Wooden flooring has been highly coveted ever since it was first introduced. Everyone wants to give their floors that sleek yet warm look. It adds a great degree of sophistication, together with a homey feeling. The only problem – what do you do when you also want to have a pet in the house, or you need to push around some heavy furniture? Those kinds of situations can be nightmarish, for almost every home owner with wooden floors. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to make things better for yourself.
1. Alternatives for wooden flooring:
If you must have a wood floor but refuse to give up your dog, you need to use an easy alternative. Wood alternatives look just like wood but they’re not actually wood. In that matter you get two choices:
These tiles come in the form of planks and look very similar to wood. Made from ceramics, they are very realistic and give that warm, natural look to your floor while offering very good scratch and wear resistance.
Laminate flooring is not as durable as the kind of tile mentioned above but it does have some some excellent qualities. It is very resistant to scratches and is easy to install, though frequently moved heavy furniture may give problems.
2. Brazilian Walnut or Ipe
Brazilian Walnut, or Ipe flooring, is a great alternative to treated woods – it is very dense and hard, and offers very good dent resistance.
3. Hard Maple
It is tough not to at least consider Hard Maple as a flooring material when you’re looking at using wood. It has been used for basketball courts for a century, giving you peace of mind about any pet-induced scratches. Hard maple is also called rock or sugar maple.
4. Bamboo – Strand-Woven and Fossilized
Bamboo grass is hardened through a process that incorporates hard resins into the grass. Though Bamboo is technically a grass, the flooring industry classifies it as a wood. When it comes to long wearing and scratch resistance, bamboo flooring is a clear front runner with a beautiful natural appeal.
It’s great to know that there are numerous options when it comes to scratch and dent-resistant flooring. The folks at Century Tile are more than willing to help you out with your choices!
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