We love our pets here in Greensboro, but they aren’t exactly known for being the best to our floors. Many homeowners want to invest in the luxury of hardwood flooring but are worried about their pets wreaking havoc on it. However, there are some types of hardwood that hold up well for homes with pets. At Floor Coverings International Triad Our experts have determined the three best hardwoods for you and your pet.
Two major varieties of hickory, “true hickory” and “fruit-bearing pecan hickory”, have wood with similar grain and are sold interchangeably. With a Janka hardness rating of 1820, hickory is the hardest domestic hardwood available on the commercial market. The compact ring structure of hickory gives it strength, durability, and incredible density. This hardiness makes it incredibly resistant to water and scratching—essential for homes with active pets.
Oak is the most popular hardwood flooring option in the United States. The hardwood is available in two varieties: red oak and white oak. Red oak has a Janka rating of 1,290 while white oak is a bit higher at 1,360. Oak is sturdy enough to prevent unsightly warping and scratching while also being just soft enough to be comfortable underfoot. Both varieties have a neutral look, which allows it to fit into virtually any décor. It will hold up well in busy homes with pets, but be sure to clean up messes immediately to prevent staining.
An increasingly popular flooring choice is bamboo, which has the look and functionality of hardwood but is actually a renewable grass. Bamboo’s has many benefits: it’s eco-friendly, stylish, and can withstand heavy foot traffic. It’s a fantastic choice for homeowners in Greensboro with pets as it is very resistant to water and stains—a must for our accident-prone, furry friends. In addition to being hypoallergenic, bamboo has a Janka rating of 1,380, so it will hold up well to potential scratches from your cat or dog.
General Care Tips for Hardwood & Pets
- Keep your pet’s nails consistently trimmed as they can easily scratch your hardwood floor is left unkempt.
- Have doormats placed in every hardwood entryway to watch the dirt your pet’s paws may bring onto your floor.
- Dry off your pet after being in the rain to avoid water damage to your hardwood.
- Have a bed or blanket for your pet to lie down on to prevent unnecessary scuffmarks.
- Avoid playing excessively with your pet (especially dogs) on your hardwood. Keep larger chew toys, bones, and games of fetch outside to mitigate accidents, spills, and denting.
For More Information
Are you interested in installing pet-friendly hardwood in your Greensboro home? Our friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Triad are here to help. Call today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.