03:12PM | 02/08/14
Member Since: 02/08/14
1 lifetime posts
I have several cats (declawed in front but not back) and am looking at changing to laminate flooring. I need suggestions. I am not sure if they will scratch it up. One occasionally urinates on the floor now. Do I need double underlayment. Any suggestions - please help.


05:30PM | 02/08/14
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
I have 2 small dogs and I have less scratches on my laminate than I do on my hardwood floor. When we shopped for laminate, I did a scratch test on every sample. If it indented with my fingernail, it was out. You have to clean up spills quickly with laminate. It can buckle if it gets in the seams. Not sure about the underlayment

David, Moderator

09:16PM | 02/08/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
261 lifetime posts
I agree with danielleb about doing the scratch test. All laminate flooring is not created equal. There are different levels of quality when it comes to the protective coating.
The purpose of the padding is to cushion and eliminate the friction between the two surfaces. The floor would be noisy and have a hollow sound without.
I have never doubled on padding. My only concern would be a mushy feeling.
As danielleb said about spills, they need to be cleaned up asap. Not only will they buckle but the edges will swell up.
Hope this helped
All about laminate floors


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.



Post_new_button or Login_button

If you are interested in more on landscaping, consider: Outdoor Lighting: 12 Products to Light Your Way On the... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon