Pergo over particle board subfloor
The floor was refinished after 8 years, who ever told you that you will refinish every year? If you keep the dogs nails trimmed, you will minimize the problems. Keep water bowls off the hardwood.
Check into White oak flooring, it is a darker brown with no red to it, and is denser than Red oak. Another thing would be to install quatersawn Red oak, you will not have the wide grain, which the dogs nails will dig into. It will cost more too!
Check to see if hardwood floor installers in your area use swedish finish (bacca/glitsa or senteko). There are also oil finishes that you can use that do not have to be waxed and can easily be touched up.
My advice is to go purchase a few pieces of "pergo" and a few pieces of real hardwood, which looks better to you? Put your hand on it which feels better? Find a "pergo" floor look at it in direct low andge sunlight...do the same with hardwood.
There is something else you need to consider...it is a floor, not a piano, Scratches add character/charm.
Federal style home(built in 1985).We have 4 sons,dogs,you name it.The kids used to sit on their "Bigwheel" and throw balls for the dog and hold onto her collar as she chased the ball.Or the time the oldest had his younger brthrs. on a plastic snow dish and was launching them down a VERY FORMAL main
staircase,laughing and giggling all the while.
They have spilled every drink and foodstuff known to man on our beautiful floors.My advice,is WAX.Hard plastic type finishes will not stand up to serious abuse.Wax on the other hand is such that it dosen't really scratch,but kinda just "rubs".
Oh yeah and the wife and I get our laughs when we wax twice a year and watch as the boys slip and slide.We enjoy the character marks and the very occasional maintenance.
I had it installed because it was supposed to be low maintenance and hassle free. Well, it's just the opposite. It is scratched, scuffed, has dents, and if you walk in with any moisture on your shoes it leaves marks. They say to damp mop which I do and it leaves water marks that look terrible. The whole back of my house is windows so everything shows. I wouldn't recommend it. I would go with real hardwood or tile. I don't have small children or big dogs on my floor, just normal foot traffic.Pergo did tell me that the floor shouldn't be scratching so we'll see if they stand behind their warranty.
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