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Laminate Flooring

Flooring Type - Laminate

Some types of laminate flooring are very durable and can withstand most pet wear and tear without damaging. Compared to many floor types, laminate is also less expensive to buy, install, and repair, making it a popular choice with many pet owners. Note that stronger laminate types, such as high pressure laminate (HPL), generally come with a higher price tag. (Visit our Laminate Flooring section and learn more about HPL and other laminate floor types)

Pros

  • Hard, durable, scratch–resistant surface
  • Spills and accidents can be easily wiped up
  • Tougher laminate floor types may be glued to ensure a tighter fit; this can prevent moisture from passing through to the subfloor
  • Dust and allergens will not penetrate the surface

Cons

  • Can still be scratched
  • May swell or warp if left under standing liquid
  • Can be slippery when it has a smooth finish
  • Pets' nails may produce a clicking sound when walking on laminate
  • Chemicals used in construction and installation may bother pets (as well as homeowners) with allergies or asthma

Pet–Friendly Floor Tips – Laminate Flooring

  • Clean up spills, dirt and debris immediately
  • For a more durable floor, select laminate with a high Abrasion Class (AC) Rating. AC3, AC4 and AC5 are designed to handle heavy residential to commercial foot traffic
  • Replace damaged laminate floor planks to prevent moisture from seeping in and damaging the subfloor
  • Protect the subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment such as cork or foam rubber
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed
  • Put pet boots or nail caps on your pets to reduce slippage and floor damage
  • Choose larger laminate floor tiles or planks to minimize the number of seams (this may help reduce the risk of subfloor damage due to moisture absorption)
  • Place non–slip mats or rugs under food and water dishes, as well as in high–traffic pet areas
  • Choose high pressure laminate (HPL) rather than direct pressure laminate (DPL). The layers of HPL are treated separately and then combined to create a stronger and more resilient surface

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