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6 Tips for Pet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

6 Tips for Pet-Friendly Hardwood Floors


Hardwood floors are popular – with good reason. They look great, and are easy for pet owners to maintain. However, our four-legged friends can mar the beauty of our floors. We need pet-friendly hardwood floors that can stand up to their claws.

Here at McCullough’s Flooring, we love dogs (almost) as much as we love floors. Here is a list of pointers to help you get flooring that will keep you and your best friend happy.

1. Choose Your Material


Your choice of flooring hangs on this decision. Do you want actual hardwood floors – or just the look of hardwood? Today, there are many options for dog owners, such as tile that looks like wood. Tile is durable, easy to maintain, and high quality.

Laminate flooring is another option and is much more scratch-resistant than hardwood. And many pet owners with laminate floors have been very happy with them.

2. Consider the Source


All woods are not created equal – and some kinds are better for pets than others are.

Woods to consider

·      Hard maple (also called sugar or rock maple)

·      Brazilian walnut

·      Hickory

Bamboo, while not technically a wood, is another good option. Just make certain to choose the right variety. Avoid strained or caramelized bamboo, but strand bamboo is very strong and can be a great option for pets. It is full of hard resins and will hold up just as well to scratching as a good hardwood.


3. Solid Hardwood Only


Engineered wood is an excellent choice for basements and rooms with higher levels of moisture, and it can be a good product in dog-free homes. But it can only be sanded a limited number of times. Solid hardwood is much thicker than engineered hardwoods and can be refinished when scratched.


4. Pre-finished vs. On-Site


Today, you have the option of choosing pre-finished hardwood flooring or having it finished onsite. Pre-finished hardwood often has an aluminum oxide finish that will stand up well to claw marks.

5. Looks Matter


Get dark-colored flooring. Avoid wood floors that have a lighter finish. The same goes for wood with a light natural color. Think of the last white car you saw in the grocery store parking lot. Dirt and scratches showed up easily on it, right? You can be sure that your pet will scratch your floor at some point. But with a dark finish, you may never notice.

Choose wooden floors with stronger grain patterns. Wood with a “clean” look or less graining will also show scratches more easily.

Consider the distressed look. This may not be the look you want for your hardwood floors. If not, there are plenty of other options. But if you’re open to the vintage feel of a nice distressed look for your flooring, it can be a wonderful way to disguise marks as well.


6. McCullough’s Can Help


We hope these tips help you with your decision. You want to care for your pet – and buying the right hardwood floors can be simple. Call us today for expert advice!