Best Hardwood Floors for Kids and Pets

When you’re living in a house with messy kids and pets, a hardwood floor is the best flooring option to choose. Unlike carpet, hardwood floors are much more forgiving when it comes to spills and mess. Of course, you might be a bit concerned that your kids or pets may ruin your hardwood floors, so here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for the perfect hardwood floors for your home.

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Durability

For high traffic rooms like entryways, kitchen or hallways, the durability of your floors is crucial. Solid or engineered hardwood floors will have less scratching than other flooring options like laminate, and it much easier to clean than carpet. Scratches are more visible with shiny finishes, so opt for a matte or satin finish to better hide any damage or wear that might occur.

Moisture

Remember this: wood and water are not friends. Even if you have solid wood floors, the water can still go through layers and leave permanent stains. If you’re thinking about what flooring option to use for your bathrooms or laundry rooms, hardwood floor is not the best option. For these rooms, consider similar flooring options such as laminate or LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank).

Longevity

Hardwood floors can last decades, and though it can dent, hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times.

Resistant to scratches

Scratches are inevitable, but there are ways to hide them. One way is to choose a hardwood floor with grains, like oak and hickory. The grains and details will hide marks much easier. Another way to hide marks is by choosing a light colored hardwood floor, which is less likely to show any scratches. Lastly, avoid any softwoods. This includes pine, bamboo, American walnut or cherry. These woods are much more likely to show marks.

Maintenance

Picking up habits such as taking shoes off in the house, putting felt pads on the legs of furniture, laying down runners in high traffic areas, and investing in a good hardwood floor cleaner are all great ways to keep your floors looking new. By picking a durable wood floor and keeping up with these everyday habits, you will never have to worry about your floors.

Any more questions about which hardwood flooring option is right for your home? Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

 

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