My first choice for a pet friendly floor is ceramic or porcelain tile. These floors are scratch proof and water proof. If the tile look isn’t your thing, think keep in mind that not only are there ceramic tile looks, but there are now very realistic hardwood looks made from porcelain tile. One good idea, when using tile, is to upgrade to more stain resistant grout, such as Tec’s Power Grout This will give your grout added stain protection.
In hardwood, you should look for distressed hardwood floors. These will better mask the inevitable scratches that come with larger pets. Also, lower gloss finishes will show less scratches in reflected light. Hardwood floors that are denser such as Hickory, Brazilian Cherry, or Tigerwood are less susceptible to denting than softer hardwood floors.
For carpet we recommend a non looped, continuous filament fiber. Mohawk’s Smartstrand carpet is one line to consider. This carpet, made from the new carpet fiber Triexta offers incredible stain resistance, and comes with a lifetime stain & soil warranty . Even bleach won’t discolor the carpet. Also, the best pet pad on the market is Stainmaster’s Visco Plus padding. This padding has a breathable vapor barrier, and an environmentally friendly enzyme treatment. The Stainmaster pad is a great choice for pet owners. Stainmaster Pad
Higher end vinyl is also a good alternative in flooring for the pet owner. Vinyl sheet, planks or tiles are water proof (from the top) and will hold up well to traffic. Base grade vinyl products will not do as well with scratches as better vinyl floors.
Lower gloss laminate flooring will do well with traffic and scratches, but can show swelling at the seams if subjected to repeated moisture.