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This is the Nicest Place We Have Lived in

I had never been in any kind of apartment before, so my only exposure to them was what I would see on TV shows or movies. When my wife suggested that we we look at the Regency at Outlook Canyon apartments when we decided to find a nicer place to live, I honestly had no idea what to think about her idea. On the one hand, it would give us more flexibility than what we would have if we purchased a home. However, I had a preconceived notion of what an apartment complex is like too.

When I told her my fears, she laughed and told me that I watch too much television. She has a point, one of which was made much clearer when she showed me the website for the apartment complex. I was really surprised at just how nice these apartments were! They were actually like homes all clumped together, and sharing a lot of excellent amenities as well. Continue reading

Wood Flooring for Pet Owners

Wood flooring and pets are not mutually exclusive.

Pets, particularly dogs, are notorious for scratching up wood flooring. They can slip on wood flooring too, especially when they get older.

However, most scratches and slips can (and should) be prevented with frequent nail clippings. Homeowners who really love their fur babies, but will love their new wood floors almost as much, will find that certain woods and stains are more pet-friendly than others.

First, consider tile floors over wood if you’re open to that. Tile is durable, strong and scratch-proof. The best wood flooring for pet owners is the most durable with more rustic finishes or lighter stains (naturally, scratching a dark floor to reveal the lighter color below is going to be more noticeable).

How Distressing!

Fortunately for pet owners, the look of distressed natural floors is gorgeous and here to stay. By far the most pet-friendly option, any scratches and nicks (from pets or otherwise) will blend right in.

Choose hard wood like oak that’s naturally scratch-resistant in a lighter stain with a touch of distress, and you’ll easily camouflage scratches. Oak comes in a variety of grain patterns and natural colors, and it’s wildly abundant in North America, making it a high-quality yet affordable option.

Maple, hickory, poplar and some types of cherry are also harder woods that make for gorgeous flooring.

Another consideration is genuine hardwood vs. engineered. Engineered hardwood is made up of thinner layers of wood glued together. It’s more affordable, but it can’t stand up to as much re-sanding as full hardwood.

Keep in mind that restoring engineered hardwood isn’t always an option if it suffers severe damage, but full hardwood can often be re-sanded, salvaged and repaired with more ease.

Wet ‘n’ Wild: Keep Wood Flooring Safe

Scratches are just one problem hardwood floor owners face. Pets can have a tendency to tinkle, even when potty trained, and that can cause serious problems for floors. It’s important to wipe up any messes immediately, otherwise you risk warped and stained floors.

If possible, keep pets out of wood-floored rooms when you’re not home. It’s much easier to clean carpet than floors, and sectioning off “pet rooms” for when owners are away, or kenneling, can help save your floors.

Your floors will get scratched at some point, whether you have pets or not, and the first time it happens can be heartbreaking. However, some great products are available to effectively hide scratches, like Parker & Bailey Wood Scratch repair pens or Glow Scratch Aide. Most pet-related scratches are shallow and don’t really damage the wood, so a simple cover-up is all that’s needed.