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April 30th, 2009, 11:55 AM #1Pet and Home Question
Wifey and I just bought a new house and we're in the process of getting ready to move in...flooring is 1st on the list.
Does anyone have any experience with hardwood flooring or strand bamboo in very dry climates? Any cracking issues? Also how do they do with large dogs?
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April 30th, 2009, 12:35 PM #2Originally Posted by Joe Lilly
I can't really comment on the effects of an arid, desert climate on hardwood, but in the hot and smoggy San Gabriel Valley, it does well.
The dog issue, is another matter. We have two medium sized hounds plus four cats, and hardwood floors that I refinished about 10 years ago. The brood has done a nice job in scratching it up in some places, and while the cats generally use the boxes, the hairballs and the hounds' (not the greatest-trained pair in the dawg-world) occasional accident have resulted in some spots here and there through the house. But - there is no comparison in my mind with the total mess they had made of the carpet that used to cover the hardwood. In my mind, with hounds, cats, etc., it's hardwood, tile, and linoleum, nothing absorbent or that can be unraveled.
April 30th, 2009, 01:31 PM #3
Congrats on the new home! It's very exciting.
I also don't live in an arid climate, but rather the wet, soggy West Coast so I can't give you help there. But in my experience it's easier to clean up after dogs on hardwood than carpet. It's so much easier to see when hardwood's dirty and you can just sweep up after them. IMHO it's much less difficult than cleaning carpet.
We have half bamboo and half hardwood in our house. The bamboo is great in the bedrooms, but I find it tends to be softer than regular hardwood or wood-style laminate flooring. We don't have dogs right now, but I imagine big dogs with sharp claws may scratch it up a bit more than hardwood.
Hope that helps! Congrats again!Heather Boulding
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April 30th, 2009, 02:13 PM #4
April 30th, 2009, 03:00 PM #5
we've purchased from lumber liquidators and they were very helpful explaining all the differences between cork, bamboo, hardwood, hand-scraped, etc. The prices were incredible.
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April 30th, 2009, 03:26 PM #6
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I would think you would go with tile in the heavily used rooms. When I was house hunting in Vegas there were more tile floors than hardwood.... I hate carpeting, pets or no pets.Deborah Carney
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April 30th, 2009, 06:23 PM #7
I don't have direct experience with hardwood, but from visiting my sister's house, the cats have scratched it a bit. We have wood laminate and it holds up well under our pooch's paws.
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