Overwhelmed with the flooring choices
I have been reading the forum for a few days, and I am overwhelmed at the flooring choices.
We have two kids, two dogs and two cats. Our carpet is destructed.
We are looking for new flooring for our downstairs. It is an open floor plan. Great room and dining are carpeted. The kitchen, entry-way, half-bath and laundry are linoleum. We are on a concrete slab. In an ideal situation we would continue the flooring up the actual stairs and into the loft, which are also carpeted.
We looked at engineered hardwood and it seems great, but so expensive. Basically we would only be able to put the engineered in the currently carpeted area. The rest would have to stay as is.
With laminate or vinyl we could afford to do much more of the house. The entire downstairs and possibly the loft as well.
We have looked at Mohawk laminate, Luxe Plank vinyl (Armstrong), Mohawk engineered hardwood, other vinyl products as well.
Any advice on how to come to a decision on this? Pros and cons? Is engineered hardwood truly the best choice with pets?