By Davet Garnier. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 03:11:16 AM.
Engineered floors are very similar to ”solid” floors and in most cases are not easily distinguishable from natural hardwood when installed correctly. Engineered wood floors are comprised of multiple layers of plywood substrate with a top layer of actual hardwood. With varying degrees of thickness of the plywood substrate from two to ten ply (plywood layers); engineered floors are less expensive than natural hardwood surfaces while providing beauty and elegance to any interior room of the home.
To date, there are two basic types of hardwood flooring, solid wood and engineered wood. With many variations of engineered wood floors available, choosing the correct wood floor can be at best, confusing and frustrating. Whereas the terminology associated with ”hardwood”, often results in purchasing a floor that does not fit allotted budget guidelines or installation limitations to which the floor is intended, not all hardwood floors are in-fact; ”natural hardwood”. Purchasing and installation of a wood floor not designed for a specific purpose will often lead to replacement and loss of expenditures of funds previously applied.
Finishing – Most hardwood floors are sold with some form of factory finish. These consist of protective coats of polyurethane, aluminum oxide, or a combination of both, that are applied to protect the wood from wear and tear. The latest available factory finishes have been formulated to make hardwood flooring more scratch-resistant. In case you purchased unfinished flooring, it will still need to undergo finishing once the floors are installed. However, the quality of the finishing will not be as good as if it were finished in a factory.
The last thing that a dog owner needs to worry about is urine stains. As mentioned before, vigilance with spilled liquids becomes the number one priority with a hardwood floor. If a dog manages to ”sneak” a urine puddle past you, this can be extremely detrimental to the hardwood floor. The detriment is twofold. The first aspect of a dog's urine stain is that a long-term stain is going to smell. Wood is porous and will absorb the urine deeply into itself. The second is that the stain will be dark, sometimes black. If your hardwood is darker in color, then this won't be such a problem. But if your hardwood floor is light in color, there will be a dark stain on your floor. There are many different products available for this kind of issue. If the floor is really light, drops of hydrogen peroxide left overnight are great stain lifters. But this isn't a solution that should be applied to darker hardwood floors. In short, you'll have to pay even closer attention to your dog's comings and goings. Sometimes those rugs and mats that you have left around high traffic areas are housing liquid (possibly even urine), and it is good to be vigilant about checking them. The fact of the matter is that maintaining a hardwood floor with a dog is a lot of work. You will have to pay close attention to your dog's comings and goings as well as his nail length and whether or not he needs to be groomed. You will also need to stay vigilant with sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. The floor will definitely take some damage as a result of your dog, but it will also take damage as a result of you too. Hardwood floors can be maintained with a dog in the household, but there needs to be a deeper consideration of the potential damage a dog can bring.
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