Good Wood Flooring Choices for Homes with Pets and Small Children

Adorable Labrador Puppy Sitting on Wood Floor

Wood flooring sometimes gets flak for being hard to care for and easy to damage. But the reality is that there are many different types of attractive wood flooring that are extremely durable and easy to care for. If you have pets or small children, read on to learn more about some of your best flooring choices.

Durable Hardwood

Hardwood floors differ in their durability. A specialty wood store will carry a variety of wood species, so ask them which ones are known for being hard and resistant to scratches and dents. In general, avoid American walnut, American cherry, and pines, as these are usually pretty soft. Instead, opt for Brazilian walnut, Brazilian cherry, hickory, or oak. To hide the look of scratches and dents, opt for a lighter color floor, or a “stressed” wood floor with natural or stylized imperfections.


While bamboo is technically grass, not wood, it usually falls under the category of hardwood flooring. Bamboo is durable and stain resistant, making it great if you have pets and kids. Avoid caramelized bamboo in favor of strand bamboo flooring, which is harder.

Laminate Flooring

Though not real wood, laminate wood flooring is scratch and dent resistant, and can be made to look just like wood. A drawback of laminate, however, is very slippery, so pets and small children may have trouble keeping their footing if the floor is wet.

Engineered Wood Flooring

If you like knowing that your flooring contains authentic wood, engineered wood flooring may be perfect for you. Made of multiple layers of hardwood or soft plywood and topped with hardwood veneer, engineered wood is another great choice if you have small children and pets.

To choose form a great selection of wood flooring and laminate flooring, contact Southern Lumber of San Jose. We have sold specialty woods to the Bay Area since 1904. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or head to our website for more information.

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