Laminate wood floors - how do they hold up to dogs?

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Posted 8/20/2012 by Sue5007 in NSBR Board
 

Sue5007
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Posted: 8/20/2012 5:12:21 PM
My DH wants to get a laminate wood floor to replace the vinyl in our kitchen. I'm worried that my boxers will scratch it up and if they drip water from their bowl onto the floor it will absorb into the wood causing swelling and bulging...and be ruined. (The kitchen is the only place we have to feed them)

How well does laminate hold up with dogs in the house?


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Posted: 8/20/2012 5:18:39 PM
I have two labs and we have laminate in both our dining room and our family room (which extends into the laundry and garage entry).

It has held up exceptionally well. That said, one of the dogs threw up on it in the middle of the night and I didn't discover it until morning and there was a buckle in the laminate, although with time, it has become much less noticeable. I would feed them on a tray or rug (we used to use a boot tray to put their water on).

I will say that I was just discussing future flooring choices with DH and I don't think I will go with laminate again. Not because of the wear factor but more because of the cleaning factor. I've yet to find a cleaner or cleaning method (including vinegar) that does not leave streaks and it's almost impossible with two dogs to keep it clean from muddy footprints, dog slobber, dust, etc. Spot cleaning just doesn't seem to work for my floors. Some of that could be because the lighting shows every little smudge, but I really, really hate maintaining those floors as compared to my tile and hardwood flooring areas. In a future house, we will probably go with some sort of engineered hardwood or slightly distressed looking hardwood (mainly because we are quite simply hard on floors and I don't want the stress of damaging actual wood floors)


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Posted: 8/20/2012 5:20:50 PM
Our dog (15 month old Labradoodle) hates laminate floors with a passion! DS's bedroom is the only room in the house with laminate and he skids all over it - looks just like Scooby Doo.
He's fine with the wooden floorboards in other rooms. So while I don't know how well laminate flooring would hold up re scratches or water damage, I wouldn't get it simply for the sake of my dog's sanity!
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Posted: 8/20/2012 5:25:12 PM
We have a boxer, a pit, two cats, and two teenagers and our laminate has held up well. DH actually dropped a frying pan that was on fire on it and you couldn't tell a thing had happened. My only complaint is that it does shift some and if your dog has an accident there's a chance it may buckle. I much prefer the look of real wood but with our crazy lifestyle I would be a nervous wreck trying to keep it from being destroyed.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 6:56:10 PM
We put them in this spring..in the living room and hallway. I love the look and they've held up well with our dog. But it is a battle I did not expect keeping them clean. I can clean them and 5 min later they are dusty and full of prints. It's been kind of frustrating.

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Posted: 8/20/2012 7:00:22 PM
We just installed laminate in two bedrooms. I bought a sample piece at Lowe's and ran my keys across it to see how it would hold up.

My understanding is laminate is not supposed to get wet so I am not sure how it would hold up to water. You could always put a plastic placemat under the water bowl.

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Posted: 8/20/2012 7:12:49 PM
We have a Great Dane and two large mutts (1/2 dobe, 1/2 rott and a shepherd mix) and our floors still look great after about three years. Water on the floor will ruin it though. Right after we put ours in, one of the dogs decided to use the stair landing as a bathroom a few times. Three of the boards swelled a little and now they squeak. It's not a huge deal to us because we're redoing the stairs when the dogs are gone and we remodel the kitchen on the second floor and the whole first floor. I just run a swiffer around every day and damp mop two or three times a week.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 7:19:21 PM
We have laminate (Pergo) in our house. It's held up very well to our dog and her scratchy nails. We do keep her bowls on a rubber rimmed mat, but she's not super messy (I don't think she's ever spilled her water bowl.)

Ours is light colored and doesn't show streaks, it's cleans up nicely with our Swiffer Wetjet. I don't really care for it though...it's noisy compared to hardwood and to me it looks like laminate. I have seen some that is much nicer and almost impossible to tell it's not hardwood.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 7:27:07 PM
I would not put laminate flooring in the kitchen. Our laminate has held up well with four dogs as far as scratches go but as others have said it does not do well with water/liquid.

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Posted: 8/20/2012 8:11:46 PM
We have laminate in our living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, and foyer. We have a 75 pound Lab.
The floors have held up VERY well over the past six years. No scratches, no buckling, no water damage, etc. The dog spills plenty of water from her bowl (though we do have it on a rubber mat) and ice from the fridge melts on it all the time. I would definitely do it again.

Ours is similar to this photo. Not this color, but we installed it one plank at a time. It doesn't look very "laminate-y" to me.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 8:12:02 PM
We have laminate in our living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, and foyer. We have a 75 pound Lab.
The floors have held up VERY well over the past six years. No scratches, no buckling, no water damage, etc. The dog spills plenty of water from her bowl (though we do have it on a rubber mat) and ice from the fridge melts on it all the time. I would definitely do it again.

Ours is similar to this photo. Not this color, but we installed it one plank at a time. It doesn't look very "laminate-y" to me.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 8:13:26 PM
We have laminate in our living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, and foyer. We have a 75 pound Lab.
The floors have held up VERY well over the past six years. No scratches, no buckling, no water damage, etc. The dog spills plenty of water from her bowl (though we do have it on a rubber mat) and ice from the fridge melts on it all the time. I would definitely do it again.

Ours is similar to this photo. Not this color, but we installed it one plank at a time. It doesn't look very "laminate-y" to me.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 8:13:58 PM
We have laminate in our living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, and foyer. We have a 75 pound Lab.
The floors have held up VERY well over the past six years. No scratches, no buckling, no water damage, etc. The dog spills plenty of water from her bowl (though we do have it on a rubber mat) and ice from the fridge melts on it all the time. I would definitely do it again.

Ours is similar to this photo. Not this color, but we installed it one plank at a time. It doesn't look very "laminate-y" to me.


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