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Old 03-29-2007, 10:58 AM   #1
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I am in the process of laying down flooring for my foyer and kitchen; I also have a small puppy who is prone to "leaks", most oof which are caught w/in 15 minutes, bec we don't let her roam the house unattended.
My question: which affords greater protection from these leaks; an oak flooring which has been sanded/coated w/ polyurethane, or ceramic tile which has been sealed?

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Old 03-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #2
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Tile, Tile Tile

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Old 03-29-2007, 11:50 AM   #3
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:00 PM   #4
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Answering your question with one of my own. Which do you find more often in a bathroom?
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Go with tile. I have hardwood throughout my home and I would never leave water or any spill on them for 15 minutes. Not even 15 seconds.

Hardwood is very nice, but can be delicate. If you drop anything on it, more often than not it will create a dent.

If you have a puppy, I would definitely go with tile.
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Tile...as long as it's done properly
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Please elaborate on proper installation.

Also, is there any kind of tile which cannot be properly sealed? The kind we're interested in are those w/ the rustic, textured look (Mediterranean look).
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Tiling is really simple as long as you follow the steps all the way.

1. lay backerboard (cement board) down where you are tiling
2. Apply thinset (concrete that tile adheres to tile)
3. Stick the tile down making sure that each tile is aligned

Obviously it goes into more detail than that. You can go to a quick workshop at a tile store or Home Depot or Lowes and get detailed info.

Like any DIY project take your time and do things right. If you want more info, just ask I we can give you the right direction.
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WOOD>>>Is the best of all for beauty, and you should put tons of sealer and polyurethane coats over it, .....But, consider the part of the country you live in as well.
Tile is much more sturdy, and with a mosaic....you can't go wrong.
Sure wood is beautiful, but if you plan to live in the house with pets, or kids or high traffic...Tile would be much sturdier..(and you can use throw rugs, as well) to warm the floors up in winter,..Aaaand then theres Pergo or laminate flooring.. ...ulk! fake looking wood, but supposedly sturdy.
If you do go with Tile, ask for assistance,for the right size spacers, the larger the spacer the more grout, ..a darker grout is also easier to maintain...but seal the grout as well....this will kepp it cleaner longer.
Make sure you have a lot of glue on the floor, and press firmly down on each tile as to form a suction between the floor and tile, otherwise you will have a hollow in between, the floor and the tile and you will hear it every time you walk over it

Also make certain you have lots of paper towels, waterpails..(inexpensive will do), large sponges and dishwashing, rubber gloves are important, to protect you hands, You need to clean-up as you work (as best you can). If you don't you will never get the grout off the floor, and your life will become diy hell.. .hahah....Anyway, the glue is not as bad, but all in all, Clean as you work!! Or you'll regret it, and one more thing is make sure your floor is level before you start....or forget it! I do have tile floors, But my name ain't Woodpecker for nuthin!
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I would say tile or wood, if the wood is not prefinished. If it's prefinished, then the pee can get in between the seams. The grout for the tile can absorb some of the pee also, if it's not sealed. I think newly finished wood may be the best bet, especially since you can get to any accidents as quick as you say you can.
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Just how long do you expect the puppie, to pee?
Ya, ever hear about wee wee pads and training?
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Good point.

But the correct answer is definately tile.
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