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laponytail
? Flooring that stands up to dog accidents ?
laponytail

Due to elderly dogs what type of flooring will best stand up to bathroom accidents?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Any solid surface will suffice, vinyl is cheap and good, tile is good too. Stay away from wood, laminates, and segmented vinyl, as all of these will absorb accidents through seams between pieces.

dj1
Re: ? Flooring that stands up to dog accidents ?
dj1

As a dog owner, you probably know that a wood floor or laminate floor is not good enough.

You need a floor that will be easy to clean and won't be affected by what the dog drops. Tile or vinyl are good choices indeed, as Spruce mentioned above.

ed21
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ed21

But the accidents usually seem to happen on the carpet don't they.:(

A. Spruce
Re: ? Flooring that stands up to dog accidents ?
A. Spruce
ed21 wrote:

But the accidents usually seem to happen on the carpet don't they.:(

Well, sure, now that you've jinxed it Ed! :rolleyes:;):p:cool:

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

I recommend coved* vinyl for this so that cleaning the floor can be done thoroughly and easily with no more than a mop. Tile grout will need frequent resealing and the hard surface is rough on their feet and slippery too. You'll have to keep claws clipped and the vinyl will have accelerated wear so you'll be replacing it often or you will have to buy a commercial "battleship" vinyl which is much thicker, far more durable, and has fewer pattern and color choices- not to mention it's higher cost.

* "Coving" is where the vinyl curves upward at the walls over a 'filler strip' and goes up the wall or onto the baseboards for a couple inches where a trim strip finishes the edge. You don't see this done much outside of some commercial kitchens but it's SO much easier to maintain and a whole lot more waterproof. Sometimes I'll cove an otherwise standard flat vinyl install onto cabinet toe-kicks when the floor is unlevel causing any water to tend to run under the cabinets. If the baseboard is absent I like to do the same behind it, holding the base up slightly and letting the shoe molding 'take the water' so that the floor and baseboard doesn't get wet and rot, only the shoe molding. Makes for a lot fewer floor repairs!

Phil

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