If you are an Austin homeowner who has pets, you’ve probably wondered if hardwood flooring is a feasible option for you. Floor Coverings International Austin has compiled a list of some of the best types of hardwood flooring for pet owners. These hardwoods will look great while holding up well against scratching and other pet-caused damages, allowing you to enjoy the timeless beauty of your wood flooring.
Hand-scraped hardwood is both beautiful and practical. This flooring, which can now be created by hand or machine, is meant to look like how flooring used to look when wood was scraped and chiseled manually. The resulting hardwood floor is meant to have dents, scratches, fake wormholes, and other markings. This makes it the perfect type of hardwood for a home with pets, as the “pre-damaged” floor will disguise any further damage inflicted by your animals.
Prefinished Wood Flooring
This type of wood flooring is excellent for homeowners with pets because prefinished wood undergoes the sanding and finishing process in a factory. Instead of being installed on-site and then being finished, the fact that this wood is completed elsewhere means that it can be subjected to a greater number of finishing coats, as well as a more intensive drying process. All of this results in a wood that has a harder, protected surface and is therefore more durable.
The Janka Scale is a tool that delineates wood species by their relative hardness. This is a handy way to estimate the durability of a wood floor. If you have cats or dogs, it’s a good idea to pick a wood that lands higher on the Janka Scale, such as Brazilian cherry or hickory, as it would be more likely to hold up better to the onslaught of animal claws.
Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood
When choosing between solid and engineered hardwood, be sure to go with solid. Engineered hardwood consists of a thin slab of wood placed over several layers of plywood. While this type of construction helps to make it resistant to water, it cannot be sanded down more than a few times. If you would like to be able to counteract the damage done to your floor by your animals, then solid hardwood will supply you with the ability to sand and re-finish your flooring many times over the years.
If you are a homeowner in Austin, Westlake, or the surrounding area who is ready to install hardwood flooring in your home, then give Floor Coverings International Austin a call. We would love to talk with you about your options during a free, in-home design consultation!
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