As much as we love our pets, they can be tough on the floors of our home. From their sharp claws to their little accidents, sometimes our floors are just not pet friendly. But when you don’t want to sacrifice style and resale value to your furry friend, maybe there is a middle ground between your pets and flooring.
Hardwood flooring doesn’t always have to be natural hardwood. In recent years, flooring like laminate and tile have been made to look like hardwood floors. These flooring alternatives have many different benefits to them. Wood-look tiles come in both porcelain and ceramic tile that are both shaped like planks of wooden floors. Tiles are easy to clean, water, and stain resistant. Another fake wood option would be laminate. Laminate flooring looks like wood but doesn’t have the maintenance wood requires. It is scratch resistant, can’t be infiltrated by liquids, and is known for its durability.
The Real Woods
If you are looking for that real wood feel, there are some options for you and your furry friend. Brazilian Walnut is known for its hardness. This dense wood is often used for exterior decking because of its denseness and strength. Another option for your home’s flooring is hard maple. This flooring is often used for basketball flooring and can stand up to pet traffic well. This wood is often referred to as sugar or rock maple. Another wooden option is strand-woven or fossilized bamboo. Although bamboo is a grass, it is classified as wood and is extremely durable. The manufacturer impregnates the grass with hard resins that make it extremely hard.
Stay away from soft woods like pine or fir as these woods will not stand up to pet nails. Although engineered hardwood looks nice, it is actually hardwood with laminate at the center. Because the center isn’t wood, you will not be able to sand your scratched floors more than once before the laminate floors start to show. While there are not your only options for flooring, when it comes to the hardwood flooring look, these options would be best to standing up to our furry friends!
John K Eareckson & Co.
At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you’re in the market for new hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today! If you have any questions about New Hardwood Floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!