By Gauthier Beaufils. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 08:21:51 AM.
Another item to consider is the length of your dog's nails. If your dog has his nails clipped regularly, he isn't going to be able to tear into the floor as much. Lots of aspects need to be considered with a dog's nails though. If your dog grows an excess amount of hair between the pads of his paws, he is going to be a little bit more slippery on the floor, and he is going to use his nails to compensate. Furthermore, a dog that is slipping regularly also has a different level of damage to worry about, and that is to the dog himself and to whatever he might plow into. Installing a hardwood floor means that you will have to pay attention to your dog's indoor activity and his paws a lot more. There are a couple of solutions for these types of situations. The main one is that a throw rug can be put down in active areas (like by the door). This will stop some of the damage. Mats and rugs in high traffic areas make a lot of sense, even if there isn't a dog in the household. Some dog owners also teach their dogs to stay off of the hardwood floors period. They have carpeted areas in the house for dogs and children to play on. If that isn't how your house is, well placed rugs can cure a lot of issues. A rug by the door is a good idea, and anywhere where the dog might be inclined to slobber as well.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring – Engineered hardwood flooring is a mix of multiple layers of wood veneers and a synthetic material that are laminated together to form each plank of flooring. This synthetic material serves as the bottom layer and is generally impervious to moisture. This resistance to moisture from below makes this an excellent choice for concrete subfloors and rooms that are below grade. All engineered flooring comes prefinished from the factory. The advantage to prefinished engineered wood flooring is that the factory is often able to coat the finish as many as 7 times or more. This creates an extremely durable surface that will stand up to a great deal of traffic. Still, the top layers of engineered flooring are made of natural wood and can be scratched or damaged by water. Engineered hardwood flooring tends to be much thinner than solid hardwood flooring and it is often glued to the subsurface though it can also be nailed or stapled. The thinner nature of engineered flooring reduces or eliminates the option of refinishing the floors when they wear over time.
How durable is the finish? Durability is probably the most important things to consider when purchasing a prefinished hardwood floor. The finish is what you are actually walking on and must be very durable to have a beautiful lasting floor for years to come. Many imported prefinished floors have very little durability and the finish can be taken off with a few swipes of 150 grit sandpaper. When buying hardwood there are a few ways to test the finish: one would be to take 150 grit sandpaper and rub the finish to see if the finish will come off and two would be to firmly press the edge of a coin against the finish, a quality finish will dent but not come off. Quality manufacturers will have aluminum oxide or better yet titanium oxide hardeners in the finish. Many offshore manufactured products will say they have aluminum oxide in them but actually do not. To test if a hardwood floor has aluminum oxide in the finish simply put the sample in your microwave and if it sparks, it does indeed have aluminum oxide in the finish. I know that may seem a little strange but it's something worth checking because hardwood flooring is a big investment and you want to know the durability of the finish.
Natural Grain – Its unique loose, whirling grain pattern is another distinctive feature of Asia walnut hardwood. Depending on your preference, this can tempt you to use this type of hardwood for your flooring, or cause you to seek out other alternatives. Once you have committed to installing Asian walnut hardwood floors and have selected the type of stains and finish you want, the next step involves selecting the supplier of your flooring boards. Basically, you can purchase hardwood flooring from local dealers, branches of a commercial chain of home improvement establishments, liquidators, and hardwood flooring wholesalers.
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