We had a question posed on our post on Hardwood Floors vs. Vinyl Plank Floors. I think it may be a common enough issue that I didn't want to leave it buried way down in the comments section.
Ann wrote: "We have two large dogs and we are involved in rescue so we occasionally foster. Can you recommend a product that will be the most durable and least succeptibile to scratches? Also, warmest under foot as we live in Minnesota.im assuming the vinyl is warmer than tile at least."Hi, Ann,
|The best balance of your two needs will come with a laminate floor, specifically a 12mm thick one for warmth, one with no pad pre-attached, and with an AC rating, the laminate durability rating, of at least 3 or 4. We do carry some AC4 rated laminates from time to time. It's a commercial grade floor and we tend to sell to home owners, but when we can get it we do because better is... well, better. You can put a commercial quality floor in your home, and it will just be that much tougher. For the dogs a stone or ceramic tile would be the absolute best, as you probably know - it's all slabs of rock, basically - but you're right that it will give you a cold floor. Laminate would be next on the list for surface durability because it is usually coated with aluminum oxide, which is very tough stuff. For instance, we recommend no one walk on hardwood flooring with high heels, not on any hardwood. Most laminate? It's pretty much not a big deal, walk all you like.||[caption id="attachment_5375" align="alignright" width="268" caption="AC4 Rated Flooring"][/caption]|
I also recommend a laminate for the warmth. It's thicker than vinyl, enough to overcome the differences in density. 12mm is the thickest made, so look for those. Also you will have padding under a laminate floor. With much vinyl you not only won't, but you can't.
Now I recommended that you buy a floor without padding attached. This is to give you some freedom. There is a limit to the amount of padding that can go under a floor, usually up to 4-5mm, and if you already have 2mm attached, you're only likely to find a 2mm pad to roll under and add warmth. There are other pads made of felt, rubber and other materials which are designed to add warmth, but they come 4-5mm thick already, so those would not be options under a product that already comes with 2mm of attached padding. This is such an important factor for some people that we carry two lines, Timeless Elegance and Grand Elegance. These are basically the exact same floors, but Timeless always comes with attached pad, and Grand always doesn't.
[caption id="attachment_5344" align="alignright" width="395" caption="Grand Elegance Laminate Flooring"][/caption] So look for a 12mm thick, AC3-4 rated laminate floor with aluminum oxide on the top and a well chosen pad designed for warmth is the ticket for the situation you've described.
I hope this is helpful!
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