best materials to use for stairs going up from an entryway into a living room.
lesmae
May 4, 2013
any ideas? i am having a main entryroom built that will have stairs going up a to the living area. i have several large active dogs and do not want to use carpet or easily scratched wood.
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Ironwood Builders
So after wood and carpet we have tile, rubber, linoleum, steel and concrete. Any of these sound right to you?
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Dytecture
tiles would provide the lowest maintenance for animals.
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lesmae
are there tiles that are less likely to chip or crack? plan on using gray slate on the entryway floor. will this work for stairs also? are there wood laminates that hold up better than others?
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Scott Design, Inc.
Slippery and hard materials on your steps will be aggravating to your active large breed dogs' legs/hips/ligaments and expensive to you if they tear their ACL, etc. Build people-friendly stairs and then use a tight weave carpet runner with the understanding you will be changing it out periodically. Your dogs will stay in shape and people should also find it beneficial.
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Wyland Interior Design Center
Stranded Bamboo is one of the hardest woods on the market right now (over 3 times harder than oak) and doesn't scratch very easily. Porcelain tiles are extremely durable also, especially the through body porcelain tiles. They come in many styles, textures and colors. Many look exactly like natural stone. Like what I used on the floor in both of these projects.
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Wyland Interior Design Center
I forgot to attach the Stranded Bamboo photo.
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Luka Jacobsen
There are tiles that resemble wood. Much easier to maintain with dogs.
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