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Old 01-30-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Is there such a thing as a dog proof wood floors?


We're renovating a good size house for the area with the intention of selling it after we build one so we live here with two dogs. One small dog and one not so small. The carpets that are here are disgusting and originally the plan was to wait to replace them with wood until we were out. Looks like its going to take longer to finish our home so we would really like to enjoy the clean wood floor instead of always wearing shoes. They have to be strong enough to stand up to their nails. Has anyone found a maybe predistressed WOOD floor that they found to be very strong against scratches??

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I'd go with bamboo. You can get just about any look you are going for, it's renewable, and extremely (extremely) resistant to scratching and wear.

Any hardwood floor you stain and finish in place will have a scratch-able finish (poly, etc). I love hardwoods, but considering your situation I'd steer clear. The bamboo will also be slip-resistant, so it's easier on both you and the eager pets.

Check this out:
http://learn.builddirect.com/floorin.../animals/pets/

If you're set on hardwood, do a search for the "Janka Wood Floor Hardness Scale," but again, it's the applied finish that will likely scratch first.

Good luck!!!

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I've found that large dogs and wood floors just do not like each other. Be prepared to get them refinished every 5-8 years if you want them to look almost like new.

I also thought bamboo was softer than oak, maybe not? Either way you do not gain much with one over the other. If the scratching doesn't do it, water plashing or drooling from the water dish will ruin wood floors. Wood floors like sock-footed people that are neetnics.

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Keep their nails trimmed also.
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Keep their nails trimmed also.
Great idea, but that doesn't work cuz it's not possible to do that often enough. I think doggy-socks is a better idea.

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Bamboo is one flooring that I've recieved the most complants about from denting to scratches.
I have up to 5 dogs (I foster dogs from the ASAPA) and have engineered hardwood white oak floors and after 2 years they still look brand new.
As mentioned, trim there nails no scratching.
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Bamboo is harder than most domestic hardwoods and strand bamboo even harder.




I think it is beautiful and get no complaints if it is quality stuff. The bamboo sold in box stores and through the liquidator place is awful. I usually have it purchased through this company but there are others.

http://www.duro-design.com/index.cfm...mboo-flooring/

Of course the success of any flooring is going to have a lot to do with the finish put on it.

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speaking from experience, i have 3 german shepherds.
its impossible to keep any wood floor from being scratched.
i just had mine finished (4 years since last had it done)

what i do now is every year i buy a new rug remnant (sp?) from home cheapo or lowes and i put that down in the high traffic areas to help keep the floor from getting to scratched up.
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Hmm my not so small dog is also a German shepherd. Maybe I'll just take out the carpet and walk on concrete for a while. It will be cleaner than this. Makes me wonder about the house we're building though. That will have hardwood almost everywhere. That's why I love old houses and not so much with new construction. All old houses here have scratched wood floors and it's charming in newer ones it looks awful.

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