If you are the owner of a furry friend, you might have noticed that pets can take a toll on the flooring in your home. If you are buying a new home, or thinking of remodeling your current home, it would be a good idea to consider the type of flooring that would allow you to keep your pets in the family, and have high-quality floors at the same time.
Many people opt to go with carpeted floors, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Carpet is less expensive and comfortable, but it also wears down quickly and easily absorbs stains and odors. On the other hand, hardwood flooring can get scratched or stained, making it less than ideal as well. Many of today’s homeowners are choosing a third flooring option – stone or tile flooring.
When you have a cat or dog, stone flooring is great for a number of reasons. First off, it is extremely difficult to scratch a stone floor (and even more difficult to notice the scratches that do occur). Also, stone floors don’t absorb moisture, which makes cleaning up pet accidents a breeze. They don’t absorb odors, helping your home to stay clean and fresh. There are many different types of stone flooring, including granite, which is the hardest and most durable of the natural stones. Other options include marble, travertine, and slate which are all excellent choices as well.
Many of the advantages to stone flooring are also true with tile flooring. Tile is scratch resistant, durable, and blocks odor and moisture. Tile floors come in all sorts of styles and colors, allowing you to get the look that best fits your home. With both tile and stone flooring, the biggest downside is the fact that they are hard and cold, which isn’t as comfortable for pets to lie down on. However, with the help of rugs or pet beds this problem can be quickly evaded.
To have a flooring surface that is ideal for pets, you really can’t go wrong with either tile or stone. They both offer many benefits for those who own pets, and are durable, long-lasting surfaces. What it all comes down to is price and personal preference. It’s a win-win. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that it is recommended that stone and tile flooring be professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. This guarantees they will be clean and free from bacteria, and look as good as new. Omega Chem-Dry is the flooring professionals here in Montgomery County and Howard County. Give us a call today to start making your home healthier and happier.