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    Default Laminate with dogs???

    Hello,

    I have a questions as it relates to laminate floors. I just moved into my first townhome so I am new to being a homeowner. I have 2 dogs and feel like I am constantly steamcleaning my carpets. I want hardwood floors or something like it. I am thinking about ripping up the carpet and putting down laminate. As you could probably imagine I am on some sort of budget but am willing to bend a little on cost. The area I am doing is about 300 sq feet so it is not a huge area. My questions are:

    1. Is laminate my best option
    2. Will the laminate stand up to the durability of the dogs
    3. What type or brand of laminate would you reccomend most
    4. The larger of my two dogs drips water on the floor when she drinks....will this damage the laminate in any way (we put a towel under her bowl to try to keep it dry as possible)

    Any and all info would be much appreciated because again...I am so new to this

    Thank you
    Rob Wells (Nanuet, NY)

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    You should also consider the dogs in this decision. If the dogs are used to carpet, they may have a very difficult time walking on the laminate, especially if they're big dogs. I ripped the carpeting up in my bedroom and for the first time my ****en was exposed to hardwood floors. For 9 years he slept on his bed next to mine, and once I ripped up the carpet, he no longer slept in his bed. He avoided my room almost altogether.

    We just moved to a Colonial with hardwood floors in the dining room and sitting room. He's okay on them but prefers the carpeted areas.

    I had laminate in a bathroom in my old house, and I didn't like the way it wore. It dulled and seemed to pick up "spots" that wouldn't come out. It was a rarely used small bathroom, but the Pergo just didn't seem to wear well. I would not install it again.

    Terry

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    Thanks Terry for your response and feedback. If carpeting is the way to go then what type of carpeting works best with animals and the wear and tear they give off. Is there a specific brand I should be looking at or grade???

    Rob

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    I'm no expert by any means, but I would stay away from anything with high pile. My ****en would lay on his side and scratch the carpet and by the time we moved, it had permanent scratch marks in it. The Berber wore well, and of course, you can't go wrong with commercial carpeting except maybe aesthetically. It may be just a sales pitch, but I think some carpeting companies advertise specific carpeting for pets.

    All of that said, I know people that have lots of dogs and have nothing but laminate in their houses. I think it is really what the dogs get used to. But I did feel bad for my nine year old ****en when I took up the bedroom carpet. And I would never install Pergo again.

    Good luck.

    Terry

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    I've had dogs my entire life. Through carpet, hardwood floors and laminate - big and small.

    Laminate does NOT stand up to dogs if you are not very cognizant of its upkeep. After time the laminate will peel (with urine accidents and/or water damage). The laminate is also more prone to surface scratching (from their nails). So really I would say it depends on the habits of your pet and/or their size.

    If your problem is just the carpet and keeping your floors clean, I would highly suggest stone tile flooring - something that isn't too porous (stay away form Travertine if your pet has frequent accidents). Porous stone flooring will also stain since it will absorb any liquid into the stone if unfinished.

    If your budget allows for it I'd look into it. If you like the look of wood, then hardwood flooring that is sealed would be your best bet.

    Best of luck.

    ~Retroloco-LJ

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    We originally had carpet but took it out because the dog was staining it with food, dirty paws and a couple of accidents. Carpet seems to retain the smell of the dog so we didn't want to keep it.

    We have laminate now and I really like it. The dog is fine with the laminate but when she gets a little excited she tends to scratch the floor. We wanted a light color but went with a middle stain, so it wouldn't show the scratches or stains as much as the dark or light color. Tile in the kitchen makes the dog slide when she runs in but is easier to clean when she drools or drops water and food.

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    Quote Originally Posted by rwells16 View Post
    Hello,

    I have a questions as it relates to laminate floors. I just moved into my first townhome so I am new to being a homeowner. I have 2 dogs and feel like I am constantly steamcleaning my carpets. I want hardwood floors or something like it.

    1. Is laminate my best option
    2. Will the laminate stand up to the durability of the dogs
    As a lifelong large dog owner I have tried every floor around, carpets do not work, linoleum gets scratched, wood floors will be scratched and it doesn't matter what type of wood, i.e. parquet, hardwood, softwood.
    Laminates are just a cheap plastic-like material that is mostly glue,like formica it will scratch and dent, it will like all wood- warp if the dog spills the water bowl over while you are at work, or liquid accidents remain a while.

    The only flooring I have ever found that WILL hold up, and hold up for life is tile, thus, all the floors in my house except my front parlor where the dogs are not allowed, and my sculpture studio room are covered with a white porcellain tile that has a stone-like look.
    Porcellain is much harder and stronger than regular ceramic tile, as a result it is very difficult to cut when installing unless you have a carbide blade.

    People always say "tile is so cold!" no, it's not, unless your floor is laid over an unheated crawl space on the ground floor, my basement is heated and the ducts all run under the floors to the various floor vents, as a result the ducts also warm some of the floor up above them.
    EVen here in Iowa winters I never wear more than socks.
    Having tile doesn't mean you can't have some throw rugs, an oval braided rug or runners work nicely and if they are not too large you can machine wash them.

    I totally HATE carpet, they are nothing less than dust and odor collectors, and with dogs the fleas breed and live in them, since I have only one throw rug- under the dining room table and chairs, I have ZERO fleas in my house and have not had fleas in over a decade- exactly because I have a floor that fleas simply can't survive with.
    With tile, I simply vacuum, and then mop and it always looks great, it never scratches, splits, delaminates or anything.

    My tile I set over two layers of 3/4" plywood screwed to the joists, and screwed to one another every 6 inches, topped with 1/2" thick cement board also screwed down to the plywood every 6 inches, then the tile was laid on thinset mortar and grouted.

    I've never regretted putting in tile, not once!

    I bought the tile at Menards, as I remember it was on sale for $1 a square foot, and I bought enough to do every room in the house including the bedroom. The price was cheaper than carpet, cheaper than wood.

    I bought the 14" squares and laid them out in alternating rows similar to the way bricks are laid up, that eliminated long lines of grout in one direction and I really liked the looks.


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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    We had the same worry. When we got a Choc Lab a year ago we got rid of all the carpets down stairs, through fear of them being peed on all the time. A year later and there are raises in the grains, where pee and water have gotten in.
    She seems to be fine with the laminate floors, but that could just be because she's used to them. I think we'll go back to carpet in a few months, now that she only pees in the night time.

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    Quote Originally Posted by Sofarris View Post
    We had the same worry. When we got a Choc Lab a year ago we got rid of all the carpets down stairs, through fear of them being peed on all the time. A year later and there are raises in the grains, where pee and water have gotten in.
    She seems to be fine with the laminate floors, but that could just be because she's used to them. I think we'll go back to carpet in a few months, now that she only pees in the night time.
    We have a 3 month old yellow Lab who has miserably failed potty training so far...so we have at least another YEAR to go?? AHHH!

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    Default Re: Laminate with dogs???

    I have laminate floors that are 10 years old and originally owned 2 large dogs that have passed away and now own 2 chihuahuas and 1 pit bull and as long as I was training them I had to clean it up right away and caused no problems .All my dogs were rescues .My whole house 2440 sq.ft .

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