Flooring for High Traffic Areas in Home with Pets and Kids
LESLIE: Elaine in Delaware needs some help with a flooring project. What can we do for you?
ELAINE: I’m mainly concerned about the fact that I have some rescue animals and some kids. And every time I try to think of what I can do – when I lift up this rug and put a surface down, I need something durable. And I thought of wood and then I thought of Pergo and everybody says, “No, the dog will scratch it or the kids will scratch it.” And then I saw something at a hospital the other day – actually, you know, like an x-ray area, where it takes a lot of traffic.
ELAINE: And it looked like a heavy-duty plastic, plasticized type of imitation wood. And I tried to find out where they got it from but it’s nothing I can find in going to the local shops, like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
TOM: Right. It might have been luxury vinyl, although I doubt that in a hospital. What I think you might want to consider is laminate. Pergo is just one brand of laminate. But remember that there are different finishes on these floors and you want to find one that has a commercial finish.
LESLIE: That will make it the most durable.
TOM: Yeah, really super-durable.
I think the best option here and the one that’s most accessible is to think about using laminate flooring. Laminate flooring can look like wood, it could look like tile, it can look like vinyl. And if you get one that has a commercial-grade finish on it, it can clearly stand up to the kids and the dogs.
ELAINE: I appreciate that very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Elaine. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.