We are getting ready to install brand new Milliken carpeting in our family room and also a new floor in the kitchen, eating area and hallway. We have a Cape Cod. As you enter the front door you are in the family room - which gets a ton of traffic. We plan to put down a small area of laminate wood flooring (not sure what brand? suggestions?) at the entranceway so people can wipe off their feet if necessary. Walking from the family room there is a doorway that brings you right into our kitchen's eating area and actual kitchen which is 190 square feet. If you turn to the left there is a hallway that is 40 square feet.
Right now there is indoor/outdoor carpeting throughout the entire kitchen/eating area and hallway - which we are getting rid of. My husband wants to carpet the eating area and hallway - but I prefer to use laminate or vinyl throughout the kitchen and eating area. Initially I wanted to put laminate or vinyl down the hallway - but there are two bedrooms down there and a bathroom and I just think it will look to "kitcheny" - plus it would be nice to have a soft surface to walk on.
So most likely we will do the laminate or vinyl JUST in the kitchen and eating area. We have wood cabinets - so are going with a laminate tile (glueless lock) or a vinyl sheet.
We have it narrowed down to 2 products. Congoleum Ultimate (style is Destiny, color is White Putty) or Shaw Laminates "Natural Splendor" in Tigris or Adriatic Sands. We have a 2 dogs but don't anticipate a lot of scratching going on. There is a sliding glass door in the kitchen - but a lot of moisture is not anticipated. And there is the chance of a baby one day in there too.
Anyone have any experience with either of these 2 products in durability and lasting appearance? Also - what brand do you recommend in wood laminate for entranceway? We have heard nothing but good things about the interlocking laminates and also that glued products will be phased out.