Hi, New member here. Carpet has got to come out of living room, dining room, and hall. L.R & D.R. are on a concrete slab, so I need a floating floor. The way I understand it after hours of research, I could go with engineered wood or laminate. I have 5 young grandchildren that visit, one small dog, and a family that wouldn't take shoes off at the door. I don't want to have to re-do this project in a few years because it didn't wear well, so I'm leaning more to laminate. Some same they love it, some say they hate it - some say it 's very scratch resistant, some say it's not - some say it's noisy, other's say just put down good underlayment and it's quiet. I thought maybe I could take a poll here and help make my decision. I've looked at many different brands, styles within the brands, ratings, prices, and general info. I want something that looks good and holds up very well for the long term. If you have laminate, would you mind giving me your opinion about it, what brand/collection you have, and if you installed it yourself. Thank you very much - it's a big decision - once you've got it down, it's yours!