Laminate flooring is a tough synthetic material. If the pee just stays
on the surface, it will not be damaged. In fact, that is one of it's
main selling points.
Now, if there is a real flood of pee and it goes through joints and
gets underneath, then it's possible it could cause it to warp. But,
IMO, it would take a lot to do that, as the material is pretty
On 11 Jun 2006 06:45:22 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What about something in the middle, if the dog piddles where two
pieces come together, and it's not enough to get underneath, but it
does wet the edges of two pieces? How do you dry that out, and will
it cause damage.
I took a couple piece of Pergo flooring home once for a few days to
think about it, but I don't remember what the edges are like.)
You have to weigh the risk against the damage. My parents laminate floor got
wet from a leaky ice maker just a couple weeks after install. All the edges
within three feet of the fridge swelled and turned up (looks like hell).
If something like that happens from your dog in the middle of the room your only
recourse will be tear it all up or buy an area rug to hide it.
If it has any effect at all.
My engineered wood flooring was wet from a heater pressure relief valve that
went bad. Water ran under the floor from the utility area. Probably was
wet for 6 hours or more. I dried up what I could but there was no damage at
all to the wood. I was happily amazed.
When I had some Pergo installed, I asked specifically about the dogs,
particularly when they drink sloppily and splash water on the floor.
The installer said that he had three big dogs and understood my
question and said that if they slop alot of water on the floor, I
should mop it up when I see it, but I don't have to run screaming for
the mop the second they do it.
Now, he said, if you have a leak and lots of water sits for a long
time, that's much more of a problem. Sounds like you were fortunate,
but your situation is more of what my installer said to be concerned
about. Some dog piddle shouldn't be a big deal, apparently.
Pergo used to be glued together but now it just snaps in. That may
change its water resistance. Look around on Pergo.com a bit. Here's
one item I found:
The Pergo Warranty
All Pergo flooring is warranted against wear-through-stains and fading
and will resist water damage from everyday spills and damp mopping when
water is promptly removed. Some Pergo flooring has additional warranty
coverage. See your individual warranty details or your authorized Pergo
dealer for more information.
Also, note the Pergo is cheap. If it fails you can just rip out a
section and redo it. There is a bit of technique involved, but it can
Is there any way that you can arrange for someone to walk your dog once
a day? I am assuming you are working when your dog is peeing on the
floor. We had the same problem and it was solved by having a
neighborhood kid come by and walk the dog after school. Plus we bought a
Scooba robot mopper. If the dog did pee, our dog walker just pressed the
button of the Scooba, let it go, took the dog for a walk and shut the
Scooba off when he returned with the dog. That way the dog was walked,
the pee was cleaned up (if there was any) and we didn't have to deal
with the piss after a hard day of work. Those two things - dog walker
and Scooba mopper - saved us a lot of grief. Just thought I would share.
Well, yes, if you're tallking about a dog that's never been
housebroken and roams around the house peeing.
But, I've had to clean up a couple of accidents since I moved into my
new home after rebuilding when a fire destroyed the original house.
One of my dogs is a rescue that took quite a while to get housebroken
and she's regressed a bit after living in 4 places in a year. Donny
may just be thinking of all the things that *could* happen.
My dog's problem could be solved by me turning off the sprinklers so
she won't swallow a gallon of water attacking them. Amazing how that
reduces the need to pee.
Yes, like most of have said, laminates will expand when come in contact
with water consistently. As it is HDFs (Higher Density Fibreboards) or
MDFs (Medium Density Fibreboards) within the laminate floors, when in
contact with water, the whole floor will expand, causing the floor
boards to warp and you will see 'hilly' effects at the joints of the
affected areas. Or even worse, the top layer of laminate might just
peel off sometimes.
Laminates imo will never be able to resist water like many companies
claim. But the good point about laminates is the fact that it is low in
value and therefore you can simply change the floor say every 3-5 years
if there are problems with it.
If you are thinking of choosing a floor that gives you value for money
though, something that will last longer and feels better, then my
suggestion would be to go for engineered wood floors as they are
dimensionally much more stable than laminates or solid wood floorings.
My shop's engineered wood floor was flooded for a night due to a broken
pipe and I only managed to clear up the mess after a day. I aired the
place and then let it dry. Till now, think it have been a year, there
still have not been any visible problems with the floor as yet.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Hope they help.
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