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Hi again,

Every night before I fall asleep I keep worring about all kinds of log-home stuff. Even if we are in the roofing stage I can't help thinking about stages that are not the next to come.
We are dog breeders and we keep some of them inside. We also keep the puppies inside when we have litters.
The dogs will only stay on the ground floor. So my issue is only about the ground floor.
What kind of floors are pet-proof but also adequate for a log home? We discarded the idea of hardwoord floor (i hope this is the correct term for defining floors made of wood) since we saw what my cousin's German Shepherd did to their floors - the whole surface had deep scratches from the dog's playing and running inside.

We have the option of laminate floors - the people from the home improvement stores said these floors are pretty hard and resist to scratches. In this case we were thinking about a "intense traffic - domestic use" but we are only worried about how they resist at puppy pee in case it may get wet. Of course the pups won't stay right on the floor, they will have a puppy pen set on a sheet of pvc floor that can be easily cleaned and discarded when becoming smelly. This type of floors look well, are not expensive and are easy to install.

The other option are the ceramic tiles, but only for the easy maintanance while having dogs that loose a lot of hair while indoors. Also they are puppy-pee proof for sure. However I'm not happy with the idea since I don't find them appropiate for a log home which are usually cosier when they have wooden floors. Tiles are also colder. There are many types of tiles that look wooden floors.

Can anyone tell me about advantages and disadvantges of these types of floors in a log home? Esthetically but also when it comes about maintance, comfort and lifetime. What kind of floors did you use when keeping pets inside. We will have 3-4 dogs inside, so it will be some traffic. Also when is wet outside they may rush inside wet or muddy.



Thanks! Now is time to rush to bed, past midnight here...

Nighty!

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Catrinel, Cute dogs!!!!! I would go with ceramic floors and "washable" area rugs.........cermaic is a awful in the kitchen.......just too hard on my old bones.........Do not believe the "claims" about the laminate crap..It is "crap".........it can't be refinished.......we have a wild English Bulldog Puppy in our home who loves to play.......we have real hardwood floors and he is wearing off the finish but we will refinish when he settles down........no point in doing it now.
Catrinel, Have you thought about bamboo? We got ours from Home Depot (which you may not have in your country) and it is extremely durable; even our Jack Russells don't damage it. And it is less expensive than laminate or engineered.
Thank you for the advice ;)
We'll do a market research and check the offers for what you suggested.
Our living room has laminate floors, installed I think in 2000 by the previous owner. We're pretty happy with it--we've had a few puppy accidents and he's in the room most of the time with no scratches. Our computer chairs also haven't scratched the floor at all. I think bamboo and cork are also supposed to be very durable floors, and we're planning on trying one of those in the bedroom at some point.
Hi Catrinel,
This article isn't specifically about flooring, but it might help you: http://www.loghome.com/designing_a_pet_friendly_home/articles/2767.

Also, if you keep your dogs' nails trimmed regularly, the quick inside won't grow as long and you can keep their nails pretty short so they don't scratch on the floor too much. My old dog would click every time he walked into a room with laminate or hardwood flooring, but my dog now is pretty quiet with his shorter nails. It's easier to start when they're puppies -- especially if they haven't developed a fear of the nail trimmer yet!

Danielle
Catrinel,
We had oak floors with a 120 lb Labrador and they held up quite well. As you probably know, if you use wood then choose something very hard like oak or Bamboo but the finish is very important. Choose an "oil" base polyureathane not a water base. There is a big difference in hardness.

Many of the true wood, laminate floors are made with a clear finish that contains a form of aluminum which makes them very tough. The problem would be dogs having accidents since the joints are not really sealed as when you polyureathane a floor.

I would also look at imitation wood laminate flooring like the Pergo brand. I did some seaching on the internet and it is given a high rating by dog owners. It is extremely hard and apparently very durable, but not bullet proof. It is a good DIY project as it just floats on the subfloor. Since it originated in Europe you should be able to buy it there.

Joe
Thanks for your advice. Nothing is better than having an answer from somebody who was into a specific situation.

A few days ago we saw a new type of laminate that just entered the Romanian market. We are thinking to use it in the bathrooms as it is waterproof. The producer's website is www.dumafloor.com. It's made in Belgium.
We have laminate (Shaw) on our main floor since 2001 and untill last year had 2 adult labs with toys. Floor looks like the day it was installed. Dont go cheap with the lamintae, its not that expensive to begin with and you can install yourself.
Bill
Hey there, just thought I'd throw out another opinion. Our contractor just put hardwood in his house (not sure which kind but it was more expensive since he can get the contractor price - like $40,000 expensive) and his one dog has been destroying the floors already. So we will definitely not be doing that!! I have the pergo type floor and the dogs cannot scratch it. It's been years with the 2 dogs and still looks like new. And I have the older pergo type, I'm sure the new stuff is better. Not sure about other materials, but with our dogs I would only put the pergo type in (we love the wood look of course). Good luck!
Is pergo a brand or a type of flooring?
Catrinel,

Pergo is a specific brand name. It is what is generally called a laminate flooring but NOT made with a wood laminate for a surface. The actual surface is essentially a "photo on paper" that has a very durable clear finish on it. For many years fake wood paneling has used the same process.

There are other companies that make a similar product but I cannot testify as to their quality.

The following is what I found in European markets:

http://www.pergo.com/en-gb/

Joe
Catrinel, we've been dealing with dogs and log homes for many years. No matter what, hair will get everywhere, even in rooms where the dogs are not allowed (you'll unknowingly take it with you).
Our solution is a combination of distressed pine hardwood flooring and tile by the door openings.
Distressed pine only gets more distressed with claw marks, and regular cleaning (wet swiffer) keeps the floor looking clean, even after the muddy tracks are planted. Rebuffing and refinishing will take care of the real bad spots, where the dogs try to make 90 degree turns. Tile (ceramic or vinyl) by the doors will make an area where the foot cleaning can take place without worrying about the flooring.
Other rooms can have w/w carpeting as this can be cleaned by vacuuming and using a Bissel or rug washer (a must for dog owners).
Good luck,

Ande

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