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Best floors - laminate or engineer wood?

Well, we have started looking towards the future when our pups are housetrained and are looking for input on which surface flooring is best for a home with dogs - laminate floors or engineered wood.

We live in Florida so we have a concrete footer, which makes true wood floors an engineering nightmare that is cost prohibitive. I know tile is great, and we have a lot of tile in our house - all the major traffic areas and are tile. We would like the look of wood to add some warmth.

Please weigh in with your opinion, laminate or engineered wood flooring, to hold up to possible future urine puddles, water drips, and scratches.

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no laminate!

Our dogs don't often pee in the house but when they have, it buckles the laminate. We can see all over our home where the dogs peed, and we wiped it up right away!

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Good to know. Thanks for sharing your experience. If this is the case, then I would expect water drips from their bears would do the same thing.

Anyone else have experience and opinions to share?

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I can't address peeing...but my friend's daughter in Orlando had some rain intrusion into their house with laminate wood floors and they are ruined, where real wood would have been okay. The laminate definitely can't take much water. I don't think I'd use it.

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What about reclaimed wood? It's engineered and IMO looks amazing!

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And the messes continue....poor Bella had diarrhea this evening. Many more spots that just won't ever be the same on our carpet.

Can't blame that one on not being housetrained - but I sure wish I had caught her before she started, there was no stopping it once it started.

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I would say no to laminate but you have problems with engineered wood too. It has a thin layer of real wood over a composite base. We just put one in one of the houses we sold. Though they can come with a 25 year warranty, they can only be scraped and polyurethaned two to three times for the life of the product. OTOH, they come in many wood options, narrow or wide plank, even hand scraped so they can look great.

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What about bamboo? Would that work with the concrete footer?

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Natalie, she can't use any traditional hardwood flooring without foating the floor which is an expensive alternative, that's why the engineered wood. It can be laid on concrete.

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A *great* alternative, IMHO -

If you are open to tile, which it sounds like you are, do you know they now manufacture tiles that look just like hardwood? There are several versions out now, and they all look great (at least to me).

I would DEFINITELY not do laminate. As for the engineered wood, I'm not a huge fan, although it is a better choice than laminate. I know this is a "quirk" of me (and I have many), but I could never get past the way it sounds when you walk on it. Sounds....hollow or something. I don't know why that bothers me so much, but it does.

I would look into the tile that looks like wood. Have seen several rooms done in this recently, and one entire house. It really does look amazing, and you then have the durability of tile, but with the appearance you are seeking.
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