My daughter wants to replace the super-dirty carpet on her
condo with either tile or laminated wood floor.
We want to do it ourselves if it's not very difficult.
We've been reading the instruction from the Internet but
still have quite a bit of fuzzy ideas.
My question is since she has a small puppy and is not very
well trained yet, which floor (tile or wood) would be more
appropriate. Someone said the grout between the tiles can
be discolored and smell. Others said laminated floor would
Your suggestion/advice is very much appreciated.
I had Pergo and one of the dumbest dogs in the world. Installed
correctly, there will be no smell... the pee pools on the top and does
not soak in. It also resisted scratches very well (I had a goat get in
the house one day... no scratches... don't ask).
"Laminated" can mean different things to different people. Today even
"tile" can mean many different things.
Wood floors with a real wood surface (as opposed to a plastic surface)
would not be my choice for this situation. As you have pointed out, there
may be puddle problems and the resulting smell after it gets into the wood.
While it is possible that a well finished wood floor may resist the
moisture, most don't. There is also the possible problem as the dog grows
that it's claws will scratch the wood. I would not choose a real wood
surface floor material.
Plastic surface floors with or without wood under-parts, may or may not
be able to stand up to the puddles and scratches. Some of the plastic
surfaces are very scratch resistant and moisture resistant, when properly
installed for that kind of environment. I would consider this kind of
floor, and carefully choose one that is rated for moist areas like baths and
follow any special installation instructions for moist areas.
Today a tile looking material is available made of a plastic material.
It would rate the same as the plastic surface wood look material.
There are many other tiles. In your case make sure the surface of the
tile and the grout are sealed against moisture and you should be fine. You
may want to check on the ability of the specific tile product you are
looking at to resist damage from the claws. Some will show scratches.
Train the dog and owner first, THEN replace the carpet
with whatever appeals to you. If you're going
to replace the flooring first, then you need this:
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