Do you love your four-legged companion? Do you love hardwood floors? Are you afraid you will have to choose one over the other? Don’t sink your tail between your legs just yet because there are plenty of pet friendly hardwood floor options out there – you just might have to do a little digging.
When picking your pet-friendly hardwood floors remember that it needs to be durable enough to withstand nail scratches and it can’t be warped by the occasional potty accident. The best option is Brazilian Walnut, which is hard and dense, and Hard Maple, which is typically used in basketball courts so if your pet is running across, it will be like child’s play.
There are a couple of conditions you should look for when picking your pet friendly hardwood. The wood should be pre-finished so it is stained and sealed with layers of aluminum oxide-impregnated urethane finish. Second, obviously be sure to choose a hardwood rather than a soft wood like pine or fir. Soft woods will not be able to protect against your furry friend’s claws.
Finally, make sure your hardwood is solid hardwood and not engineered wood. Engineered wood is laminated wood with a real hardwood veneer on top and can fall prey to your doggies’ clawed feet. The engineered wood may be able to be sanded back to life once, but after that there is a risk of exposing the structural wood underneath all the eroded layers.
Of course, another alternative to a real hardwood floor is a vinyl or laminate floor that looks like real hardwood. Laminate floors have a protective finish that helps protect against scratches, stains, and soiling. A vinyl floor is a durable and long-lasting material that also protects against soils and stains as well as moisture and abrasions.
No matter what wood or other material you use, your pet will love your floor as much as you do!
This post was written by Thais Sousa. Follow Thais on Google.