What Hardwood Flooring is Best for Dogs and Pets?

Puppies on a hardwood floor.

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “What hardwood flooring is best for dogs and pets?” As anyone with a furry friend can tell you, dogs and cats can do a lot of damage with their nails. Of course, if your pup isn’t potty trained yet, or if your adult dog is still prone to accidents, stains are another concern for pet owners who are considering hardwood floors.

Fortunately, hardwood floors are still a great option for homes with four-legged residents; you just need to know what to look for. To help you make the right decision, ReallyCheapFloors.com has put together a guide to buying pet-friendly hardwood flooring.

Engineered Hardwood Floors

If you have a dog or a cat, we suggest adding engineered hardwood floors to your home. Engineered wood floors are made with three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes engineered floors much more stable than solid floors. The sub-layers of engineered flooring can be of the same species or of different species, while the top layer is always high-quality wood.

The durability of engineered floors means that they can better withstand scratches from your pet’s nails. To make your floors even more scratch-resistant, we recommend having a tough finish applied to the hardwood.

Wood with a High Janka ScoreAn orange cat lying on a hardwood floor.

When you choose your engineered floors, you will want to pick a wood with a high Janka score. The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of various species of wood to denting and wear. Janka scores indicate the force required to embed a 0.444-inch steel ball into half its diameter in wood. White oak and hickory both have high Janka scores. To research a wood species that you’re considering, check out the Janka hardness test for hardwoods.

Wood with a Rustic Look

Another thing to consider when selecting the best hardwood flooring for dogs and pets is the style of the floor. If your furry pal is prone to scratching, you may want to choose engineered flooring with a rustic look. This can be a floor with a delustered finish that already has some texture or “stressing” on it. When you pick a floor with a rustic style, any scratch marks your pets make will blend in, because your hardwood already appears worn.

A happy couple sitting on their hardwood floor with their dog.Tips for Maintaining Your Floors

Even with an engineered floor that has a high Janka score and a rustic look, you will need to frequently clean your floors to keep them looking good. Dogs and cats can leave a trail of hair, dander, dirt, and debris behind them, so we suggest sweeping or vacuuming at least once a week. If your pet has an accident on the floor, try to clean it up immediately. To reduce the chance of spills, put a mat under your pet’s food and water bowls.

Purchasing Hardwood Floors

If you have any additional questions about what hardwood flooring is best for dogs and pets, don’t hesitate to call ReallyCheapFloors.com! Our friendly staff is always happy to suggest flooring for your home. We have a huge selection of discontinued, overstock, and seconds at competitive prices. Follow the link to browse our collection of hardwood floors!