Stone or wood for living room/kitchen

jockewingMay 13, 2011

I have an open concept living/dining/kitchen and I would like to replace the existing standard grade beige ceramic tiles with something much nicer. I would guess the total square feet of the area to be covered at about 600 sq feet.

I absolutely love the look and warmth of wood, but I am concerned about scratching. I have BR-111 engineered Tigerwood in my bedroom, and after only 5 years or so, it is scratched and nicked up horribly. I don't know if that type of wood is inherently soft or if I got a low grade. I don't want a repeat of what happened in that room. Especially since I live alone and am not really hard on the floors.

Is there a type of wood that is not going to get all these scratches and gouges with normal everyday living? Or should I go with some type of natural stone?

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We have red oak throughout our house ( about 3000sf ) and several Golden Retrievers. The floor does take some abuse but we went with a satin finish and that makes all the difference. The glossier finishes will show every little scratch and if you are very particular about your floors that could be a problem

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 4:24PM
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How about the "wood look" ceramic tile? The better one's really DO look just like plank.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 11:51AM
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