How Even Pet Owners Can Get the Hardwood Floor of Their Dreams
Have a pet? Want a great looking hardwood floor? Most pet lovers probably think the two are mutually exclusive. But that’s not necessarily the case.
The fact is, even pet owners can have great looking hardwood floors. They just need to choose carefully to get flooring that stands up well to damage. With that in mind, here are some great choices for hardwood flooring for any pet owner’s house.
LOOK AT THE HARDNESS FACTOR
You want to start by choosing a floor that ranks high on the Janka Hardness Scale. Janka Hardness Scales can be found online. Woods that rate 1250 or above are considered to be hard wood while those with ratings below 850 are considered to be softwood.
Hardwood floors that rate 1250 or above will be most resistant to dents, wear and scratches. Oak is generally a good choice as a durable option and sets the standard by which all other types of flooring are measured. However, there are floor types that are even harder and will stand up to damage quite well.
Some flooring choices that are great for pet owners include oak, cherry, maple, hickory, mahogany, sycamore and bamboo. Softer flooring options include pine, chestnut, larch, hemlock and fir. These are more prone to dents and scratches and should be avoided by pet owners.
2. TEXTURED SURFACES
Today, floors are available in a variety of textures including wire brushed and hand scraped. These textured surfaces give a distressed appearance which are great for hiding damage that might be made by a pet.
3. COLOR VARIATIONS
Most floors have some sort of color variation in their wood tone. Color variations can work as a great camouflage for scratches and dents. Go for flooring with greater color variations for optimal damage coverage. Lighter floors will work well to hide shedding fur.
Some floors will be more reflective than others. A floor with a matte finish does not reflect a lot of light. Because of this, imperfections are harder to see and the floor will stay cleaner looking for a longer amount of time.
As apparent in its name, cherry features a reddish brown tone. The color can darken with age and exposure to light. It has a straight grain and a uniform, smooth texture. It’s durability and dimensionally stable properties make it ideal for Arizona’s hot, dry climate.
5. OIL AND WAXED FLOORS
Oil and waxed floors are also great for showing a minimal amount of damage. Oil penetrates into the wood to become part of the floor. This allows dust, dirt and scratches to be easily concealed. It also gives floors a more natural feel and gives your pets more traction.
Oiled floors are also easier to repair than other floors. Many repairs can be done with a cloth and floor oil.
If you are a pet owner, and have always dreamed of a hardwood floor, you can make your dream a reality. Just go with a floor that is made of a material that rates high on the Janka scale and hides damage well. Good luck finding flooring that will work well for you and your pet!