When Chad and Nicole bought their house, they got a small allowance for new floor covering. I’m not sure about the amount but it definitely wasn’t enough money for the amount of floor covering that needed to be replaced. They’ve lived there for about 1-1/2 years now. The carpet was old but it wasn’t horrible . . until their BIG dog had a few accidents, then . . the living room carpet had to go. They’ve been debating about what to do. They didn’t want more carpet. They didn’t want to spend the money for real hardwood with the dog, they were thinking about tile but what they wanted was more $$ than they wanted to spend.
Last week, Chad was at a friend’s house, saw their new laminate flooring that they put in themselves and he immediately went out and bought something similar.
They’ve spent the last couple of nights getting it installed in the living room. I was there yesterday and they still have to put some kind of pads on the bottom of their furniture and then move it back in and one room will be done. They still have a hallway, foyer, dining room and office type room to be done. I think they are going to put tile in the bathrooms and kitchen but that will come later.
It looks so good and I know they are really happy to be rid of the old carpet in that room.
I just put that in my Sewing/Quilting space and I love it – they will enjoy it MUCH more than the carpet, for sure!
Judy H says
Laminate will buckle if water (or pee) stands on it. They’ll need an absorbent mat around the dog water and be vigilant about any further accidents. Might be a good idea to keep some spare slats on hand, too. I know people with pets who wish they’d gone with full on tile. It is very pretty, though!
Some of the new laminents are waterproof! Probably more expensive, but it would be a bonus if that’s the kind they got!
Toni Macomb says
I have laminate and I too had been warned about the problems with water and pets. I’ve had mine 5 years and it has survived a leaky refrigerator…who knows how long it went undiscovered and five dogs of my own, one with kidney disease. Plus I’ve fostered several male pups that “marked”. I don’t know that mine was waterproof, I got from Costco but I have no separation or damage. I’m so happy with it!
Linda in NE says
That flooring looks very similar to what my son put in the kids’ rooms, upstairs hallway and loft area. They really like it. They put down laminate in a previous house and had no problems until an undiscovered leak in the upstairs bathroom caused the kitchen ceiling to fall down and water went everywhere. That did cause the laminate to buckle & the subfloor under it to swell. Fixed the leak, re-drywalled the ceiling and put down new laminate. Actually, they’ve put down laminate flooring in every house they’ve lived in so I guess they are happy with it.
We had waterproof laminate put in the kitchen, laundry room and 2 hallways and we love it !!! My dog has carpets she walks on ! LOL
Nelle Coursey says
I was so thrilled to get that old carpeting out of my house!! I have not done anything to the floor yet but I am intending to try to make it look better. Too much water over using water in cleaning the carpet.
Nelle Coursey says
You remember how good Georgia’s floors looked. She did most of that herself.
Paul installed a hardwood something, similar to Pergo, but it wasn’t, and it was so beautiful. Noisy, but beautiful. =) This is a pretty look, and I hope they got extra in case of a mess at some point. You won’t be able to match it even in just six months.
When my daughter installed new flooring they installed a very nice tile that looked like wood. Works great! The dogs nails have no impact. She wishes they could have added in floor heat but still loves the ease of cleaning and maintenance.
Judy Laquidara says
That’s what I would use if I were re-doing my house. I agree with the floor heat but will probably never have it. I just commented on how cold our file floors are and this is August . . in Texas.