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sylvia43551 08-15-2013 02:48 PM

dogs and flooring
What is the best material to use when you have dogs? Tile or wood? Or something else. We are redoing a large (22x24) living room where we spend most of the time. It would butt up to dark parkay flooring

alexjoe 08-15-2013 02:56 PM

Tile is the best in this case.

sylvia43551 08-15-2013 03:08 PM

Thank you!

user1007 08-15-2013 03:40 PM

There is another thread running on just this topic in the flooring section. You might scan it for options. Strand bamboo and paying close attention to the quality of the actual finish on the material came up. I think you should be able to click on this link to get there.

This topic comes up often so in case we all missed something, you might use the search engine to explore other similar threads.

Godspede619 08-20-2013 10:10 PM

From experience the best material for dogs is either tile or laminate if you want the wood look. Laminate is extremely durable.

user1007 08-21-2013 12:11 PM

Laminate is not durable and would be a horrible choice. I would never use laminate on a project for anything! It is cheap but it looks it and the inexpensive stuff does not last.

Most of it, especially what box stores sell, is a sandwich of protective film over a thin layer of patterned material (the combination of these two layers is often not even as thick or protective as two to three coats of poly would be) sealed to a cheap substrate like particle board. if the dogs scratch it up, there is no way to refinish it or to remove deep scratches. It is gone.

Perhaps you meant quality engineered flooring? Maybe but same issues as hardwood or bamboo.

TheBobmanNH 08-21-2013 03:48 PM

Glad someone shot down that laminate idea. God I hate that stuff.

daveplot 08-21-2013 06:53 PM

How about Armstrong Vinyl Plank...

cleveman 08-21-2013 08:32 PM

Concrete is pretty durable, but you would have to seal it with something.

Terrazzo looks nice.

How about tile?

user1007 08-21-2013 08:40 PM

Was going to post another similar thread and then realized I already did. Sorry.

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