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best flooring choice for house with kids and pets(7 posts)

best flooring choice for house with kids and petsColnagoFE
Sep 13, 2002 7:30 AM
When we moved in the people living there had put in white high pile carpet everywhere upstairs and on the stairs themselves. Also downstairs (which has ugly grey industrial carpet) is where the kids play and the dogs and cats occasionally pee so it smells really bad down there and we want to replace with something else that will be better with kids and dogs. Any recommendations? We have hardwood on the main floor but probably not a good option for the downstairs. Anyone use the Pergo laminate stuff I wa thinking this might be a better alternative than carpet. Anything else I should consider?
Marmoleum or marmoretteRoyGBiv
Sep 13, 2002 9:25 AM
It goes by different names for different manufacturers.
It's like linoleum but it's tough a steel.

http://www.ifloor.com/linoleum/linoleumfloor.shtml

Try Forbo and Armstrong links.
Cement with a floor drain... nmrwbadley
Sep 13, 2002 11:00 AM
and overhead sprinklerscarnageasada
Sep 13, 2002 12:33 PM
Fake wood flooring takes a beating, looks fineDale Brigham
Sep 13, 2002 12:51 PM
A bit over a year ago, my wife and I had Alloc brand wood laminate installed in our kitchen and adjoining bathroom. We have been very happy with the choice. The floor looks good (gets lots of compliments) and has withstood a dropped 1.5 liter bottle of red wine that exploded on impact. Result: a very small chip out of a floor section that could be seen only close up. Probably could not even find it now.

Regards,

Dale
my parents have pergo- As long as my tires are cleanC-mond
Sep 14, 2002 10:53 PM
they can't tell if I pop wheelies in the living room.
and walk around in bike cleats without being reproved

it looks nice too
2 kids, 2 big dogs, dirt driveway and laminate, year 4Silverback
Sep 16, 2002 9:17 AM
Our house came with butt-ugly indoor/outdoor carpet in the kitchen. We had two teen-agers at home at the time, plus a German shepherd and a collie and a long dirt driveway we share with another house, so there's always crud getting tracked in. I put in Al-Loc laminate (like Pergo, but it snaps together instead of being glued) three years ago last April.
We've made no special effort to protect it or keep it clean beyond a rug to wipe your feet on and a weekly (or so) mopping. Still looks like new. Which is not to say it looks like wood, but the stuff appears to be bulletproof and it looks plenty good enough for me. It's pretty easy to install yourself, too.
Two warnings for any rigid flooring like that: Follow EXACTLY the instructions for leveling the floor beneath. You may think the covering will hide a 1/8 inch low spot, but it won't. They make a concrete-like compound (I forget what it's called, but the guy at the store will know) that you level with a straightedge. Take your time and do it right. And figure out the pattern, if any, before you start. When you're halfway done is too late to realize it won't work.