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Durable Hardwood Flooring for Pets

By Kirsten Kapsin, (232 words) Posted in Friendly Flooring on January 13, 2009
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Hardwood flooring can be one of the largest and most expensive home improvement projects you can undertake. Before you set your heart on a particular hardwood floor type, make sure you consider your lifestyle needs. Choosing hardwood flooring that can withstand your pets' wear and tear is essential in prolonging the lifetime of your floors' surface.

The hardwood floors that are best suited to your pet depends upon a few factors, including the size of your pet and your pets' habits. Large dogs (e.g. Labrador; Rottweiler) that like to run and jump indoors may require a denser hardwood floor type. Hardwood floors that rank higher up on the Janka Hardness Chart can usually withstand heavier wear with less damage than softer hardwood types (e.g. Chestnut; Leopardwood).

In addition to choosing a harder hardwood floor type, minimize floor damage by placing area rugs and mats in high traffic areas. Keeping pets' nails trimmed and sweeping on a regular basis can also help prevent surface scratches and dings. Note that even hardwood floors that rank high on the Janka Hardness Chart are still susceptible to damage as a result of standing water. It's important that you lay down mats under your pets' food bowls and in other water-susceptible areas.

Have more suggestions in regard to pet friendly flooring? Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this blog.


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Monnie posted on: February 9, 2009

You are on the right track with the Janka Hardness Chart. However, most of the time it is the finish that is attacked and scratched by our dogs. Here at Morgan & Teach Plank company we prefinish our wide plank floors and impregnate all four sides for a deep down protection. Now when your dogs are running on the wood they are on the wood and not the plastic coating on top.(now look at the Janka Chart) Ipe' is tough to scratch but not the poly finsh on top.
Depending on the wood you choose will give you your hardness rating and resistance to scratches. This finish has no VOC's and is food safe, and the kind of deep down luster that gives a great patina. This makes it safe both for kids and pets.
On top of all this it's easy to maintain and never needs sanding and refinishing. All that needs to be done is reapplication of the finish every three to five years depending on traffic. Businesses love it, easily maintained by janitrorial staff and no sanding or harmful fumes.

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Sounds like a great product. I'll definitely check out your site.


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I find using hardwood flooring too expensive to buy and maintain. That's why I advise my clients to reconsider whenever they choose hardwood in building their home.

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