Laminate vs. Vinyl in Kitchen and Bath
I recently had a bunch of water damage to the first floor of my townhome due to a toilet leak. A water damage remediation company came out and ripped out all of the vinyl in my bathroom and hallway and most of my kitchen. They found three layers of vinyl and an original layer of what is almost assuredly asbestos tile. The layers of vinyl did not all come up. I was left with a torn up multilayered floor. It has been recommended that the tiles be left down.
The insurance company gave me $3,500 for flooring, drywall repair, and shoe molding replacement.
My original idea was just to have the vinyl replaced. I like vinyl. It's comfortable and easy to clean. One of the contractors I was considering to have do the work had their flooring subcontractor come out and look at my floors. They recommended laminate flooring because the base floor is so torn up. They said that leveling the floor for vinyl would cost more than putting down laminate, though laminate is more expensive by the foot than vinyl.
Laminate flooring looks really nice but is this the wisest decision considering it is going into a kitchen with a laundry area and a half-bath? I also have two pets. I have a small cat and a 4-year old schnauzer. They made no mention that it might not be a good idea to install laminate in these areas.
Would I be asking for trouble if I had laminate flooring installed? I was looking at the best grade of Armstrong residential laminate with a tile look.
Is it true that installing vinyl would be more expensive than laminate in this case?
Any advice would be appreciated. I'm completely lost. I've been living with a messed up floor and holes in my walls for over a month now and am starting to get impatient to get this over with.