Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 02:44:53 AM. Hardwood Flooring. By Derrell Coste.
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.
What does the supplier recommend for acclimation? I know you must have heard someone say ”the flooring must sit in your home for two weeks prior to installation”. This is a very general statement and in most cases will do more harm than good for your hardwood floor. If you did this in a new home and it sat in the home while they were drywalling, painting, the wood would be so damp by the time you installed it that you would just be asking for trouble. The fact is a new home will have 1000 to 2000 gallons of water that will be oozing out of the home the first two years. If your flooring is sitting in the home before it is installed it will absorb all of that moisture. If you are having the flooring sit in your home you will want to make sure it is stored in normal living conditions to avoid it from drying out too much or picking up too much moisture. In some cases, a seasonal dwelling, you may want to have the hardwood flooring absorb the moisture before it is installed. If the home is always a high humidity environment then you want the wood to pick up moisture so it can be normal living conditions for that particular environment. You want to have a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home before the installation and monitor your humidity after to ensure your home is in the proper humidity range to avoid issues with your flooring.
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