Q: We are considering having our natural (no stain) red oak flooring (3/4″ thick) refinished with a dark stain and 3 coats of premium oil urethane. We have been told that a dark stain will show scratches (from the dog), and marks far more than the current natural floor does, and that we will always be touching up the scratches (if that’s even possible to do.)
What is your experience with dark stained floors and wearing capabilities?
A: I think you will be fine with dark stain. If the floor is well finished, what will tend to happen is you will get nail impressions in the wood itself, without actually damaging the stain. If the dog is ever able to scratch through into bare wood, you can likely get a marker that is a fairly close match in colour. Eventually, like every floor, regardless of colour, you will need a buff and recoat. Keep your dogs nails trimmed and filed smooth.