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Asked on Mar 24, 2018

We have carpet & dogs. Cheapest & best flooring to replace carpet?

SheilaLisa S.Itsmemic


Our house is 15 yrs old and time to make it new again on a budget. We want flooring that will last but not break the bank? Suggestions please
q we have carpet dogs cheapest best flooring to replace carpet
15 yr old carpet that has survived kids, dogs and cats. GROSS
11 answers
  • Chubby58
    on Mar 24, 2018

    I think you’re best bet would be luxury vinyl planks.
  • Teresa
    on Mar 24, 2018

    Laminate flooring is more durable with the dogs, affordable & very inexpensive. There is a lot of laminate now that is beautiful & in many choices! Good Luck!
  • Betsy
    on Mar 24, 2018

    If you want carpeting, see if there are any bolt ends or remnants on sale. The new laminate flooring is nice. You may have a Discount Flooring or Lumber Liquidators near you, maybe they have some of the laminate or carpeting there.
  • Hardwood would be my first choice, but it is expensive. I am not a fan of laminate, I just ripped a bunch of it our and am replacing with hardwood. For high traffic areas, I would go with vinyl, as it takes a beating, is easy to clean and budget friendly.
  • Cindy
    on Mar 24, 2018

    We have laminate flooring that looks like wood. Easy to clean. Great with our 2 dogs and 1 cat. Very affordable. Money saving tip: purchase the flooring yourself and hire a contractor to handle the installment. We did this with our back splash. Saved a lot. We purchased the tile from a local store and we found our contractor on They do background checks on all their contractors and provide customer reviews too. And, here's the best part, it's free. Good luck.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Mar 24, 2018

    I have heard that the vinyl plank is more durable than the laminate, it doesn't have as much trouble with the pets nails and running around and is also more water resistant than laminate. The vinyl won't lift up and expand as the laminate does with moisture. With dogs going in and out, wet feet will always happen and not always get caught right away. We have four dogs and a hybrid cat (that is always chased by the puppy), and a doggy door, so we constantly have either wet and muddy or dusty feet coming in the house. When we were checking out what would be better, we were advised to go the laminate plank and that we would be able to easily install it ourselves on top of the hardwood flooring that the dogs were being very hard on. No real prep, no padding to install, just cut to fit and snap together and tap with a rubber mallet. The tools needed are a sharp blade, straight edge and mallet, all of which you can get where the flooring is and don't cost a fortune.
  • Caseyem11
    on Mar 25, 2018

    You may want to check out a product called coretek. It is an easy to install floating floor that clicks together, has a cork substrate and is waterproof. I put it in my foyer and kitchen. Easy to clean and sound absorbing.
  • Debker
    on Mar 25, 2018

    I am a linoleum person and always will be, laminate can get wet between the seams when you have pets, if you go with lino, you can get lino that looks like laminate and is much easier to care for!
  • Itsmemic
    on Mar 26, 2018

    A tip from a multi dog owner... When shopping for new dog friendly flooring? I bring my car keys in the store . When the salesman raves about the durability of the floor...I take out my keys...and on the SAMPLE he is showing me...dig my keys in and scratch the sample..HARD ! Even THEY are shocked at how their best and most costly flooring rips like tissue paper. Now imagine your dogs running through your home? This made my flooring purchase for the right floor...easy. :)
  • Lisa S.
    on Mar 26, 2018

    Sheet Vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood floors. Then use bound area rugs or fake Orientals for warmth / accent in each area. When those rugs get dirty - throw them. I have Sheet Vinyl flooring which looks like hardwood floors in my kitchen. Many have thought it was real hardwood. Been down for years with dogs - looks great.
  • Sheila
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Thanks everyone for helps in trying to make a tough decision. Gonna speak with a contractor tomorrow
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