Rent/Sell - Laminate wood floor or tile?
Due to the horrible housing market in Texas, we can't put our house BACK on the market for 1-2 years so we have to RE-RENT it for now. Our previous tenants put a ceramic tile in the kitchen, a different ceramic tile in the dining room, and carpeted over our black slate vinyl tile in the living room. The hurricane destroyed the carpet in the living room. [FYI - there is only a 3' area from the living room leading into the dining room - that's what you see when you come in the front door. There is a full wall dividing the rest.]
Don't know what they were thinking by installing two different tiles in rooms that butt up against each other (kitchen/dining room) but its an expense we don't want to and can't deal with right now.
So our dilemma is the living room. We planned to put HD's Novelco wood laminate in there over the vinyl (based on all the great reviews in the flooring forum). However, my contractor says when he pulled up the tack strips, the tile around the edges broke off. He thinks its much too brittle (its about 15 years old) to install the thin peel-and-stick tiles over it. Thinks we should go with a good wood laminate. That was our original choice until I read that its not good for pets or renters. So now we don't know what to do.
Being an avid HGTV fan, it seems like most prospective buyers prefer wood floors, whether they be real wood or laminate. They usually don't know the difference. I don't think another tile in that room would work (you walk into it from the outside) since we can't match it to the dining room exactly (plus its a whitish tile and that wouldn't work at all in a living room (and the tenants were evicted so we can't contact them anyway).
We found some 12mm laminate wood at Lumber Liquidators which is beautiful but we've been highly warned against LL. Also, they told us it was water resistant but I've learned differently here. I didn't want to put in a floor now that tenants can't ruin and then have to do it again in 1-2 years to sell it. The laminate's much more expensive that the peel-and-stick but we may have no choice. Plus, I guess if they scratch it or get water stains on it, I guess we can just replace those planks (but scratches could be all over the floor.)
Sorry this is so long but any suggestions - from realtors or others?