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...