Millions of Americans own dogs. These four legged family members are a joy, but they can also wreak havoc on your flooring. That’s why dog owners often opt for hardwood floors when building or remodeling a home.

Hardwood floors are a good choice for dog owners because they are durable and easy to maintain. Removing dog hair from your home is much simpler with hardwood floors since hair doesn’t get caught in fibers the way it does with carpet.

What Type of Hardwood Floors Should Dog Owners Look For?

Solid hardwood is a better investment for dog owners than engineered hardwood. Since solid hardwood is easier to refinish, you can get a better return on your investment if you need to remove scratches or pet stains from your hardwood floor.

Distressed and handscraped hardwoods are very popular in decor ranging from country charm to urban chic. Since scratches and dents are part of the design, your dog will do less damage to your distressed hardwood floor. Strong graining can additionally help hide scratches.

Dog owners often find that hardwood floors with less glossy finishes, such as satin or matte, show less wear than glossier finishes. The glossier your hardwood floor is, the more scratches will show due to light reflecting off of the finish. Lighter colors also tend to make scratches less apparent.

What Type of Wood Should Dog Owners Avoid?

Dog owners selecting hardwood floors will want to avoid softer woods such as cedar, pine, carbonized bamboo, American cherry, and American walnut. These woods are softer, making them less practical for dog owners because they are more prone to dents and scratches. Generally speaking, harder hardwoods tend to withstand your dog’s energy better than softer hardwoods.

Other Hardwood Floor Considerations for Dog Owners

If you are considering refinishing the hardwood flooring in your home, choose an oil based polyurethane for the process and add an extra coat while you’re at it. Oil based polyurethane lasts longer than water based, so it will help protect your hardwood floors from dog wear and tear much longer than a water based formula could.

Also keeping your dog’s nails trimmed can help minimize scratches and damage to your hardwood floors. If your dog’s water bowl is located on or near your hardwood flooring, place it on a mat to help protect your floor from spills and quickly dry any spills that occur.

Questions About Hardwood Floors and Your Dog?

Universal Hardwood’s West Los Angeles showroom features over 2,000 hardwood flooring samples, so you can get an up close and personal look at different flooring options. Our team of flooring experts is happy to answer any questions you have about selecting or maintaining hardwood floors as a dog owner. Stop by our showroom today!

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