A few years ago I was faced with a problem. I owned a very sweet French bull dog name Rudy who suffered greatly from an anxiety disorder. Problem: he hated to be left alone and noises scared him. My carpet was the dumping ground for his anxiety disorder–literally, I came home to urine and/or feces daily. I tried crating him and he bruised his snout badly trying to push between the bars. I tried medication, confinement in the kitchen and even a dog door but still found accidents on my living room carpet.
I desperately needed a new floor after 6 months of owning him. He had gotten in the habit of soiling the carpet, so to break the habit I needed to remove the old carpet which, regardless of all the cleaning, still smelled to the dog like the place to use the bathroom. So I ran through my options: new carpet, laminate, hardwood, or tile. After much research of costs and materials, I was disheartened. Carpet was definatelly out–I don’t believe in repeating mistakes. I couldn’t afford hardwood. Tile was cheaper and durable, but labor intensive and difficult for me to install myself. I certainly couldn’t afford the installation of tile over such a large area.
Laminate, although affordable and easy to install, is prone to warping if wetness leaks into the core. I even considered vinyl sheeting, like most people have in the kitchen or bathroom, but really didn’t want the look in my living room. The more attractive vinyl planking was not yet an available flooring product, which is unfortunate as I have since installed it in my bedroom and it was worth the money paid. Speaking of the money paid, the contractor I hired tried to really stick it to me as far as the cost for installation. I’m lucky that I hadn’t signed the contract when I used an online vinyl flooring calculator, and found out he was price gouging me. Luckily, I was able to negotiate a more fair price after that.
It still looks good and and still get unsolicited compliments from all who visit. And that sweet, tinkler Rudy is now my ex-husband’s responsibility.