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Bathrooms over the last 100 years

Introduction

The idea of a room in a home dedicated to personal hygiene and grooming is, strictly speaking, a recent one. For the most part, houses built much before the turn of the century didn’t have bathrooms. So, in the span of about 100 years, the modern bathroom has evolved from a novelty into an almost-universal residential fixture. But there has always been a need for disposing of human waste, as well as a need for providing facilities for bathing and grooming. How those human needs evolved into the modern bathroom is a story about both technology and culture. 

 

  

1920’s

In the 20’s was the start of using color in bathrooms. Bathrooms not only became functional but they became fashionable. Kohler was the first company to introduce colored fixtures of toilets, sinks, and tubs. They came out with 6 colors: Horizon Blue, Old Ivory, Spring Green, Lavender, Autumn Brown, and West Point Gray. This was a major innovation since before then every fixture was white and no one ever thought to change that until now. In the 20’s a lot of the sinks were attached to the wall without a vanity or pedestal sinks.

 

Other features typical of 1920’s bathrooms include:

  • Vitreous china pedestal sinks or mounted sinks with thin chrome legs
  • Formica countertops and sparse counter space
  • Wood cabinet storage spaces
  • Chrome fixtures with rectangular shapes and rounded edges
  • Rectangular bathtubs with low or no showers
  • Big, boxy wood vanities
  • Vinyl-topped stools
  • Built-in accessory holders such as toothbrush holders, magazine racks, and soap racks

 

1950’s

In the 50’s thru the 60’s pink and mint green were the most popular colors in the bathroom and not just as accents or paint color but the entire bathroom including the tub, sinks and tiling. Pink, the color of optimism was a reflection of the postwar America. After Mamie Eisenhower wore a silk ballroom gown that had 2,000 rhinestones on it to the inaugural ball in 1953 it became a must for bathroom styles all over the country. Bathroom decorations stemmed from summertime garden colors. They would even put built-in planters in the windows on the inside to create the garden feel.

 

  • Vinyl flooring was popular in the 60’s but went out of fashion in the 80’s because of asbestos. Now it has become popular again because they are making it asbestos-free and due to its affordability, durability and easy maintenance.

 

 

1970’s

 

The color scheme only got more extravagant in the 70’s and carpet on the floors became very popular which nowadays is a big turn off and is only thought of as uncleanliness. Nothing was ordinary in the 1970’s bathroom. Shag carpet with rugs and toilet covers plus brightly patterned wallpaper and window coverings.  It was more like an invitation to a birthday party than a bathroom break. Tub enclosures also became a popular thing with decals of patterns on it of course.

 

  • Wood paneling was popular in the 70’s because it was inexpensive and easy to install and then went out of style because it was too common. It has become popular again but painting it white is more common in the 21st century.

 

Today

It’s all about a luxurious spa-like feel in bathrooms today. The white, clean and clutter-free look that was once seen in bathrooms before 1920’s is back but now it is popular to have state of the art technology and be a place to get away from the everyday stresses of the 21st century. Tubs aren’t as popular as they were in the 1990’s but they are still seen in them once in awhile if done right. Homeowners who don’t use tubs are opting out and saving the space for large walk-in showers that have double shower heads or a bench to keep their fast-paced life still peaceful and spa-like. 

 

  • In the 80’s glass block walls were very common in walk-in showers or used for windows to let natural light in but not be able to see into the bathroom from outside.
  • In the 90’s is when large master suites started to become popular in homes. They featured an en-suite and walk-in closets. This hasn’t gone anywhere since its popularity except master plus en suites are becoming more popular on the main floor away from the other bedrooms for more privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Scoop On White Kitchens

White kitchens have definitely stayed a trend for homeowners over the last 20 years and is continuing to rise for the next few years to come. All white kitchens tend to have a timeless quality and are almost able to camouflage their age. Since it is such a universal color, white is appropriate for any style of decor, whether it’s traditional Victorian, modern contemporary, retro and vintage, mid-century, or industrial. The versatility is another reason why white kitchens are so popular, it tends to be appealing to most people due to being both basic and bold, vivid and dramatic and not too flashy. They could also be considered a template for additional personalization if you choose, such as adding colored accents or material to make the space your own.

While white kitchens aren’t going anywhere, expect to see a rise in color, especially other neutrals like gray and blue. Warm wood tones are becoming a popular replacement for painted cabinets. The two-toned look started catching on in 2017, in which cabinet colors were mixed and matched in the kitchen. For example, the bottom cabinets might be a darker color, such as gray, and the upper cabinets then all in white. Having a color that is bolder for the kitchen island contrasts the rest of the kitchen and makes a statement. This is why white has many benefits because then you can play with color in unique ways. White is such a basic color, that you can go along way with design and it also makes the space feel light, airy and clean. White can also make your small space look bigger than what it really is.

In kitchen remodeling, cabinets receive the highest allocation. They take up a lot of real-estate and are costly to manufacture and install. White cabinets avoid the decision of having to select a wood finish that dates a home quicker than is needed. You can also rest easy knowing that your kitchen can easily be updated with accessories and appliances while keeping the cabinets longer.

 

Versatility

Whether your kitchen has an upscale or shabby chic vibe, white cabinets are workable. This adaptability can be appealing to potential home buyers. While they may not see eye to eye with you on your kitchen decor, they know they won’t have to completely gut the kitchen when they move in. White plays well with nearly every other shade, making it convenient to coordinate countertops, appliances and lights fixtures, and backsplashes.

Warmth

Even though white is the name of the game, one mustn’t forget that the kitchen is part of the house and therefore in its design, it must project warmth and preserve an inviting appearance. In order to prevent a cold and sterile feeling, it is recommended to select a number of elements that will disrupt the monotony of the cold white and that will provide splashes of color and warmth to the space. Herbs of an intense green color, placed in a decorative vase on a white work surface would do the trick wonderfully. Adding paintings with splashes of color will give your kitchen an inviting look without cluttering the countertops. Even adding colored appliances might warm up the white monotony of the space.

Natural Light

High electricity prices and environmental awareness contribute greatly to energy-saving LED lamps. This trend is welcomed but full of potential home-lighting catastrophes in the form of white fluorescent bulbs. In order to prevent an office atmosphere in your kitchen, choose lighting with a warm color, not fluorescent. Warm natural light completes and emphasizes white surfaces without creating a cold feeling. If you are able to, try to plan your kitchen ahead of time so that during the day, those sitting in your kitchen can enjoy natural light entering through large windows which are essential for the ventilation of an active kitchen, among other things.

Wood

In order to generate interest and break the uniform appearance of the space, you can incorporate segments of wood (butcher) into your work surface. The segment can be a part of the work surface that is integrated creatively such as in a zigzag formation or a portable element such as a large cutting board that can turn into a hosting platform in an instant. You can always integrate into the general kitchen design cabinets made of wood and create a complex design combining materials.

Color

A color’s character is often determined by the material on which it “lies”. When designing a white kitchen, it is important to remember that for different materials, different finishes influence the manner in which the white reacts to the material, and what amount of light will reflect from it. A glossy finish, with a reflective characteristic, gives depth to the white color that will also be affected, among other things, by the colors of the elements around the space that reflect off the white. On the contrary, a matte white finish, which absorbs the light, allows, relative to the glossy, for the white color to appear as a single unified piece.

 

 

How to add color to your white kitchen

  • Get furniture with color to add a pop to your white space
  • Add wood to your white space to help add contrast
  • Add a dark color to window treatments will add a pop to the white space and you can change them out when you want to update it.
  • Be Bold! Give your island a pop of color.
  • Put a splash of color in the backsplash to break up the white concept.
  • Add a dark flooring or dark countertops to a white kitchen
  • Get stone white countertops with excessive dark veining to add texture to your white space without taking away from the white concept.
  • Make your oven hood the centerpiece of your white kitchen by making it extraordinary. Think copper or a wood material.
  • Embrace black stainless steel appliances or even colored.
  • Paint the walls using color to make your white kitchen pop with warmth.

 

     

 

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Upgrade Your Home Without Breaking The Budget

The first sign that your home is becoming outdated is when you start to complain about the space when you are working and nothing fits. Whether it is your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom there comes a time when its time to upgrade. Here are the basics to start with when you decide its time for that remodeling project to begin.

 

  • Start with a checklist- Before beginning, get a checklist on hand for reference. This can be a great way to keep your project organized.
  • Plan and make a budget for your project(s)- Draw up a detailed sketch of the new space intended that includes exact placements & measurements. You can find a lot of information and inspiration from magazines, the internet, home improvement stores other remodeling companies in your area.
  • Gather materials- Now that you know what you want in your new space the next step is to gather the materials you would like.
  • Out with the old- Once, the preparation is finished, remove any items for demolition.
  • In with the new- Make sure that after the install of the new products that you inspect things and make sure it is what you want and nothing has been damaged.
  • Clean-up- Your contractor should clean up their mess when they are finished.
  • Decorate- Lastly the most creative part is decorating your new space.

 

Paint- Paint can do wonders when trying to update the look of your home. Not only can it freshen up the space but it can help with redesigning the space if you add new furniture. Remember a few things when repainting; primer, good quality paint and professional paint brushes. It really does make a big difference in how the paint looks and how long it lasts if you plan out the preparation process. Primer covers all the imperfections; quality paint and brushes will make it look professionally done. Don’t forget to tape off your edges and baseboards, it will make the process go smoother.

 

Change your cabinet hardware- This is a simple update that only involves a screwdriver and you can have a beautiful makeover without adding much cost. It doesn’t just have to be cabinets in the house but can also be dressers or other furniture pieces that you have had for awhile and look outdated. It will make a huge impact. Ther are a lot of different metals to choose from now like Stainless Steel, Nickel, Pewter, Chrome, Wrought Iron, Brushed Bronze, Matte Black, Antique Nickel, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Champagne Gold, and much much more decorative styles.

 

Update your kitchen- A full gut of an outdated kitchen will definitely add value to your house for resale but if you plan on living in it for awhile longer and just want to do something minimal then painting the cabinets or adding new doors can make the space look updated. You can also change out the counter and add a new backsplash to add more to your kitchen without spending a lot of money.

 

Install new lighting or plumbing fixtures- New faucets and light fixtures can modernize your house. Do you have an outdated chandelier that you wish was a little different or you like it but bulbs make it look outdated? Changing it can dramatically change the atmosphere. There are also a lot of different styles to choose from and just the right style can really add a bold statement to the space. Be sure to check out the industrial styles, old-world styles and new modern styles they have to offer.

 

Refresh your bathroom- Even just changing out the shower curtain or accent pieces like the towel or wall hangings can have nice space changing advantage. It will be a fresh new look and it won’t be too drastic of an expense. You can also take a little more into consideration if your willing to spend a little more and change out the vanity, mirror or reface the bathtub.

 

Redo your entryway- Add some greenery or landscaping to your front entrance will really make it more inviting. Consider also a new door or repainting the door to add a dramatic new look. If the light fixture is outdated that could be an easy fix to really brighten up the space. Even something as simple as new house numbers can change the look and feel of your curb appeal.

 

Improve your outdoor space- Adding a patio or deck can spruce up the space you already have. One idea is buying a firepit and chairs and creating another sitting area to make the space more inviting. Add some outdoor lights, potted plants and yard accents can really create a cute outdoor space and it may keep you outdoors more too.

 

Change your window coverings, throw pillows, and other accent pieces- Nowadays drapery is becoming outdated. Try to go with a sheer look or if you want to spend a little more investment in some high-quality shutters or roman shades. Changing out your accents and pillows will also update the space minimally.

 

Wallpaper an accent wall or inside a bookcase- Accent walls are becoming popular; you can go bold and try a new fun wallpaper or just paint it a different color. Built-ins are coming back in style but if you want to give it some pizzazz then think about adding something to the wall of it to make it pop like wallpaper, texture, or paint color that works well with the space.

 

Get rid of excess furniture and clutter- Decluttering your space can really make a transformation with little or no money. Take a hard look at your belongings and decide what you need, what you can part with or what you change out with to add more space to your space. Reorganize your things, create better storage and downsizing is the first thing to updating an outdated space.

 

 

    

 

Other upgrades you can do simply:

  • Add crown molding
  • Add new outlets & light switch panels
  • Upgrade appliances
  • Change out doorknobs, handles, and hinges
  • Update all your windows in the house
  • New toilets
  • Add a nest thermostat

 

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How To Teach Your Kids About Remodeling And Fixing Things Around The House

It’s every dad’s dream when they have their first child is to teach them something they are good at. Working with your hands is becoming a thing of the past in most households but it is very important for their future as independent adults and important for learning to work together as a family. First, in order to teach your children independence, let’s take a look at some things that might make your children become helpless adults. More and more adults are recognizing the signs of entitlement in their kids. We see kids who won’t lift a finger to help out, who think the world revolves around them, who rarely show gratitude or empathy and who demand more..more…more! Entitlement or laziness is sown over the years in a million little parenting decisions–all made in the name of love. Sometimes a few tweaks in parenting styles can make all the difference. Below are some of the most common entitlement-prone parenting styles, as well as a few proven fixes:  

 

    1. Keeping them happy at all costs- This might be you if: You’d rather let your kids dominate your phone during errands or pulling strings with teachers and coaches than face a tantrum. When we drop everything to help our kids avoid unhappiness or disappointment, we teach them that their happiness is top priority. Then when they get into this routine if they face life’s setbacks like not getting something they want they are unable to cope. Help your children early on to develop strategies for overcoming difficulties large and small. The fix: Kids are entitled to your love and undivided attention every day. Spend 10 minutes a day individually with each child, on their terms, doing whatever they want to do during that time. Commit to it on a daily basis and you can watch as entitled behaviors melt away. Your kids will stop trying to get your attention in negative ways (like tantrums and negotiating) when they know they’ll get it in positive ways.
    2. Being an enabler- This might be you if: your children expect you to clean up after their mess. The start of this is small because when they are newborns they can’t do anything and so you get in the habit of doing everything. As they get older parents are already in the habit of doing everything themselves so they have a hard time letting go because apart of them doesn’t want their kid to grow up or they just feel it will get done faster if they do it. As your child goes through each stage of life it is important to let them become a little more independent each time.  Little things like picking up after themselves, helping out with chores or participating in cooking, even making them eat things they don’t like because that is what everyone else is having can go a long way in not enabling them. Fix: Setting ground rules for yourself is very important to not enable your child. Telling them they are really growing up and old enough now to do things on their own is also very good. Be sure to set them up for success by helping them understand it’s the next stage of their life, just like school and going to the next grade level. Giving them chores on weekly basis will also help build responsibility. Like all children they will throw a fit on not wanting to do it but not give in to this behavior will ensure that eventually, they will just do it instead of trying to get out of it. Remember to follow through on your ground rules.
    3. Being the rescuer- This might be you if: your child can’t remember things like homework, permission, slips, lunch unless you remind them every time. You’ve had the sense for a long time that your kids could remember their lunches by themselves but never seem to and feel entitled to your personal delivery service when they forget. The fix: Anyone can make a mistake from time to time but they will only learn if they get in the habit of remembering what they need. Tell your kids in advance that you’ll no longer be rescuing them. Be clear about your expectations, and help them brainstorm strategies to keep track of their responsibilities.
    4. Being the indulger- This might be you if: your child demands to drink a soda with every meal and wins or your toddler throws a temper tantrum unless they have your phone to play with. It’s not wrong to let kids experience life’s little pleasures, but it’s our job to set the appropriate limits we know are best. Entitled kids are known for thinking of themselves as above the rules, and deserving the best of what life has to offer. We can change this mindset by sticking with the limits we set and ignoring the protests and negotiations. The Fix: By providing plenty of opportunities for kids to wield age-appropriate control over their own lives will give them a sense of power over positive things such as eating healthy, doing their homework and budgeting. When they have this control over some aspects of their lives they will less likely pitch a fit when we have to say no or enforce limits on other areas that are more for adults, like dating or curfews.
    5. Being over the top- This might be you if: You go far out of your way to make sure your kids have the best childhoods possible. Tons of presents at holidays, designer bedrooms and picture-perfect outfits are all great things but kids don’t need them. If they always experience the best of what life has to offer when they are young, then they feel entitled to it as they grow older. Cutting back our over-the-top tendencies will make for happier, more contented children down the road. The Fix: Take pleasure in the little things by expressing gratitude for what you do have instead of focusing on what you want. In fact, research shows that grateful people are happier overall. Involve your kids, and create daily or weekly gratitude rituals to help them appreciate what’s most important in their lives.

   

Now that we have covered techniques for good parenting styles, getting your children involved in helping fix little house issues will be a blast. They will get to bond with you and learn how to take care of their own home when they are older. Kids love to feel needed. They like to know that although they are a bit smaller than mom and dad, they can still help out around the house. Giving a child a hammer and some nails to bang into a scrap piece of wood is good training and it helps kids know that they really made a difference. You can have them help you with a few repair jobs around the house that will make them feel valuable.

 

Oil Hinges- Open a door and point out the squeaky noise to the child. Now when I was a kid the best thing to use was a can of WD40 to get rid of the squeak but over the years I have found that a silicone base of lubricant works way better. Show your kid how to make the noise stop by squirting a few drops inside the hinge. Make sure to also mention the harmful aspects of the job so they always know the do’s and don’t.

Tighten Handles- Grab a Phillips screwdriver and a flathead to show your kid the difference between the two. Then show them how to tighten the screws to keep the handle from wiggling.

Loose Towel Rack- If towel racks are loose, after teaching your child to tighten handles they can tighten the racks.

Scuff Marks on Linoleum- There are a few techniques you use to teach your kid how to get scuff marks off the floor. Toothpaste with a washcloth, a pencil eraser or the nifty Mr. Clean dry eraser works wonders. Show them all of them because it will teach them how to think outside the box in situations. With toothpaste dab some on the scuff mark and use the cloth or eraser to rub it. Then show them the easier method of buying a Mr. Clean dry eraser and wetting it down then rubbing the mark until it’s gone. Note: This is also good if they decide that their wall is a canvas, you can teach them to clean up their own mess by scrubbing the wall until it’s gone. If it is permanent then the next job will come in handy for them.

Painting- This is a good job to teach children early on because everyone has to paint something or other in their lifetime. Grab a small paint brush, painter’s tape, and a plastic Tupperware to give them some paint to start out with. First, show them the steps to painting and why we do this. You can always start with little touch-up jobs with the younger ones and work up to bigger projects. Giving your child the opportunity to repair things in the house is a big deal to them. They will feel like they have done something substantial and will likely never have to worry about them wanting to help you with future projects if you make it fun and not a chore.

 

Some ideas for practicing to get little ones in the habit of hands-on work

  • Tools of their own- You can buy reasonably priced kid-size tools. A toolbox I like is the “Grip” nine-piece children’s Toolkit which costs about $35 and is available on kids toolbox. A cordless driver though made for adults is a fun tool for them to learn to use, the Skil iXO and black & decker L13100 cordless drivers are perfect for little hands. It’s about $30. A low-temp hot-glue gun is safe to start learning to glue things together. A hand drill works easily without pinching fingers. Put a piece of wood into a vise and have them practice making holes. The Fiskars craft drill comes with four bits and is a great start for only $16 fiskars craft drill. A keyhole saw strengthens young kids’ hands and is sized for better control. The handy saw set comes with fine and coarse tooth blades for about $7 at forsmallhands.com
  • Learning to hammer- To a kid who isn’t quite ready to drive nails, nothing feels better than whap, crackle, and pop. Supply a kid-size hammer or a rubber mallet and show them how to hammer bubble wrap. After they master this you can upgrade to a nail and scrap wood, hammer the nails in half way and let them finish the job. Soon they will be helping you build your next project.
  • Driving screws- This is fun and a higher level of experience for kids. Put some screws in a scrap of drywall and let the kids screw them in with a cordless screwdriver or hand-held screwdriver. Drywall is a lot easier than wood, once they have that down upgrade to a block of wood half drilled. They will feel so accomplished once they get it down.
  • How to use a wrench-  This is another great beginner tool. Put different size bolts on boards and then let your kid use wrenches to attach color-coordinated nuts to each one.
  • Sawing- This is a skilled technique and can also help with preciseness. Clamp some foam core to a workbench and let the kid saw strips. Foam core is easier to than wood and then upgrade when they are ready.

 

Kids are easily frustrated so be careful not to go too fast for them. Let kids handle the tool to see how it works and feel. Let them get a sense of accomplishment with it before moving on to another one. Remember perfection is not the goal, enjoying the work is the most important lesson learned. Another thing you can do is sign up at Home-depot where they have a workshop each month learning a new project. They are free and something that will help you bond with your children.

 

   

 

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Pet Friendly Flooring Options

Pet Friendly Flooring

You come home from a long hard day, you open the front door, and find your fur-baby patiently waiting. You scoop them up in your arms, and give them the love they have been waiting for all day. Family pets bring so much joy and happiness, and then you find it, a big mess on your new carpet or wood flooring. You cringe as you imagine the permanent damage these kinds of accidents can cause to your expensive flooring. But do not fret. In this article we are going to review several options for pet friendly floors that will give you peace of mind from your little friends’ accidents.

 

The types of flooring we are going to discuss include the following: hard surface materials such as stone, tile and concrete; resilient vinyl; soft surface flooring consisting of various types of carpet; and wood based materials such as engineered wood and laminate. All of these products have advantages and disadvantages such as the look, feel, durability, and the cost. We will discuss how well these products are suited to pets, and specifically how well they do resisting wear, stains and moisture.

Pet Friendly Flooring

Hard Surface Floors:

Hard surface floors are inherently the best options for pets. They are very durable, resist staining and are easy to clean. The main disadvantages are the cost and the hard feel which can be very slippery for some pets. Natural stone and cement based grouts are the weak link in these products as they are porous and can stain easily if not treated. Recent chemical advancements have developed nano-particle sealers that can penetrate into porous products like these. They also vastly improve their ability to resist stains and moisture, and can last over 15 years. These premium sealers are available at most tile material supply houses.

 

Low quality tiles may have a very weak surface and can scratch or crack easily, so avoid these products. Concrete is typically coated with a resin material that may or may not resist staining. Some of these products are extremely durable, while others may be very weak and even peel off the concrete under light use or when in contact with moisture. Do your research on the coating to be applied to your concrete and be sure to use something with high bonding strength as well as the ability to resist staining.

 

Vinyl Floors:

Resilient vinyl flooring has made huge advancements in technology which has made it a very good choice for being pet friendly. The main disadvantages are that the surfaces may be slippery and may be scratched easier than the hard surface materials. One of the greatest advantages of vinyl is it’s resistance to moisture and staining. It’s surface does not allow moisture or stains to penetrate the flooring. When used with a pressure sensitive glue, they will not release when in contact with moisture like the old vinyl would.

 

Vinyl flooring in the past has also been prone to damage because the surface is soft, thin, and tears easily. Sheet viny,l or peel and stick tiles, have typically looked very cheap. But the new vinyl plank and tile market has smashed the old paradigm of the cheaper vinyl. The look and feel of the large planks can be similar to that of a high quality laminate or wood flooring. The pieces are relatively easy to replace if damaged, and they are installed at a lower cost. The highest quality plank materials have a titanium reinforced top coating that resists scratching making it an ideal product for pets of all sizes.

 

Carpet:

Carpet has a soft luxurious feel that can be a welcome place for pets to sleep and play. But it has long been a feared floor covering for pet lovers due to the chances of it being ruined by stains, odors, and claws. This has encouraged many homeowners to remove all carpet in place of more durable solutions. However, recent advances in pet friendly carpet technology has created a whole new generation of carpet and padding that resists stains, prevents the absorption of moisture below the carpet, and resists damage from claws. New weave designs also helps the carpet to release pet hair. All major carpet manufacturers have “pet friendly” carpets, so it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. When choosing a moisture resistant padding be sure to select an installer who knows what they’re doing. A poor installation can dramatically reduce the effectiveness of the padding’s ability to keep out stain causing moisture and stubborn odors that get stuck in typical carpet padding.

 

Wood Floors:

Wood based floors include laminate, engineered, and solid styles. High quality laminate can have a very nice look, resist scratches, and resist stains. However, it has typically been very susceptible to moisture damage and just one pet accident can cause irreparable damage to the flooring. However, new advancements in laminate technology have developed materials that resist water damage for up to 24 hours which can typically give enough time to clean up the mess.

 

Engineered and solid wood materials both have a top layer of real wood that can be damaged, and are all affected by water, although to varying degrees based on their hardness. Hardwoods such as maple, cherry, oak and hickory can be much more resistant to denting and scratches than softer woods such as pine, ash and birch. The coating applied also makes a big difference in how scratch resistant the wood is. Check the manufacturers specs on the coating used, and don’t rely on arbitrary warranty periods. These can give the perception of a long lasting wood floor, but can be very misleading. The hardness of the wood and the strength of the coating are the best indicators of how well your flooring will do with pets.