Published at Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 - 19:50:28 PM. Hardwood Flooring. By Laurent Tissot.
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.
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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