03:38PM | 12/19/02
Member Since: 10/13/02
3 lifetime posts
See dogs run. See dogs run on hardwood floors. See dogs try to not slide into cabinets and burying their nails in wood flooring. Ugh. A new home owner's nightmare.

I am trying to understand if a few more coats of polyurethene on the hardwood floor would do the trick. A neighbor of mine suggested that the original builder probably just applied enough to get by...and that I would be happy with the results...and overall long term "health" of my wood flooring...if I applied a few more coats.

What say you, o'flooring experts???


11:15PM | 12/25/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Use Moisture cured urethane, see the other thread regarding dog scratches.


10:35AM | 12/26/02
You can also get vinyl nail covers for your dogs toenails...they work wonderful!!! I think Petsmart carries them also.


11:22AM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Adding more layers of polyurethane will not prevent the scratches from showing up in the finish. Whether or not they show up depends simply on the physical hardness of the nails versus the polyurethane: the nails are physically harder, so the polyurethane will generally lose that battle.

Adding a thicker coat can protect THE WOOD better, though. Then only truly deep scratches will make it through the polyurethane finish to damage (gouge) the wood.

As I recall, Aluminum Oxide is the floor finish of preference, now. It provides a stronger, longer lasting, more natural, thinner finish. But it requires more specialized application than polyurethane; it cannot be brushed or rolled on like polyurethane can. Thus, polyurethane remains the do-it-yourself finish of choice.

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