Hi Folks. Much to my supris I have a dog who tore through my bedroom
carpet near the door. I am looking to replace the carpet with hardwood.
I am looking for a recommendation on whether to go natural or to
purchase the pre-stained and ready to go kind. Any thoughts on which is
beter? Who's a good resource in BridgePort, CT? Thanks for your help.
Flooring that has a finish applied at the factory. Like virtually all
products, with a controlled production line process and environment, a
tougher, more durable, and more uniform finish can be applied.
Agreed 100%. The ability to control the process in the factory gives a much
more durable, consistant finish. Beyond that, if you go pre-finished, you
don't have to deal with the VOC issues you face when a floor is finished in
place. With 2-3 coats of poly, you're looking at 3, 4, maybe even 5 days of
strong solvent fumes. Strong enough to make your eyes water...
What he said.
I refinished my own hardwood oak floors. It's nice dinner party
conversation to cross off my life's experience list, but I won't be
doing it again. It's quite a pain in the ass, and days of solvent
fumes, and the sanding, and all that happy horseshit... nah, not for
Question for those with pre-stained experience though-- do they sell
this stuff as solid planks? What's the cost delta typically? I
haven't bothered hunting at the big boxes, but I'm curious because I
want to go this route when it's time to replace the carpet in a
Agreed, especially since you have a dog big enough to dig holes in the
house. A hard factory finish will hold up MUCH better for you. A trip to
groomer to get dog a pedicure would also be useful. Outside dogs grind them
down naturally, inside dogs need help sometimes....
I'd prefer to go with a natural flooring, such as
IMO, there is nothing better.
In my house, the lower level is on a concrete slab making regular wood a bad
choice, so I used www.mannington.com engineered wood. Nice, but not as
nice as a good solid floor.
You live in Bridgeport but don't know how to spell it or is there some
historical significance to the capital P?
Caution: Even with a factory applied finish, dogs can scratch through the
finish and expose the raw wood. If you have light wood with a dark stain,
the light wood will show through. If you use a dark wood with a natural
clear finish, it will show less. Ipe is one of the hardest woods available
in flooring and also has natural coloring, you may want to consider it.
Whatever you do, get a 36" x 12" brass plate to use as a sort
of inlaid doorstep. That way if you are ever surprised by
a badger or something, it can try to dig under the door all day,
and not damage anything. Although, if you check carefully
every couple of days, you can generally figure out what pets
and livestock you have, and so you won't be surprised, and end
up locking them into rooms they don't want to be in.
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