What's the best flooring for pets?-3Whether you are buying a new home or remodeling your existing home, flooring choices can be greatly impacted if you are a pet owner.  For most pet owners, their pets are like children and are an important part of the family. For this reason, it is important to consider a flooring option that is practical for those with pets.  Oftentimes, pets can be very hard on flooring surfaces so it is imperative that homeowners choose a flooring option that is suitable for pets. Here is a breakdown of the four most common types of flooring and how suitable they are for pets. 


Carpet is the choice of many homeowners because it is soft and inviting. Many think it is better for pets because it’s softer for them to lay on, However, pets are hard on carpets. Their claws tend to snag the fibers. If your pet is prone to shedding it is harder to remove the fur from the carpet. Also, if your pet has an accident, it can be difficult to remove the stain and smell because the fibers will absorb it. Carpet isn’t usually the best choice for pet owners.


Hardwood is a popular option because of its beauty, but it’s also not a great choice for pet owners. Hardwood floors scratch easily, especially from pet claws running on it. They also absorb moisture and smells, so a pet accident will warp the flooring and continue to smell despite your best cleaning efforts.

Stone Flooring

On the other hand, stone flooring is an excellent choice for pet owners for a number of reasons.  For starters, it is very scratch resistant. In addition, it does not absorb moisture, making it very easy to clean up if your pets have an accident. Similarly, it will not absorb odors, so you can keep your house smelling fresh and clean. Granite is the best choice for a durable floor because it is the hardest of the natural stones. However, softer stones such as marble, travertine, and slate are still good options, although they might require a bit more maintenance to keep them looking nice.

Tile Flooring

Much like stone flooring, tile flooring offers many of the same benefits including scratch resistance, durability, and odor and moisture control.  The main downside to stone and tile flooring is the fact that 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 and pet beds.


When choosing a flooring surface for your pets, you can’t go wrong with either stone or tile.  Both types of flooring offer great benefits for pets and are very durable surfaces. The main difference will be in price and personal taste.  Both options are extremely suitable for pet owners. Regardless of which flooring you choose, it is recommended that stone and tile flooring be professionally cleaned every 12-18 months to ensure they look their best and are clean and sanitized. Short Stop Chem-Dry is happy to take care of your tile and stone cleaning.