This is my first post--I'm new to home improvements and definitely a 'handy-gimp' so to speak.
We have mostly carpet throughout our home, with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms (tile). The carpet is old and we have a five-year old and two large dogs, so we're not helping it in its old age. The kitchen tile is a light cream color and has a matte/textured surface so it's virtually impossible to keep clean.
We considered laminate, but I've been hearing about the moisture issues and I really need something durable (child + two large dogs = a floor's worst nightmare). Here are our options (as we understand them):
LIVING ROOM/HALLWAY: Stained Concrete, Engineered Flooring, Cork Flooring
KITCHEN: Stained Concrete, Engineered Flooring, Cork Flooring, Tile (a darker,
glossier type than we have now)
STAIRS: I have no idea but I hate the carpet. Obviously, stairs are high
traffic, but aside from hardwood, I don't really know which of those
flooring types you can use on stairs.
I think for now, we're going to keep the carpet in the bedrooms. And the tile in the bathrooms is a glossier type than what's in the kitchen so it's much easier to keep clean.
We also have to think about cost and installation. We could be in this house for potentially three to six years, so we definitely don't want to put more money into it than we can get back out of it in the end.
So, that's it--give it to me straight! And thanks in advance!