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Old September 16, 2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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I am looking into replacing all the floors in my home and having them installed. I am in the Houston area, two story house. I foster for a local animal shelter and having a rotating door of house guest who are not always well trained so I am looking for waterproof, and something easy to clean and disinfect. My question is since I am not a "normal household" should I go with a commercial grade product? Is this something that would be able to be put on stairs? Also what brands are the most durable and what questions should I be asking when selecting a product. I have only been doing research on the best flooring options and I like the wood look to the vinyl planks but if there is something better please feel free to let me know.
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Old September 16, 2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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WaterPROOF? That might not be possible with luxury vinyl plank flooring. Each join between planks or tiles is susceptible to moisture damage. As long as you are having the flooring installed, look at some of the sheet vinyl flooring available. There are some with realistic wood looks, high durability and with no seams, liquids from the surface would not damage the substrate. I'll let others make their brand and product suggestions - I've been away from sales too long.

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Old September 16, 2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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This is why I am asking. I have been to some pet expos and there are actual flooring booths who say it is water proof. Also the armstrong site says they have a water proof type. I just don't always believe someone when they are selling a product. I am wanting a non biased opinion. thank you. I will start looking at the sheet vinyl. Would that be something that could be installed on a stairs?

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Old September 16, 2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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There are lots of woodgrain sheet vinyls out there. As Jim said, you will do better with a seamless product (obviously, you will need seams, but they will be treated with seam sealers). My personal favourite is Mannington Sobella/Sobella Supreme. Sheet vinyl is also practical on stairs as well. Be prepared to have underlay included in your budget.

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Old September 16, 2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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we use epoxy glue in commercial toillets to make vinyl planks waterproof.

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Old September 18, 2012, 06:05 AM   #6
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I think what they are usually referring to is vinyl as a whole is waterproof, you can stick a piece of vinyl (pending it is not filled with recycled post consumer stuff) in a bucket of water and it will not ruin it. Now what jim said is 100% true, the damage water can cause with not really be to the planks or tile, but if it seeps down under them. This is where glue can be effected, as well as simply having moisture underneath that could turn to mildew or mold. sheet vinyl would work for this, and also the use of other products depend upon how much water the planks are exposed to. Standing water, water from the subfloor ie conctrete moisture etc...

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Dave and I did a job many years ago where we ripped out 160 yards of dog urine and poop saturated carpet and underpad (it went out onto the lawn to be picked up and hauled off to the dump), told the homeowner to paint all the floors, then we sheeted the entire house to prepare for woodgrain vinyl sheetgoods. Why? The homeowner was a dog breeder and although she had about 150 dogs outside in outbuildings and pens, her favourite 40 were kept in the house. Yes, 40 little dogs... We had to return later to re-seam seal because the acid in pooling urine compromised the seams (Domco product). Disgusting.

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Old September 18, 2012, 11:23 AM   #8
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Ok I don't have anything like that. I just bring in an extra dog or two at a time and work with them until they are medically and behaviorally adoptable. I tend to stay away from puppies and if I do bring a pup it stays on tile in the house. I had carpet down stairs, but it was the original carpet in the house and very old, went with laminate and honestly not pleased so looking for something that can occasionally have an accident but be cleaned and disinfected and maintained. I have been looking at the sheet vinyl as suggested, compared to the plank and while I like the looks of the plank better, the sheet will probably last longer which is the end goal. I have a feeling cost for all the non tiled floors to be high. I don't want to do this every year... I have an appointment with a local flooring company to see some samples so hopefully we are headed in the right direction.

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Old September 18, 2012, 12:36 PM   #9
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I hope you keep us informed on the progress, maybe even share some pictures (a doggy picture here an' there wouldn't upset us neither ).

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certain stone/ceramic tiles heavily sealed with epoxy grout
terrazzo
sealed concrete
epoxy paint/compounds


there's no CHEAP plastic/vinyl alternative that can withstand a lot of urine.

were I so limited because of budget that I had to use a vinyl sheet goods or plank I'd use epoxy adhesive as recommended above or use a COMMERCIAL grade sheet vinyl that was heat welded at the seams.

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