By Margaux Loisel. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 06:31:01 AM.
Of course you can get a hardwood floor if you have a dog. The questions that arise are rather simple though, and the main one is, ”How are you going to be able to maintain a decent looking hardwood floor with a dog in the house?” The bottom line for a hardwood floor situation with a dog is vigilance. But damage is coming to the hardwood floor whether it is from the dog or the human occupants. There are all sorts of issues and questions on this subject. This article zeroes in on some of the issues and solutions that you might have to deal with concerning your dog and your hardwood floor. There are several solutions and even more opinions. The first being the size and activity level of the dog. If you have a heavy dog, who likes to run around the house, the damage to the hardwood floors could be a regular thing. However, a smaller dog with a high activity level can bring a similar amount of damage to your floors too. A common misconception is that a smaller dog isn't going to be able to tear into the hardwood floor the way a bigger dog will. If the dog is active though, it will create its own ”scratchy damage” for the floor. It is also a good idea to not play roughhousing games with your dog indoors. If this has been something that you have done in the past then it is now officially time to shift that priority to outside! A dog is going to move through the house, and sometimes, that motion is going to be quick. A great example of this is when someone knocks on the door.
”Solid” hardwood flooring is traditionally cut from a log in an unfinished plank form with tongue and groove milled on all sides. Ranging from 5/16” to ¾” in thickness, ”solid” floors are typically available in various widths and lengths. Due to the sensitivity of natural ”solid” hardwood from humidity and moisture, natural solid wood floors are normally installed at or above ground level. The natural beauty of wood grains found in solid hardwoods is both appealing and alluring with finishes that may be completed upon installation in the home or factory finished with a pre-determined choice of unlimited finishes to select from. ”Solid” hardwood flooring is as one may expect the most expensive of all wood floor selections. It is not uncommon for ”solid” hardwood floors to exceed two to three times the cost over other floor selections and in most cases is out of reach of those on restricted budget guidelines. Available in a variety of North American wood species, ”solid” hardwood floors are noted for durability and overall beauty that will last a lifetime.
Engineered Hardwood Floors – Engineered hardwood floors are a laminate built from multiple ply layers with a thick hardwood veneer wear layer on top. The veneer layer is available in almost any exotic hardwood species with exotic color and grain patterns. Engineered hardwood floors are more resistant to moisture than natural wood flooring, which adds to their appeal because they can be installed in damp regions of the country and in basements with relatively high humidity levels. Some brands of engineered hardwood floors have a thin wear layer that can be recoated but you cannot sand the floor to stain it or completely refinish it. These less expensive brands have an expected average life span of 30-40 years depending on usage patterns. Other brands and styles have much thicker wear layers (5/32 inches) that can be sanded and refinished up to as many as 5 times with an average expected life span of from 60-80 years. Thicker wear layers are sawn from the log whereas thinner layers are scraped or sliced. High tech glue is the bonding agent.
Hardness Rating – All wood is subject to the Janka Hardness Rating scale to detect its strength. This hardness test measures the force required to embed a.444 inch steel ball to half its diameter into the wood. The Janka Rating is the industry standard for assessing the ability of various wood species to endure pressure and determine the energy needed to nail and/or saw the wood. Tests performed by the U.S. Forestry Lab indicate that most exotic woods are frequently more durable than other types of hardwoods. Brazilian Teak, for example, has a rating of 3,540, which makes it perfect to handle the abuse of large families with indoor pets. African Mahogany has a rating of 830, and is more likely to be damaged by heavy traffic and scuffed by your pet's nails.
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