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Old 12-13-2012, 04:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We are thinking about getting rid of our carpet and going with some type of hardwood or laminate flooring. Our concerns are Jake and Odin - the boys are between 20 and 24 months and it is always play time. Their nails grow so fast that monthly trimmings still leave long hard nails at times. So the question is - in the vast experience of this forum, is there a flooring that will stand up to a pair of boxers?

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Laminate isn't as nice as hardwood but we got it because of the dogs. It really stands up to the nails and the occasional accident.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have vinyl plank flooring downstairs and LOVE it. I was able to install it myself. Would have probably looked better installed professionally but still. I only made a couple mistakes. I think it looks like exotic laminate until you get close and examine it. So far, no nicks, dents, or anything. Got it at Lumber Liquidators.

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We have laminate & tile in the place we are living now. They are both holding up to the dogs. Now who ever lived here before us, they left plenty of scratches in the floors & I made sure to document that when we first moved in.
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I agree on laminate. We have had it for 20 yrs and 2 boxers. Not a scratch or mark on it. Sometimes the our Boxer gets excited and loses his traction and the nails give it a real test. Has held up perfectly.
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I installed about 900 sq. ft. of walnut in my house.... I chose Brazilian walnut because it was very high on the Janka scale(the scale used for wood hardness) and I got a good deal on it. I broke my back for about a week installing it myself...

BIG MISTAKE

After 2 years my once beautiful floor is scratched to high heaven!!!

Definitely install LAMINATE... It's typically cheaper, easier to install and it is more resistant to scratches from your dogs nails...

I wish I could go back in time!!


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We have the vinyl plank as well in the kitchen, back entrance and are now working on finishing the basement. We're using Allure Vinyl which has a 25 year warranty - very easy to install and apparently water-proof (which laminate is not).

This is a pic I snapped mid-way through finishing up the laundry room.

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hrmm, I like the look of the vinyl planking. We put laminate flooring on the downstairs living room floor and its held up very well against my pack of pups where scratches are concerned but as mentioned above, water can be an issue. Now that I'm seeing the vinyl planking, I may look at doing that in my bedroom when the carpet comes up. I begged hubby to take the carpet off the floor in my bedroom for my birthday present this week. Told him I don't care if I have to live on concrete floors for a year... I'll never have carpet in my house again! You can clean the top side all you like but when you pull up carpet that dogs have been on and had mistakes on, it's, well honestly, it's totally disgusting!

Oh forgot to mention, all the bedrooms and the hallway upstairs are real hardwood flooring and those do not stand up well to dog's nails. They are pretty to look at but I dread having to sand them down and refinish them.
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I installed about 900 sq. ft. of walnut in my house.... I chose Brazilian walnut because it was very high on the Janka scale(the scale used for wood hardness) and I got a good deal on it. I broke my back for about a week installing it myself...

BIG MISTAKE

After 2 years my once beautiful floor is scratched to high heaven!!!

Definitely install LAMINATE... It's typically cheaper, easier to install and it is more resistant to scratches from your dogs nails...

I wish I could go back in time!!


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I completely agree. We installed hardwood throughout our main floor, and they are now about 1.5 years old and totally destroyed. I'm trying to convince hubby to install laminate in the basement we will be finishing in our new house for that reason. It's painfull to spend the money and time then see them get wrecked. And I keep our boxer's nails super short, they get trimmed weekly and it doesn't help much.
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We have hardwood and ceramic tile on the main floor. The hardwood was already all scratched from the previous owner's Rottweiler so we're not too concerned about it. We figure that once our kids and Duke get older we can have it sanded and re stained. It's quite a honey shade of oak right now which isn't my favourite but it hides the scratches pretty well. We put new ceramic tile through the main floor foyer and kitchen a couple of years ago but it wasn't the best quality and there are many chips and dings now. It's also very slippery for Duke. We're thinking of tearing it all up and installing vinyl flooring. They have a new type out now that is a solid sheet but looks just like ceramic tiles! So we may do that in the next couple of years when we can't stand looking at the chips in the tiles anymore. lol

In the basement and 2nd floor we have laminate flooring. It does have some dents from heavy things dropping on it but besides that it's held up quite nicely.
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