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Question DetailsAsked on 9/19/2014

can I replace wooden window sills with quartz

dog is jumping on sill to look out of the window and the wood is gouged

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Certainly you could, but with most window types that means taking the window out because the sill generally goes in under the window as the bottom part of the frame. Likely to cost seeral hundred $ to do that, assuming normal size window.

Easier solutions:

1) train the dog not to jump up on it

2) overlay the visible portion with a thin wear-resistant surface such as melamine, laminate flooring, adhesive-backed decorative tile or vinyl flooring, or even artificial countertop material as you are saying or a decorative material like copper sheeting - can be adhered with adhesive (type depending on material used) so the window does not have to be removed. Or stick-on velcro which you can buy in several foot strips and rolls at fabric, home improvement, and online stores like Amazon. Might even work if adhered with double-sided carpet tape so as to not as permanently affect the wood sill.

3) build a little platform in front of the window so the dog has a place to sit and look out window - though if it is a frantic window scratcher at things outside rather than just putting its paws up to be able to see outside, that would just move the scratch marks up the side of the frame.

4) make a padded, quilted overlay for the window sill - I would use sticky-backed velcro tape on the sill itself (on top right in front of window and on the underside of the sill overhang) with matching velcro on the padded overlay so it can be peeled off to run through the washing machine to clean paw dirt and drool off. For a thinnner surface which might work, through probably not as long, you could use several layers of ripstop nylon sewn together - or for a vigorous dog, maybe kevlar (yes, you can buy Kevlar fabric - both a fabric and as protective arm and leg sleeves that might work).

5) put a couch or chair or ottoman in front of the window, with heavy washable throw quilt or blanket over it (heavy to resist claws and also to hold it in place when dog jumps up - drape well over back), for dog to stand on to look out.

If you do put something on the sill itself to protect it or conceal wear, bear in mind the need to be able to remove it for cleaning and drying if you live in an area where your windows get wet from condensation or even ice in the wintertime, otehrwise you will risk creating a mold farm. Certainly, in that case, an inorganic material would be best.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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