Pet Owners: What Wood Flooring Should You Choose?

Most homeowners want to know what the hardwood flooring options are if they have pets – particularly for dogs with their muddy feet and scratchy claws!

Fortunately, if you have a pet and want a gorgeous hardwood floor for your home, the two aren’t mutually exclusive.  Engineered hardwood flooring is a great option, particularly when it has a strong finish applied. All pre-finished hardwood flooring comes with several layers of tough finish which helps create a protective layer that can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. An alternative option is to fit an unfinished floor, then apply quality lacquers or oils to give you a customised, wear-resistant finish, helping it withstand a daily onslaught of dog and cat claws.

Like most materials, some types of wood naturally stronger than others, making them more suitable for a pet friendly home. If you’re looking for the best hardwood flooring for your pets, always go for tougher species, such as Oak, Ash and Maple.

Before choosing your flooring, take a look at a few pros and cons of wooden flooring for pet owners:


  • Hardwood flooring is tougher against scratches than some other flooring types. You can opt for a lighter hardwood, which doesn’t make scratches so visible, or choose a distressed finish, which hides marks and blemishes with its ‘lived in’ appearance
  • If your hardwood floors do get scratched, they can be fixed! A simple sanding and refinishing will bring your floors back to their former beauty.
  • Wood floors are very easy to clean, unlike carpet, which is perfect if your pets moult!
  • Wooden floors are more hygienic than carpets, being much easier to clean and providing nowhere for fleas, ticks and mites to hide. This should also help allergy & asthma sufferers.
  • Wood floors are not as slippery as laminate, making it a safer option for your pets.


  • Pet urine will stain and leave odours if not cleaned, which can be unsightly and difficult to remove
  • Water damage can occur if moisture soaks into wood flooring; if you can keep your pets water bowls on a mat it will help eliminate this problem.
  • Wood floors can be loud if pets  race around, such as a hyperactive puppy, which can be minimised with the use of rugs.

Choosing a hard wearing finish for your floor when it comes to pets is important. Oiled and lacquered finishes have their pros and cons. Oiled flooring will probably need to be recoated more frequently compared to a pet free home, but is easy to re-coat and fix. Lacquered floors will potentially show more scratches, but will stand up to more wear and tear, lasting longer. Should it need to be re-coated, it’s a bigger job, as it needs to be completely stripped and re-finished.

Overall having pets shouldn’t shatter your dreams of having hardwood flooring, it might just mean an extra bit of organisation and care. The good thing about hardwood flooring is that it comes in a variety of choices and what you choose will ultimately depend on your lifestyle and preferences. We can recommend a finish tailored to your individual needs and whether you choose lacquered or oiled, pre-finished or bespoke, combined with the correct cleaning products, we can help you keep your floors looking great for longer.

For more information about our flooring services and options please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit our website today.