Best Hardwood Flooring Finishes for Pets

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Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its durability and natural beauty. For families with pets, however, opting for this stunning flooring can be challenging due to concerns about damage. The secret is in finding the right finish for your floors. District Floor Depot offers a wide selection of pet-friendly floors for homeowners and can help you pick the best finish option for your space.

Distressed Finish

Hardwood floors with a distressed finish feature a rustic look with “damage” seemingly built into them. Potential damage like dents and scratches from your pets will blend naturally into the floor’s finish. Hardwood floors get this distressed look from wire brushing, hand scraping or stain removal.

Pre-Finished Hardwood

Factories complete the finishing process for this hardwood option before installation. Pre-finished hardwood flooring typically comes sanded, stained, sealed with multiple layers of coating and cured under UV lights. These boards also often feature a UV urethane finish with an aluminum oxide additive that yields a highly scratch-resistant surface. As a result, this material is stronger than most other options, making it one of the best wood flooring options for pets.

Matte or Satin Finish

Polyurethane finishes like matte or satin are ideal for minimizing the look of damage. You can hide dents and scratch marks with these finishes more easily compared to glossy finishes. Check out flooring options with oil-based finishes for an extra layer of durability.

Light-Colored Stain

Choosing a light wood and stain color is a great option if you’re looking for a cat- or dog-proof hardwood floor finish. This material will help make scratches from pet nails and other marks less visible than darker woods and stains. You can select from various light-colored stain options to complement your existing space.


Hardwood varnishing coats the wooden planks with lacquer or varnish to protect the material from damage. It’s also one way of waterproofing the floor, which could be advantageous for homes with pets.

Choose District Floor Depot for Your Flooring Needs

District Floor Depot offers a wide range of products and services to meet the flooring needs of homeowners. If you’re looking for the best hardwood floor for dogs and cats, consider choosing from our variety of high-quality finishes that promote scratch and damage resistance. You can also schedule refinishing services for regular maintenance. Contact us today for a consultation or to schedule a showroom visit.

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