WA sources aggregate from only the best quarries in Australia to produce stylish, trendy blends and mixes that are excellent for use in modern home design. Holcim is another renowned concrete supplier who offers one of the largest ranges in the industry. Their selections include various stones for their natural variation in size, shape, and colour.
The concrete flooring designs from Limecrete are available for both indoor and outdoor use. Outdoors, you can create stunning, million-dollar looks for polished floors, pools, driveways, alfresco, and more. In addition, Limecrete designs are often around the same price as conventional paving methods. This brand is an obvious choice and provides the opportunity to create a sleek, seamless look at an affordable price.
Their range includes:
- Dark Finishes
- Among others
The raw materials used to make the Holcim Concept range are products that truly come directly from nature. All of their concrete is manufactured to Australian Standard AS 1379. This range is more limited when compared to Limecrete and selections are divided into two ranges: Exposed and Polished
Here are the unique designs you can choose from both the Exposed and Polished Ranges:
- Black Sheoak
- Cypress Black
- Ghost Maple
Why Concrete Floors Are Pet-Friendly
When it comes to pets, especially dogs, concrete flooring is an excellent option for both indoor and outdoor areas. For outdoor use, honed concrete and exposed aggregate are both great choices. For indoor use, polished concrete is commonly used in homes with pets.
To ensure the welfare and safety of your pet, there are a few criteria you should consider when deciding on what type of concrete flooring to use in your home. You may want to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it safe for my pet?
- Is it versatile?
- Is it comfortable for lying and walking?
- Does it allow dogs to separate itself from its excrement?
- Is it easy to maintain and keep clean?
- How long will it last?
Once you can answer these questions, you can determine the type of design, style, texture, and colour that fits perfectly into your overall design plan. Once all of that is factored in, you should also consider the reasons why a concrete floor plan is the gold standard for homes with pets.
Here are a few reasons why:
- They resist pet stains and bad odours
Unlike other types of flooring that do not protect as well from pet stains and odours, concrete floor designs that are sealed with a floor finish or protective film-forming sealer will ensure that pet urine or other stains never seep into the floor.
This is why you will never have to worry about lingering orders or stains when you install concrete flooring with your pets in mind.
- Easy to clean.
Nobody likes cleaning up muddy pawprints or shedding fur; especially in hard to reach places. Concrete flooring makes cleaning a breeze. All you need is a broom, mop or towel and you can quickly and easily get rid of any mess.
- Does not trap fleas, mites, or pet dander
Shedding fur and animal dander (flakes of skin) are common in any home with a pet. If not cleaned often, people who are sensitive can begin to develop allergies. Unlike carpet which tends to trap a lot of dirt and dander, concrete allows for and dander to be easily removed during routine cleaning.
We all know that pets love to scratch and dig at things and that includes your floors.
Concrete allows you to have a floor that will last many years that remains scratch-resistant and virtually scratchproof when a good floor wax or sealer is applied.
Concrete floors are suitable for any room in your home where you keep pets. You should pay attention to high traffic areas where your pet often roams. Common rooms that are suitable for concrete flooring include kitchens, baths, entryways and basements.
Indoor concrete floors will not only give your rooms a sleek contemporary look, but it will also be able to withstand anything your pet delivers such as messes, bad odours, urine, claw scratches and spilled liquids. Also, it contributes to good air quality and can help reduce your energy bills.
When considering flooring options for the exterior of your home, some factors to consider when including your little furry one is the texture of the flooring and the slope. When it comes to concrete floors, both honed aggregate and exposed aggregate are both excellent choices to provide optimal flooring for your pet.
You can have the best of both worlds because you can create an elegant design while providing the best flooring that your pet will enjoy walking on comfortably. Also, concrete flooring does not create any steep areas that are difficult or unsafe for your pet. Concrete is one of the most classic and versatile materials that are perfect for any outdoor flooring that will include your pet.
Preferred Options for Concrete Flooring for Pets
Have you ever been in someone’s home that has floorboards or carpet and noticed that the place is a furry, hairy mess with a very unpleasant odour? If the answer is yes, it is because the homeowner is not able to maintain a pet and have clean floors. One of the reasons may be that it is more difficult to maintain and clean pet messes with carpet, floorboards, and other types of flooring materials that may collect and trap pet dirt and messes.
When it comes to the internal flooring of your home, polished concrete is the best choice. For pets, this type of concrete flooring provides your pet with a clean space to enjoy that is free of hair and pet odours. During wet seasons, you can easily clean up muddy paw prints and dirty footprints on your floors with a broom or mop.
Recommended Options for Indoor Flooring
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to incorporating concrete into your overall floor design. It is recommended that you come in and see the concrete for yourself rather than just looking at photos from home on your computer. By doing so, you will be about to get a visual and feel for how that material will work best on your floors, both indoors and outdoors while providing the best environment for your pets.
To keep it simple, we recommend internal polished floors for rooms indoors. These types of floors will provide the optimal surface and flooring for your pet to enjoy for years to come. Polished concrete floors can also be used on other surfaces that get constant foot traffic such as driveways and footpaths. With so many options to choose from, you will create a sleek, decorative look with the perfect environment for yourself, your family, and your pets without spending an exorbitant amount of money.
Outdoor Concrete Recommendations
For the outdoors, we recommend decorative concrete that is weather-resistant and able to handle continuous outdoor exposure. Our outdoor concrete has advantages over other materials because when a sealant or curing/strengthening process is applied to the concrete, it can resist harsh weather conditions, last years with minimal maintenance, and best of all, provides the optimal environment for cats and dogs.
Get the Best Flooring for Your Pets
Decorative concrete for pets comes in a wide range of colours and mix options. As you decide on a few options for your home flooring design, we recommend choosing from different coloured aggregate stones and sizes as well as different coloured concrete bases. You can get a feel of the concrete and see how the finish changes the aesthetic as you explore different options. Eventually, you will narrow down your choices to a few designs that are perfect for your home and your little furry ones. We are more than happy to discuss all of you concrete needs, get in touch today.