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Old 2015-02-21, 03:24 PM
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Hello all,

I know that dogs and hardwood do not mix, but I am wondering if anyone out there can provide their experience with certain brands to stay away from or to go with when looking for products. I am going to install it myself, so I am not really looking for installers but products and where they can be purchased.

My wife and I found some nice distressed looking hardwood from Alexanian Flooring, but i found it was a little pricey and am hoping i can find a decent place to find some cheaper locations and products that still provide the necessary durability for 2 dogs.

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As far as I know, there's not really many resilient hardwoods for dogs. I recommend hand scraped. But you're looking at paying a premium for this style.
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I have cats and Mirage engineered has held up very well ...unlike some of our furniture.
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Best hardwood we ever had was a mirage steamed birch, large dogs, slid furniture on it, lived there 3 years, only scratch was the moving company taking my bed apart and that was metal rails. Had maple was awful, had hickory was pretty good, oak now been in the house 4 months and there are scratches
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We have found birch hw to be too soft for pets.

What breed are the dogs and how much to they
Play in the house?
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a dark oak with a matte finish does a good job of hiding scrapes and dents.

You might consider a high quality laminate - 3 to 4 inches wide, micro bevels all around - very hard to tell it is not wood and that stuff is puppy proof. 10 to 12 mm thick and with a top quality underlay used in condos to reduce noise it will sound like a wood floor too
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Two smaller dogs weighing around 20lbs and kids.

Great suggestion on the laminate...
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a dark oak with a matte finish does a good job of hiding scrapes and dents.

You might consider a high quality laminate - 3 to 4 inches wide, micro bevels all around - very hard to tell it is not wood and that stuff is puppy proof. 10 to 12 mm thick and with a top quality underlay used in condos to reduce noise it will sound like a wood floor too
I agree with the laminate option.
It's not that cheap stuff we remember from 80s/90s.
I used the 12mm thick stuff at my last place, everyone believed it was hardwood, the quality is really good now a days.
Even for smaller dogs, it's just piece of mind, and it doesn't warp the same way hardwood can with the bad weather we've been having.

If I could have that instead of my current hardwood I would!
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I agree with the laminate option.
It's not that cheap stuff we remember from 80s/90s.
I used the 12mm thick stuff at my last place, everyone believed it was hardwood, the quality is really good now a days.
Even for smaller dogs, it's just piece of mind, and it doesn't warp the same way hardwood can with the bad weather we've been having.

If I could have that instead of my current hardwood I would!
I agree. I went to a few model homes that were really nice. I asked what type of flooring they had, and the sales person told me laminate. I couldn't believe it. It's come a long way for sure!
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Hi, I have to agree.....if you have dogs, any type of hardwood floor will scratch. My dog is 40lb.....been in this house just over two years (new construction) and the maple floors are already full of scratches. Had birch in the previous house....same thing. I heard that hickory is better but you'll be paying for it.

It just comes down to a personal choice......what look do you prefer and are you willing to live with scratches or not.
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