If you have a pet and are buying a new home or remodeling your existing home, you’re probably wondering what the best flooring for your furry friend is. You probably know that dogs and cats are hard on carpets, getting their claws caught in it and often scratching it up. They also tend to scratch the more delicate hardwood flooring, and an “accident” on hardwood will absorb into the wood and be almost impossible to remove. That leaves you with two great option for your new floors: tile and stone. Which one is best for you? Read on to find out.
Stone flooring is an excellent choice for pet owners for a number of reasons. For starters, it is very scratch resistant and any scratches that might occur are very difficult to notice. It also doesn’t absorb moisture or odors, making it very easy to clean up if your pets have an accident or you spill anything. As for which type of stone you should choose, granite is probably the best choice for a durable floor because it is the hardest. However, softer stones such as marble, travertine, and slate are still good options, although they might require a bit more maintenance. It comes down to the look you want in your home and how much maintenance you’re willing to do.
Tile flooring’s benefits are similar to that of stone. It’s durable, scratch resistant, and won’t absorb moisture and odors either. The bigger advantage tile has over stone flooring is that tile flooring comes in a variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes, making it easy to personalize your home exactly as you want. Tile also comes in a variety of price points, making it an affordable option. It’s a great choice for those who want a beautiful, unique home at a reasonable price.
Tile and stone flooring both have the same disadvantage for pet owners: they are hard and cold, making for an uncomfortable place for pets to lie down. However, this problem can easily be solved by using throw rugs or pet beds. Overall though, they are both a great choice.
Regardless of which flooring you choose, it is recommended that stone and tile flooring be professionally cleaned every 12-18 months to keep them clean and in top condition. If you’re in the Sonoma area, North American Chem-Dry would be happy to clean your tile and stone for you!