How to avoid hardwood floor repair when you have pets
For those of our clients with pets, especially dogs, we have a few tips for selecting and maintaining a hardwood floor even with a dog in the house. We will discuss which types of hardwood floors are best for homes that include dogs as part of the family. We all want to avoid having to pay for hardwood floor repair, and the best way to do that is to plan and prevent.
Although all wood will dent and scratch over time, the goal is to minimize damage and prevent it as much as possible. Choosing a solid hardwood over an engineered floor is the first step. A solid hardwood floor can be refinished if you do get deep scratches or pet stains in your floor. Engineered flooring has a limited number of sandings that can be done.
Harder hardwoods are better when a home has dogs in it. Consult Day Flooring to get recommendations on which hardwoods stand up best to hard use and/or pets. Also keep in mind that woods with stronger graining will hide scratches better than woods with smoother grains. Oak and Red Oak are two types of wood that have stronger graining, and both are good choices for homes with pets.
When it comes to finishes, satin finishes are better than glossy finishes in homes with pets. Glossier finishes will show scratches more when light reflects off it.
Finally, in general, lighter colored woods are better at hiding scratches, while dark colors tend to show scratches and dirt more easily.
If you do have damaged hardwood floors, call Day Flooring for an estimate on having an expert repair your floor. Or if you want help choosing a hardwood floor that minimizes damage, we can recommend the best floor for your needs.