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Preferred flooring?

We happen to be replacing our floors right now, it doesn’t really have anything to do with the puppy we’re getting this weekend, but because of the timing I started thinking. We’re replacing the carpet in our family room and office with laminate, and we were going to continue it into the mudroom, which will be the puppy’s domain, simply because it’s adjoining and the current flooring isn’t my favorite. We plan to crate train and eventually allow freedom within the mudroom when we aren’t home. I’m suddenly thinking we should forgo the laminate in there and use something else. I would love tile, but I know some tile and especially grout can be an issue with accidents. What kind of flooring do you prefer? If you have grout, how often do you have to seal it? If we decide to tile I have to decide today. The other rooms are almost done, and the old flooring is already ripped out, so I’d have to get a cheap box of vinyl plank or sheet vinyl or something to put down until we can tackle it in a couple of weeks.

Regardless, I know it really comes down to supervision and making sure accidents aren’t soaking on the floor, but I wonder if anyone has preferences.
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I have laminate in the back of my house, kitchen and family room. We spend most of our time there and I love the floor. Iím thinking of replacing the worn out hardwoods in the living room and my office. Tile, to me, seems to be a geographic decision. I live outside Philly. If I lived in Florida Iíd get tile. I have bamboo at my shore house and love that too.

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If its a small room and you are trying to be budget wise, I would use rectified porcelain tile. This means the edges are cut precisely like stone that make it easy to be set with almost no grout line (provided you get a good installer). The new porcelains have tons of patterns that look like stone, or hardwood, or plain. Make sure the grout looks exactly like the main color in your tile. That will give you the cleanest look.
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I would like to use a tile that looks like brick, and I have seen a few like that made from porcelain so they arenít porous like natural stone/brick. I think thatís what youíre describing. Itís the grout Iím most concerned about, since grout is porous and can hold odors. So if Iím following you, youíre suggesting laying the tile so thereís as little grout as possible to stain and hold pet odors? I think that suggestion makes my decision. We have enough laminate left between our overage and skipping these rooms to use elsewhere, and I do really like it, so itís not going to be wasted. I think Iíll start looking at tile! But Iíll wait until after the holidays and everyoneís adjusted to start a big project.
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Only RECTIFIED Porcelain tile can be laid as tight as natural stone. The secret is in the sharpness of the edges of the tile, and the accuracy of the right angle cutting. So far porcelain tiles are the only tiles with rectified edges. Ceramic tile is cheaper but can not have rectified edges like porcelain. The difference is in the physical properties of porcelain versus ceramic. There are porcelain tiles that are NOT rectified, so if you want very little grout, you must specify you want only rectified porcelain and an installer that knows how to lay it.

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I don't know anything about flooring, but it sounds like Nancy does! Good luck with the project!

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Only RECTIFIED Porcelain tile can be laid as tight as natural stone. The secret is in the sharpness of the edges of the tile, and the accuracy of the right angle cutting. So far porcelain tiles are the only tiles with rectified edges. Ceramic tile is cheaper but can not have rectified edges like porcelain. The difference is in the physical properties of porcelain versus ceramic. There are porcelain tiles that are NOT rectified, so if you want very little grout, you must specify you want only rectified porcelain and an installer that knows how to lay it.
You must be my flooring soul mate Nancy! My H and I had the natural stone vs. rectified porcelain debate when we built our house. Stone won for our master bath but we used recified porcelain in other bathrooms and love it.

As for the worry of grout absorbing urine, a grout that is fortified and sealed properly shouldn't absorb odors. Actually tile would still be better than laminate in areas where you think liquid accidents might be an issue, if liquid seeps into the joints/seams of the laminate it will soak into the underlayment which is usually a particleboard type material. That will not only absorb odors but it will sometimes swell up. So another thing to research when choosing your laminate, some are better than others with this issue.
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I thought we chose our laminate not so much specifically for the puppy, but keeping in mind we would be getting one. It has ďspillshieldĒ for water and spills left for up to 72 hours. I just found out when I glanced at the materials that came with it that itís against ďeverydayĒ spills, and of course the warranty doesnít extend to pet accidents. I should have known it was too good to be true! But it wouldnít have changed my mind about installing it everywhere else because I do really like it. Iím just glad I noticed before we installed it in the mudroom because we have a chance to choose something more puppy-proof if we want to.

My mom just installed rectified tile when she built her house recently and I didnít realize thatís what it was. I do like it a lot - it looks like there isnít grout and the tiles are nice and big. I have looked at larger tiles like that for my kidsí bath walls where theyíre really hard on the drywall with water from the shower.

I also just read that someone tried a different formulation of Natureís Miracle on grout, not expecting it to work because she had tried other things, and the smell came out. I get the feeling if we supervise the way we are supposed to there arenít as many problems, but itís good to know there are options for occasional accidents.
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I thought we chose our laminate not so much specifically for the puppy, but keeping in mind we would be getting one. It has ďspillshieldĒ for water and spills left for up to 72 hours. I just found out when I glanced at the materials that came with it that itís against ďeverydayĒ spills, and of course the warranty doesnít extend to pet accidents. I should have known it was too good to be true! But it wouldnít have changed my mind about installing it everywhere else because I do really like it. Iím just glad I noticed before we installed it in the mudroom because we have a chance to choose something more puppy-proof if we want to.

My mom just installed rectified tile when she built her house recently and I didnít realize thatís what it was. I do like it a lot - it looks like there isnít grout and the tiles are nice and big. I have looked at larger tiles like that for my kidsí bath walls where theyíre really hard on the drywall with water from the shower.

I also just read that someone tried a different formulation of Natureís Miracle on grout, not expecting it to work because she had tried other things, and the smell came out. I get the feeling if we supervise the way we are supposed to there arenít as many problems, but itís good to know there are options for occasional accidents.
The larger the tile the better (fewer grout lines) AND it makes a small room look larger!
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Except for the kitchen and bath rooms, our entire house is hardwood with oriental rugs... Hardly"pee-proof". When our dogs were little, we had a sheet of remnant vinyl flooring we put under the expen they stayed in when not being closely supervised. We just made sure they didn't potty where they shouldn't We've had no problem with the dogs on either our hardwoods or our rugs. We ARE having two rooms refinished... Our (now grown sons' bedrooms! LOL!)


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