Wood-look tile is a recent invention that's becoming an increasingly attractive choice for homeowners who want the appearance of hardwood flooring without the maintenance requirements. These tiles can be made from either ceramic or porcelain, and they have wood-grain images printed directly onto them during the manufacturing process. The result is a floor that looks nearly identical to a hardwood floor while offering the durability of porcelain.
Dog owners often have trouble keeping their hardwood flooring in good condition since dogs can easily damage hardwood. Tile, on the other hand, can stand up to it. If you're a dog owner, read on to learn three reasons why wood-look tile may be a much better option when you want the look of hardwood flooring in your home.
1. Tile Won't Be Scratched By Claws
When you own dogs, the main benefit of having wood-look tile installed instead of hardwood flooring is that it's not susceptible to scratches.
Dogs (especially large breeds) can carve deep gouges into hardwood flooring, and it's often not possible to buff them out by hand or cover them up using a hardwood scratch filler. They're simply too deep in the wood. Deep scratches are also highly visible.
Wood-look tile, whether it's made from ceramic or porcelain, won't be damaged by your dogs. The main risk with tile is chipping or cracking that occurs when heavy objects are dropped on it. Your dogs are very unlikely to cause this to happen, and the risk of it happening at all is minimized when the tile flooring is installed correctly — the force is spread out over the subfloor underneath of the tile.
2. Water Won't Damage Tile
The other major downside of hardwood flooring is that it's vulnerable to water damage. Periodically refinishing your hardwood flooring will restore its water resistance, but even the finish isn't able to withstand water left on the floor for long periods of time — it eventually seeps into the wood and causes discoloration.
Hardwood's poor ability to stand up to water damage is a problem when you own dogs. Your dog may jump out of the tub while you're bathing them and run across the house, they may have an accident on the floor, or they may come soaking wet after being walked in the rain. If you don't mop up water stains immediately, your hardwood flooring is likely to develop discolored patches from where water seeped into it and changed the color of the wood.
You don't have to worry about this issue with wood-look tile, which is very resistant to water. Any small spots of standing water can be left on the floor until you're ready to mop them up. Unlike with hardwood flooring, there's no need to rush.
3. Refinishing a Hardwood Floor Is Often a Time-Consuming Annoyance
Finally, it's clear that dogs are capable of causing serious damage to hardwood flooring. Homeowners have a way to reverse this damage by refinishing their floors, which removes the top layer of wood along with the scratches and water stains in it.
Unfortunately, the process of refinishing a hardwood floor is often a headache for a homeowner. You need to move every item of furniture out of the room being refinished, and you also won't be able to use the room for a few days — you need to wait for the stain to dry and for multiple layers of finish to cure.
Refinishing a hardwood floor is often more annoying when you own dogs since you'll have to prevent them from getting inside the room while it's being refinished. Depending on the room being refinished and the way your home is laid out, this may not always be possible. You'll have to arrange an alternative place for your dogs to stay while the work is being done.
With wood-look tile, you don't have to go through the refinishing process because your dogs don't cause any excess wear on your floor. Maintaining wood-look tile is as easy as mopping it with soap whenever it gets dirty.
Overall, wood-look tile provides a number of benefits that make it a superior choice for dog owners. While it may not be real hardwood, it stands up better to claws and whatever sources of water your dogs subject it to. If you're looking for a more resilient option that looks just like hardwood, it's best to choose wood-look tile.
Contact a company like House Of Floors for more information.