Concrete Stomps Out All Other Flooring Options
Considering the amount of wear a floor gets in the presence of our beloved pets, concrete flooring is the best option for a new home or renovation. It has been my experience that laminate, while more durable when it comes to withstanding the power of those long nails, is less likely to withstand the moisture from an untimely accident.
My experience with laminate wood flooring is that while it does not easily scratch and is very easy to clean/maintain, small collections of standing liquid will cause the layers to separate as the liquid is absorbed into the floor. As this happens, corners of the flooring will begin to rise and the floor will become uneven, making it more likely that foot traffic will cause it to eventually chip away.
Replacing those planks are a pain. You’d have to take out sections of the floor since the pieces slide together like a puzzle.
I imagine replacing tile is more simple than replacing a damaged section of laminate flooring, and repairing a tile floor is not a task I opt to undertake.
Concrete vs. Wood Flooring
While I have found wood to be more resilient to a puddle that festers while I am away, it has a tendency to scratch easily. Overtime, the scratches multiply, giving the floor a less-than-new look that is likely to make you regret your decision. Reviving the wood requires stripping, sanding, and re-staining; a lengthy and rather dusty process.
Concrete on the other hand, is superior to laminate and wood. While concrete floors resist scratches and repel moisture, once they are sealed, they are as versatile as my desire for style is superb. Meaning, if I am in the market for a traditional look, I can choose a pattern that mimics wood grain and choose a light or dark stain. The result: the look of wood with the durability of concrete that can withstand the power of any energetic, determined and almost-hose broken pet.
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I have seen beautiful concrete floors that give the appearance of art deco designs, which look like carefully cut and placed stone slabs. I have also seen concrete floors that are stamped for an industrial appeal or stained to mimic the polished finish of contemporary tile.
While the cost of the concrete is going to be higher than that of laminate or wood, the upkeep in the long run is lower and less cumbersome than the other options.
The cost of concrete is broad because there are so many options, meaning that it is a flexible option for a wide array of buyers. The costs below are an average that includes cost of labor and materials.
A Quick Overview
- Average Cost : $5.25-7.76 per SF
- Easy to clean
- Difficult to scratch (not scratch resistant)
- Absorbs fluids and swells
- Chips easily
- Repairs are complex and costly
- Average Cost: $5.56-8.53 per SF
- Durable over time if refinishing them is a task you’re willing to tackle
- Higher maintenance than laminate both long-and short terms
- Surface scratches are common, visible, and difficult to avoid
- Resistant to pet accidents for longer durations than laminate
- Average Cost $2.50-30.00 SF
- Low maintenance
- Versatile in the desired design
- Able to withstand the most rugged of pets
- Extremely difficult to scratch
- Repels pet puddles for easy clean up for
As a result of the durability, low maintenance, and versatility in style and cost, I would argue that concrete is the way to go when choosing floors that will withstand the energy, playfulness and making of memories days spent with your favorite pets.