By Bernadette Pelissier. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 - 11:16:29 AM.
Dog hair is another aspect to consider. If you have a particularly hairy dog, it is now (more than ever) time to stay on top of grooming your dog. Regular baths and the use of de-shedding brushes like a Mars comb are perfect for this. Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping regularly will keep the dog hair up. Dog hair can get in between the boards and snag on just about everything. Keeping your dog properly groomed regularly will help cut down on this. But the fact that you have to face is that a dog is completely covered with hair, whether long or short. That hair is going to get shed around the house regularly and it is going to be a lot more visible on a hardwood floor. Another issue to consider is the kind of hardwood flooring that you are installing. A lot of pre-fab tongue-and-groove-type flooring have gaps between the pieces. Not huge gaps, some are rather subtle, but there is a gap nonetheless. This gap is going to potentially get filled with doggie dirt and funk. Get hardwood with the smallest gaps possible between your boards. In your consideration of the hardwood that you are getting, you also want to make sure that it is a hardwood that can be refinished. That way you can have it buffed regularly.
What is the waste factor of the flooring? The waste factor of the flooring is an important issue as well. If 10-15% waste is what is suggested by the manufacturer than that means you will have to buy that much more to get enough to install your entire floor. The higher the recommended waste factor the lower quality the product. You may find when comparing products for price on may be more than the other but you must factor in the difference in waste to the price. A floor for $6 with 3% waste would cost you $6.18 which would be the same cost as a floor with 10% waste that is $5.62 and the product with 3% waste would definitely be a higher quality product. The bottom line is you shouldn't have to sort the waste out of the boxes; the manufacturers should be taking the waste out at the plant so you are only getting good quality pieces you can install in your floor.
Often referred to as wood laminate flooring, engineered wood floors are readily available in a variety of specifications, each designed to coincide with a particular room of the home. Considered to be stronger than natural wood flooring, engineered wood floors offer the homeowner the option of installation directly over concrete where natural wood flooring is not recommended. With the multiple layers of engineered hardwood pressed and glued together in opposite directions, under extreme pressures, the dimensional stability of engineered wood floors is a superior product for installation on un-even floors, transferring a dull and inefficient room into a room with charm and character.
Some owners (who apparently have an abundance of time on their hands) opt for dog booties when their dog is indoors. This sounds like one of the more tedious methods of dealing with dogs tearing into hardwood flooring. Another solution is dog nail covers. These are plastic caps that you can buy for your dog's nails that stay in place with an included adhesive. They can be purchased in a clear color or in other colors, and they stay in place for about 8 weeks. One of the issues that dog owners have cited with these is that sometimes the nail grows within the cap and the cap needs to be cut off. Dog nails aren't dead and nerve-free like human nails are. They have a vein of blood running through them, and if the nail gets too truncated, there could be pain for the dog.
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