Which Wood Floor Is Best for Dogs?
Image courtesy by odiesoil.com Are you a dog owner and you dont really know which wood floor is best for dogs? According to pfma.org.uk, more than 23% of homeowners in the UK own at least one dog today and if you are one of them, then this article aims to give you an insight about the best options and what to be aware of, when choosing a dog friendly wood floor. The fact is that we all love dogs (hopefully), but who wants to risk money, especially in tough financial times like the ones we are experiencing nowadays? As you already know, buying a wood floor is probably the biggest investment you can make after your home. For those who own pets and more specifically dogs, it is really important to know which type of wood floor is best to choose, in order to avoid any possible damages or scratches, once the floor is fitted. Although many people will argue that wood flooring is not suitable at all for dogs, we are here to tell you the opposite. Wood flooring really is the best option for both you and your four legged friend, as long as it is manufactured with a hard wearing layer. The first major thing that you need to know when choosing a dog-friendly floor is to avoid softwood such as pine trees, aspen or fir trees and invest in hardwood flooring instead (mahogany, oak, maple, cherry, etc.). The reason is that softwood is weaker than hardwood and it wont last as long as if you have hardwood floor. Generally, softwood can dent and get scratched quite easily; thus, hardwood type of material is a far better option for dog owners, as it is durable and has a more dense structure. image courtesy by fortikur.com Another important factor worth considering when choosing an ideal floor for your dog is the type finish. From what weve learned through our 20 years of experience in the wood flooring industry, you can either go for a laminate, engineered, or solid wood floor with a brushed and oiled finish because of the hard wearing layers. Also make sure that it can be refinished if it is necessary in the future.
- Solid wood floor might be the most expensive option but you can sand it if you need to.
- Laminate flooring has an extremely tough and durable surface which helps to prevent possible scratches caused from your dogs claws. Clearly you wont have to worry about scratches, dent and moisture.
- Engineered wood flooring with a brushed and oiled finish is also a good option as it will hide any scratches caused by claws.