Q: Will my pets damage my tile and hardwood floors?
We are looking to replace our carpet with tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Prefinished Walnut floors from BR-111 are going throughout the rest of the house.
We have two dogs (golden retrievers) and two cats that are not declawed.
A: Pets Can Ruin Hardwood If Allowed
GP said it well. Pets can ruin floors if you don't regulate the type of activity that occurs on them. I shouldn't say ruin, as hardwood is durable but scratches and scuff are inevitable long term. You can always sand and refinish the floors to many them brilliant again.
You are getting Walnut which is great and tough. However, I might suggest getting an unfinished Walnut instead of pre-finished flooring if you have pets. Make sure you get solid flooring because it will allow for more refinishes to be done over the years. You pay heavily for the aluminum oxide finishes from BR-111. I sell it myself, and love it, but you seem to have a lot of traffic to ultimately damage the finishes.
As for tile. Much more durable. Won't scratch as easily. Just keep an eye on your pets and do your best to keep them from wrestling and running on the floors or tile and you should be fine. Keep the floors clean. If they have an accident on the floors clean it ASAP. DO NOT LET IT STAY ON THE FLOORING FOR LONG PERIODS.
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Yes, if you let them, or if you don't mind living on a damaged floor. There is no flooring made for pets, its all human stuff. There are plastic nail-foot covers that are available. Urine can devastate wood in many different ways depending on the type wood, its finish quality, and its core composition. Aggressive or active pets can scratch ceramic tile let alone wood. The old custom-finished oak strip, wood floors, that were acclimated and installed decades ago over angled sheeting, seem to have had the most esthetic value after a long period of time and such abuse. Screening or sanding, and refinishing the floor was always an option to rejuvenate to new looking when needed.
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