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Flooring opinions / tile vs. wood vs. laminate

16 years ago

I'm really spending way too much time obsessing about this, but I just can't decide. Scenario is very active family - two kids, boy who loves hotwheels :o), 70 pound dog - we're going to be rough on the floor. I'm nitpicky - a scratch will drive me insane!

I know I'm doing tile in the kitchen, baths, laundry room, and entry way. Here's my dilemna - when you enter the house, you have the study to the right, dining room to the left, and great room immediately in front of you.

I'm leaning towards tile in the entry, wood in the study, dining room, great room, and then wood in all the bedrooms. However, I'm concerned about the durability of it. Will I be happier with the laminate? The echoing effect concerns me, although the house was insulated with Icynene, and I'm amazed at how little it echoes right now. What about the wood-look tiles??

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