New flooring; hardwood or....?
I have an area approximately 17x40 that needs new flooring. There is an L shaped kitchen along one narrow end and then part way down a long wall; I do not plan to move the cabinets to refloor. One half of the area currently has sheet vinly with underlayment; the other half is OSB subfloor (carpeting has been removed.)
Tile is out - we have a family member who is a very frequent guest and who weighs 450#, a basement under the area with wooden beams supporting the floor; even with underlayment there is just too much 'give' to the area.
Sheet vinyl is out - too many seams, and we as a family are rough on floors - the current vinyl was gouged within a few days.
Carpet is out - I am in the process of removing all carpeting from the house for health reasons.
I am looking at various wood type options. I don't think that the laminated wood floors would do well, related to us being rough on flooring. I think that we need something that can be repaired/refinished, or have pieces that can easily be replaced, but I'm not sure what that might be. I haven't been able to obtain much information from the respresentatives at our 3 local home improvement centers - Menards, Home Depot, Lowe's.
We will be hiring the installation done, so skill level isn't a deciding factor.
If anyone has any suggestions, I would very much appreciate them!