If you have pets and are buying hardwood floors, this blog is for you. There are several factors to consider when choosing the best hardwood flooring for pets, including durability, scratch resistance, ability to withstand pet accidents, and more. The blog will give you tons of important info to consider that will help you buy the most pet friendly hardwood flooring for your furry friend.
Hardwood Floors for Pets – Pros
Most pets love the cool feel that hardwood floors provide when laid on, especially during the hot summer months. In addition, when tended to immediately, most pet accidents simply wipe away with some hardwood cleaner, leaving no trace of your pet’s bad habits and making your life easier. As an added benefit, solid hardwood floors and some engineered hardwoods can be refinished to look new again if they become scratched from your cat or dog’s claws.
Hardwood Floors for Pets – Cons
It is important to mention that hardwood flooring can create a slippery surface. Running pets may not be able to stop fast enough and elderly pets may find slick hardwood floors painful on their joints. Eased or beveled edges and hand-scraped textures tend to add more traction to hardwood flooring to reduce this problem.
If pet urine, vomit, or feces is left on hardwood floors for an extended period of time, they can be absorbed or leak in between planks. The hardwood may swell as a result and the smell of urine and other offending smells can become permanent. If this situation occurs, the best when the homeowner has floating hardwood floors as these are usually relatively easy to replace when compared to glue down or nail down hardwood floors.
Choosing the Best Pet Friendly Hardwood Flooring
When choosing the best pet friendly hardwood flooring, you should choose hardwoods that rate high on the Janka Hardness Scale such as Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba), Brazilian Teak (Cumaru), and Bloodwood. These floors are extremely durable and scratch resistant. Also pay special attention to what the floor wood is finished with. An aluminum oxide embedded finish with several layers of polyurethane is one example of a pet friendly hardwood finish.
If you choose thick solid hardwood floors, they may be able to be refinished several times, which, if you are willing to do the work, means you can sand and refinish the hardwood floors to look new again. Please note that solid hardwood floors may not be suitable in all installation areas such as basements, and any area with moisture problems.
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