You should never have to choose between your family “fur baby” and beautiful hardwood floors. We offer a variety of hardwood flooring that complement the hectic lifestyle of having a dog.
When looking for hardwood flooring that is a fit for an increased amount of wear and tear, it is important to factor in the following characteristics: hardness, glossiness, and color.
What You Need to Know About the Best Hardwood Floors for Dogs
A quick word:
- A hardwood floor’s degree of hardness is determined by the Janka Hardness Scale
- Choose floors with a lighter shade to better hide any light damage caused by your dog
- It is best not to apply a gloss finish to your floors because scratches will easily show
- Make sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed
If you are worried about scratches and stains, here are some of the best hardwood floors for dogs from hardest to softest:
Why Hickory Is Great for Homes with Dogs
Hickory, which has a Janka score of 1,820, is an ideal choice because of its strong graining and distinct variants in hues. This flooring option is great for pet owners because the floor boards already vary from one another, therefore any imperfections as a result of your dog’s nails won’t take away from its beautiful appearance.
Not a Fan of Hickory? Try Hard Maple Flooring
If you are looking for something that is more consistent in appearance than Hickory, we recommend maple wood flooring. Maple has a Janka rating of 1,450 or higher and provides beautiful and stable flooring for your home, giving you the perfect combination of envy-worthy floors and dependable strength.
Related Read: How to Protect Hardwood Floors from Dogs
Consider White Oak for Your Next Flooring Project
White Oak has a Janka Hardness Score of 1,360, meaning that the floor is in the middle — not too soft, but also not the hardest wood available on the market. White Oak is one of our top choices for homeowners with dogs because of its strong grain, or texture, which is ideal for pet owners.
Rustic-Inspired Wired Brush Distressed Floors
Wired brush distressed hardwood flooring looks similar to wood floors that have been reclaimed and updated, while still keeping its original appearance. This type of wood is an excellent option, because the inevitable scratches from your dog will not take away from the beauty of the wood. To maintain this look, we brush away the soft portion of the wood to expose the grain, enhancing the definition and character of each plank. By doing this, the wood is more durable since the harder portion of the planks become exposed.