We both like wood floors, and over the years, I've read up on various types of wood. No matter who sells the wood, it seems no one will recommend their product when you've a large dog.
Apparently, dog toe nails leave scratches in the wood, and no one has been willing to recommend wood flooring which will hold up to dogs' toe nails.
Does anyone have any knowledge of wood flooring that will tolerate this? Or, are we stuck with tile, stone or carpet as long as we are dog lovers??
Commented on Apr 12, 2012
If you do really want hardwoods, perhaps a medium to light stain, and a pre-distressed
variety? Or consider finishing the wood after it's been laid, so extra coats of poly can be applied. We actually went with a commerical-grade laminate (still cheaper than hardwoods!) and so far so good! It is not impermeable to scratches (I dropped a slate coaster and made a little dent.. sadface) but the dogs and cat don't seem to leave any marks at all.