Pets & Hardwood...

Carpet World Fargo is often asked which types of wood flooring will fare the best with dogs or other pets. There are many suitable options available but there are a few rules of thumb that will help you select the best flooring for you.

First of all, it is important to mention that hardwood flooring has many advantages over other flooring options.?
Engineered hardwood is very durable but solid hardwood flooring is better for homes with pets. It is also completely natural. The wood is harvested from forests in a specific pattern and process that ensures its long-term sustainability. There is no better option for hygiene, air quality, and protection from allergens.?

Years ago, the options available for hardwood flooring were very limited. A homeowner could select one of a handful of colors that had little or no grain or texture. This traditional look is still popular today but now it only represents a small segment of the options available. There are many different types of hardwoods in a full range of colors ? some are naturally occurring while others are stained or whitewashed.

Dog lovers need to be concerned with three issues when choosing a hardwood floor: color, gloss, and species hardness. Carpet World Fargo recommends that you choose a hardwood species that is very hard so that it will resist scratches and dents. We also recommend a light color so that animal hair will not be easily visible. And, we recommend against using a glossy finish because it tends to shows the scratches more easily in reflected light.

A softer hardwood species would not hold up well in a house with pets. For dogs, we recommend buying a hard species of ?? hardwood. ?? hardwood works best with dogs and will last longer as it can be refinished many times in the future. Low gloss laminate flooring with an AC Rating of 3 can also work because laminates tend to be more scratch resistant. ?Our staff at Carpet World Fargo can assist you in this flooring depending on your current needs. The key to protecting your flooring from dog scratches is to trim their nails or cover them with vinyl claw covers. Remember, a typical nail trimmer cuts dogs? nails but leaves a sharp edge. If a dog owner also files the dog?s cut nails, the nail surface will not scratch as easily.?

Dog lovers also need to be concerned with avoiding moisture on the hardwood floors. It is very important to avoid the possibility of the dog urinating on the wood flooring, especially when no one is home to clean it up right away. And your pet?s food and drink should be placed on a waterproof surface to avoid any moisture reaching the wood floor. Even homes without a dog should have an absorbent rug by the entrances to avoid tracking rain, snow, or dirt into the house. Sometimes accidents do occur. Visible scratches can be easily remedied with a new coat of finish applied periodically. Damaged or stained sections of hardwood flooring can be repaired or replaced.?

Remember, Carpet World Fargo is available to answer your questions to help you keep your floors looking beautiful, regardless of their age. We also offer FREE in-home estimates and full installation service on any flooring we sell.

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