Is hardwood flooring a good fit in a home with pets?

Pets’ claws can leave their mark on just about any surface, yet hardwood floors are a healthy choice for homes with pets. Keep in mind that the hardness of wood, which varies from species to species, affects how well it holds up to wear and tear. Keep your floor looking great by keeping pets’ nails trimmed, sweeping regularly to pick up dirt, grit and fur, and wiping up spills and accidents immediately.

Will my hardwood floor change color over time?

It’s perfectly natural for wood flooring to yellow, darken or lighten over time, depending on the species. Exposure to direct sunlight accelerates this process. It’s a good idea to move furniture and rugs occasionally to allow your floor to age evenly.

How many times can I refinish my hardwood floor?

A solid hardwood floor about 3/4” thick can be refinished about 10 times throughout its life. Engineered floors can undergo 1-3 refinishes, depending on the thickness of its wood layer. The average floor needs to be refinished about every 12 years.

Can I install hardwood flooring over radiant heat?

For radiant heat systems, a floating engineered floor is recommended. Check your manufacturer’s warranty for exact specifications and to confirm the floor is warranted over a radiant heated subfloor.

How do I choose a hardwood floor finish?

Satin or glossy finishes offer the most shine and will reflect the most light. Semi-gloss finishes tone down the light and reflection. Matte or flat finishes offer the least shine. As a rule of thumb, the less sheen, the less noticeable are small scratches and other wear that is normal with wood floors. All finishes offer the same surface protection, so it’s truly a matter of personal preference.