I have a particle board subfloor with a crawlspace underneath, I need suggestions for any kind of flooring (except carpet) that will be durable for a 83 pound German shepherd.
Full-strand bamboo flooring is far denser than traditional hardwood, and it can look just as natural and nice (in my opinion).
While I've only had it for a few months, I haven't noticed any scratches from my 70lb dog.
- Can often be cheaper than hardwood (though current economic tariffs may affect this).
- Is far more renewable than hardwood (Oak - 50+ years, Bamboo - 7 years)
I also considered tile, which my in-laws have. They have a 120lb leonberger. Their floors have held up perfectly so far.
I used this product Pergo Flooring and it has held up just fine with my 120lb Goldendoodle, who drags his feet...
Now, I didn't use this exact colour, but I did use this line. I will be putting more down in my living room and dining room (probably this weekend). I have put it in our family room, which we use quite heavily. It worked well for me and my family (2 kids 3 and under in addition to my 120lb dog). I imagine it would be fine for you.
You could go with laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is rated by "wear level":
- AC1 - Residential use with moderate traffic. For example, a bedroom
- AC2 - Residential use with general traffic. For example, a living room
- AC3 - Residential use with heavy traffic or commercial settings with moderate traffic. This rating should work well in any residential room, or maybe a small office.
- AC4 - Commercial use with general traffic. This would be suitable for a general office
- AC5 - Commercial use with heavy traffic. For example, a public building or mall.
I've seen recommendations for AC3 or greater to help reduce the risk of nail damage. I had some dog nail damage near the front door in some hardwood flooring and replaced it with AC4 laminate and haven't had any issues.
AC4 wasn't a lot more expensive than AC3, but had fewer styles available.
Your first option is tile or stone flooring which is very durable and easy to clean. Definitely water and stain-resistant. Bamboo flooring is also a good option because it gives you the look of natural wood but is pretty sturdy, scratch and stain resistant as well. Luxury vinyl flooring is another option and a cheaper alternative for tile/stone flooring. It is also pet-friendly and water-resistant.