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Old 02-22-05, 12:52 PM
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How do hardwood/pergo floors and dogs mix?

I was thinking of replacing my beaten down carpet with pergo or something similar in the main areas of my house but have two medium size dogs (age 5 & 2) that still have energy, tearing around the house. Would I be throwing money away doing this? How do these types of floors hold up to dog wear?
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I'd also like to know the answer to this question. My kitchen floor is really old and crappy and I want to replace it, but my dog still messes in the corner.
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My dog is about 60 pounds and all nails. He rips through the house (mostly pergo) and doesnt leave a mark. If there ever is a mark its because his claw has rubbed off on the pergo and is cleaned up easily. Hardness of pergo > dog toe nail. So far the only marks ive got on it have been little chips from when i drop something heavy with corners, like a pair of plyers.
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If you stick with the new synthetics (like Pergo) they hold up quite well compared to regular hardwood floors. They aren't completely unscratchable, but I don't think that dogs can cause much of a problem at all.

Go to your local Home Depot or Lowes, and check out those scratch demo planks. They have some out with blunt objects (like a hammer) and you can see how hard it is to scratch.
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Try the keys test (like the Home Depot guy showed me).

Take a sample of each (hardwood and Pergo). Take you keys and "whip" the sample of each with them. See the scratched on the HW, none on the Pergo.

Also, there is regular maintenance needed with hardwood, none with Pergo. Pergo is very easy to install.
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Our 40+ pound dog hasn't left any marks on our laminate floors.
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They mix fairly well, but you need a serious blender.
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My Aussie doesn't seem to have much effect on our flooring. It's holding up quite well. He doesn't get much traction when scampering through the kitchen, though.
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One thing to consider is the noise. Go walk around on some Pergo, and you will notice that it sounds very hollow (even loud sometimes). This is true of all "floating" floors that I have seen. Now imagine your dog and his paws and claws going across it often. If that noise doesn't bother you, then Pergo is definately the answer, as it will hold up very well.

Personally, I don't like the sound of walking on Pergo floors.
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We have 2 cats and I hear them walking across the floor every time. Didn't stop e from adding 350+ Sq. Feet this weekend to our upstairs. If you are looking now, Costco (at least in CA) is having their 2X/Year deal on their Pergo knockoff. It works out to about $1.25/Sq. Foot.

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