Laminate vs Engineered flooring in basement
I am looking install a hardwood looking floor in my finished basement. We currently have berber carpet and I hate it. The rest of my house is site finished oak (it's an older house). I know I can't put straight hardwood below grade. So, it looks like my options are laminate or engineered flooring.
I would like to put down the electric heated flooring mats before installing the new floor to help keep the basement warmer.
The basement is a fairly high traffic area as our laundry area is in the unfished part of the basement and we have to walk all the way through to the finished part to get to the laundry.
I went to Lumber Liquidators and it looks like laminates are about $1-$2 per square foot while engineered flooring is around $4 per square foot. I need 285 sq ft.
Suggestions on which option would be better--laminate vs engineered flooring?
Pros & Cons of both?