Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

dogs and hardwood floorsMany times homeowners are weary of installing hardwood floors because they think that their pets will just ruin them. We don’t want to say that this is not a valid concern because claws can be detrimental to wood floors, however there are options where this is not a factor.

One way to avoid pet problems is by keeping their nails trimmed. If they are not long and sharp, then they are less likely to scratch your floors. Also, you can add floor runners and rugs and encourage your dog to stay in those areas. Of course it isn’t always easy to keep nails perfectly trimmed and it would be very time consuming to train a dog to stay on the carpeted areas. So, what is the alternative?

The best thing you can do is choose a hard wood that is strong enough to withstand the claws, like a hard Maple. This is the situation in which you really want to pay attention to the Janka rating, which determines the hardness of wood flooring. The higher the number, the harder the wood. For example, a hard maple has a Janka rating of 1,450.

If you are interested in hardwood floors, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will work with you to ensure you get the right wood floors for your home and your lifestyle.

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