I am wanting to put wood floors on my 1st floor, but I have dogs that do have "accidents" inside. I am afraid of the liquid getting down the cracks. Does anyone know which wood flooring would be best?
Don't know of any that are going to be pee proof. If you have not done so, consider visiting a Flooring store (not a dept in another store) and looking at commercial rated vinyl flooring. This is NOT the stuff available at box/home stores.
I saw some that looked like wood, (REALLY looked like wood) and had a 25 yr commercial/ lifetime warranty for homeowner. Comes in normal and extra wide widths, so chances are it would be seamless.
Yup, your best "wood" floor in this case would be sheet vinyl. Any wood floor that gets pee'd on frequently is going to stain and smell. Floating floors are out - trapped fluids underneath will get rancid pretty quickly.
I had the same problem with my dog. Now the hardwood floors in family room and kitchen have to be replaced. Some suggestions on if and how this could be done would be appreciated. I also think that I would the hardwood floors would have been a positive selling feature, which is even more discouraging.
I love dogs, I really do. When we work in houses that have dogs, the dogs love me. I'm what you call 'a dog person". We actually had one client who gave me their dog after we finished our several month-long project - They said that their dog had never been happier than when we were there working - so when we were done she came to live with me. So yes, I really love dogs.
That said, if you have a dog that is not housebroken than that dog either does not belong inside the house at all or needs to be confined to a section of the house where it cannot do much harm. There are very few flooring materials that can stand up to getting pee'd on every day without either getting ruined or smelling up the house. Sheet vinyl is about the best but even that, over time will stain and start to smell.
For wood floors, carpet, tile & grout, floating laminates - if you keep a non-housebroken pet on these floors then just accept the fact that those floors will eventually be ruined. Given enough dogs (or enough 'output') and the subfloor can be damaged to the point that it too, needs to be torn out and replaced.
So your choices - from most expensive to least - are:
1. Let your dog(s) have the run of the house. Accept the fact that you will spend thousands and thousands of dollars to repair your floors - only to have to do it all over again. When you go to sell your house you will find that you either have to completely renovate before listing it or watch most of your potential buyers walk out the door while holding their noses.
2. Confine your dog(s) to limited areas of the house that have vinyl or epoxy covered concrete floors. Clean frequently and know that even if you do have to refloor these areas, it's not that expensive.
3. Find yesterdays newspaper. Roll it up. Introduce it to your dog(s) the next time they pee on the floor. Cost is minimal. Plus it's recyclable!
I couldn't agree with you more. We decided to rescue a dog from a puppy mill rather then go through s breeder this tome. Without going into too much detail, she has severe anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. Once you bring these dogs into your home, you immediately bond with them and love them, which makes it impossible to give them up.
With that being said, we also had flood damage to our hard wood floors from a flood. Now that I have water damage to the floors, do I replace them, and if so, with what? Do I try to have them sanded and stained and hope for the best? Suggestions, please.
The first thing is to determine if the water damage to the floors will require replacement or just refinishing. That could make for one answer there.
Then consider: If your floors can be refinished (less expensive than replacing) maybe do that and plan on getting new floors A.D. (After Dog).
Thanks. Lets not rush the "post dog". Sounds as if I have to get some expert advice from a hardwood floor expert. Thanks
good for you not to rush "post dog" . I can't imagine not having 1 or 2 dogs living with us at all times , since that what we have for the last 56 years. we never were without them. when one goes to dogy heaven a new one comes home from the spca shelter.
Problem is often times it's not just finish that gets destroyed. The wood will turn black and if it gets to the sub flooring or under the flooring every time the humidly up or the house is closed up it's going to stink.