The Absolute Best Hardwood Flooring for Dogs

 

 

best hardwood flooring for dogs

best hardwood flooring for dogs

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Finding the best hardwood floor option comes down to who is going to use the floor and how often. A dog is a member of your family who should be considered in the buying process as they can have a dramatic effect on the finish of your wood floor, especially if you choose the wrong one. Read on for our tips on what type of wood you should choose:

Do not buy a soft wood, buy a hard wood

Stay far away from any type of soft wood. This can include pine, birch or American walnut. Much better options are hard wood like Oak, ash and Brazilian cherry. These dense and strong wood species are excellent at absorbing shock, and will help to minimize the number of dents and scratches a dog can put in a wood floor.

 

A pronounced grain texture is the best friend of man’s best friend

A grain texture that is pronounced can help camouflage those smaller dents and scratches. The nail mark left behind by your dog, or even a cat, will tend to blend in more with these types of woods. Specific species to look at are White Oak and ash.

Buy a scraped or wire brushed floor

Floors that are wire brushed or scraped are intentionally finished with a natural looking surface that has had the soft wood removed. The wood that is left is full of dramatic knots and character adding marks. These marks can be added to by your dog, you could even think of your dog as your own personal interior decorator with this wood style!

Natural colours are best

A finish from light brown to dark brown, the natural colour of wood, are great at hiding pet hair on your floor when shedding season hits. In addition, floors that have an unnatural finish tend to show scratches easier when the natural colour underneath is exposed.

Getting the right floor for your house, and for your dog, comes down to going as natural as possible with a true hard wood.

Contact us at Michael’s Flooring to get a free in home estimate on your flooring!