Consider Pets When Installing Wooden Floors
Some homeowners may be considering having wooden floors installed in their home, but then take one look at their pet and believe that it may not be such a good idea, imagining having to pay out for constant wood floor repairs due to damage caused by their beloved cat or dog. The good news is that that worry is largely unfounded, as hardwood floors actually suit pets very well due to the fact that they do not harbour pet hair, allergens or other nasties such as fleas, mites and ticks. Pets tend to actually even prefer to lie on a hardwood floor rather than a carpet, for the simple reason that wood is a natural insulator.
It should be noted that when you have a pet, the best kind of hardwood floor finish is an oil-based urethane finish. The initial coats of this finish should be applied as many as three times, using coats with a satin sheen – after which it needs to be kept well maintained. This is the simplest kind of finish to keep maintained and will also provide the best form of protection for your hardwood floor.
It is important to make sure that your pet’s nails are kept regularly trimmed, as long, sharp nails can do damage to a wooden floor similar to that caused by the exposed nail on a high heeled shoe. It is easy enough to prevent this just by clipping your pet’s nails regularly.