Renovating your home is an exciting thing to do. Choosing what types of wood and what color of flooring that will go with the décor of the home is essential for a beautiful presentation. But there are two things that are as important, if not more important to take into consideration when shopping for that new wood floor.
Your hurricane with paws has an influence on what wood gets placed there, and how long it lasts! Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are a pet owner deciding on the aspects of your first wood floor and ways to keep that wood floor looking fantastic for years to come.
Wood Flooring that Will Stand the Test of Time and Trial
Janka Wood Hardness Test
Is your floor tough enough to take a beating from the ruckus of paws and scraping of claws? The U.S. Forest Service listed the solidity of several wood species. Take a look at the Janka Wood Hardness Scale to see the resistance of the different types of wood. Looking at the scale, you will notice that native Teak is softer than bamboo but sturdier than Red Maple.
You will want to choose a wood that has a decently higher rating of resistance, or pounds-force (IBF). This will help keep the wood from getting dented and scraped easily by your little adventurers.
Acrylic Impregnated Engineered Hardwood
Another thing that will protect against dents is Acrylic Impregnated Engineered Hardwood Flooring. The wood is injected with acrylic, which makes it significantly more durable. So if Fluffy loves to show off by dramatically jumping from the stairs onto the wood floor below, no problem! With this type of wood, you can protect your floor from your pet’s endearing and sometimes damaging acrobatics.
Wood Color and Texture
Does your pet like to leave his or her mark on history… and every wall, carpet, and floor there is? If scratch marks are a problem, lighter colored wood is your best bet when it comes to hiding blemishes and scratches. Another thing that can hide scratches and dents well are woods with more grain and texture. Hand-scraped wood can add flair to a home while hiding the evidence of annoying scratches.
Add a Rug
Rugs can protect your floor from outside debris when you have a dog or an outdoor/indoor cat.
Easy to clean, low pile rugs can help protect your floor from constant paw traffic. Outdoor rugs are built to be durable and can be an even better option for those bumbling little feet!
Give Fluffy and Fido a manicure!
Trim your pet’s nails regularly to avoid unsightly scratches. You can also invest in getting vinyl caps to help reduce scratching problems. You don’t have to avoid getting a wood floor just because you have an animal. With some careful considerations (and an occasional manicure for your fluffy friends), you will keep your beautiful wood floor looking great for years to come. If you need assistance in choosing the right floor for your home and situation, call the professionals.