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noclue1971

03:12PM | 02/08/14
Member Since: 02/08/14
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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.

danielleb

05:30PM | 02/08/14
Member Since: 12/20/10
127 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
264 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
David
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